Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Minister Vic Toews Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009 Finalist for Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced the names of the winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Manitoba finalist, Jennifer Bruneau, age 16, attends St. Maurice School in Winnipeg. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. In her poster, Jennifer has woven together symbols of Canada's arts, culture, landmarks, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes. This colourful portrait displays the diversity of our country and its people.

"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 are truly Canada's Games. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

"In Manitoba, more than 2700 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the challenge this year," said Minister Toews. "This is quite exceptional as it represents almost twice the amount of entries received last year. The quality of the students' work demonstrates that they feel a great pride in our nation. Congratulations!"

The provincial finalist was chosen from among the four winners in the following age groups:

- 5 to 8 years: Theresa Joy Maligaya Patiag, age 8, Sargent Park School, Winnipeg

- 9 to 11 years: Michelle Leung, age 11, Ecole Marie-Anne-Gaboury, Winnipeg

- 12 to 14 years: Demara Davidson, age 14, Balmoral Hall School, Winnipeg

- 15 to 18 years: Jennifer Bruneau, age 16, St. Maurice School, Winnipeg

Jennifer 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