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May 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Minister of State Keith Ashfield Announces the Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009 Finalist for New Brunswick

DIEPPE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament (Fredericton), today announced the names of the winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The provincial finalist for New Brunswick, Joshua Bastarache, aged 8, attends Queen Elizabeth School in Moncton. He interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. Joshua's poster portrays athletes from each Canadian province with a backdrop of maple leaves and gold medals. Inside the maple leaves, we see several Canadian icons: Peacekeepers, the RCMP, scientists, and animals found in Canada.

"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 once again demonstrate that these Games are for all of Canada. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

"Our young people demonstrated such great talent in their posters," said Minister of State Ashfield. "Congratulations to our finalists Joshua, Rachel, Morgan and Alana and all New Brunswick participants. Thanks to your imagination and creativity, your artwork truly reflects what makes you proud of our great country."

In New Brunswick, 1759 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the Challenge this year. The provincial finalist was chosen among the four winners in the following age groups:

- 5 to 8 years: Joshua Bastarache, age 8, Queen Elizabeth School, Moncton

- 9 to 11 years: Rachel (Da-En) Kang, age 11, Evergreen Park School, Moncton

- 12 to 14 years: Morgan Dugdale, age 14, Leo Hayes High School, Fredericton

- 15 to 18 years: Alana O'Halloran, age 17, St. Stephen High School, St. Stephen

Joshua will be among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists who will go to Ottawa in June to participate in the Canada Day celebrations. If he is chosen as the national winner, he 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 Poster Challenge 2009 grand prize winner's name will be announced in May and will be 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, please visit

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Contact Information

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