Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Minister Peter MacKay Announces 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge Finalist for Nova Scotia

CANNING, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), today announced the names of the winners in the four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Nova Scotia finalist, Izra Fitch, age 12, attends Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. Within a brightly coloured border of snapshot images of Canadian symbols, Izra has created a vibrantly coloured scene of winter sports being played against a backdrop of majestic mountains. She has also demonstrated her appreciation of Canada's diverse population through her depiction of the athletes.

"I am proud to see how creative and inspiring our young Canadians are. All of the participants were able to show us how they see Canada-from the splendour of its landscapes to the wealth of its history and cultural diversity," said Minister Moore. "With the 2010 Winter Games less than a year away, the Poster Challenge has allowed thousands of young people from every part of the country to take part in the excitement and to demonstrate once again that these are truly Canada's Games. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

"With the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games right around the corner, Emma, Jillian, Izra, and Allison used their imagination and their creativity to show the world, through colourful posters, what makes young Nova Scotians proud of Canada," said Minister MacKay.

In Nova Scotia, close to 1200 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the Challenge this year. The provincial finalist was chosen from among the four winners in the following age groups:

- 5 to 8 years: Emma MacLean, age 6, Carleton Consolidated School, in Carleton

- 9 to 11 years: Jillian Carter, age 11, Madeline Symonds Middle School, in Hammonds Plains

- 12 to 14 years: Izra Fitch, age 12, Northeast Kings Education Centre, in Canning

- 15 to 18 years: Allison MacDougall, age 15, Horton High School, in Wolfville

Izra will be among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists who will go to Ottawa in June to participate in the Canada Day celebrations. As a finalist, she also has a chance to win this year's special grand prize: an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The grand-prize winner is chosen from among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists. The winner's work will become the official poster for Celebrate Canada and will be distributed nationwide.

Created in 1987, the Poster Challenge program encourages young Canadians to learn more about Canada, which makes them even more proud of our country and strengthens their feeling of belonging.

For more information on the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge, visit

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations