Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 15:30 ET

National Winner Announced for 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Kelly Block, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced that Allison Forseille of Saskatoon, age 15, is the national winner of the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge, which had the theme "With Glowing Hearts." Mrs. Block made the announcement at a press conference held at Bethlehem Catholic High School, where the winner is a student.

"Congratulations to Allison and everyone who sent us their outstanding, colourful works representing our wonderful country, each more original than the next," said Minister Moore, who called to congratulate Allison after the press conference. "This contest reflects what our young people understand and admire about Canada. I am very proud to note the success of this year's Challenge, which attracted 26,300 participants from across Canada."

"I am very impressed by the talent of our young Canadians!" said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). "With less than a year until the 2010 Winter Games, I am happy to see that so many young Canadians from across our country are showing their enthusiasm for this important event. There is no doubt that the 2010 Games will truly be Canada's Games."

"I am very proud of Allison and all the young people who, like her, rose to this year's Poster Challenge," said Mrs. Block. "This type of activity strengthens our young people's feeling of pride in their country and everything that makes it what it is. This year especially, they have demonstrated that people in Saskatchewan are really in the spirit of the 2010 Winter Games."

Asked to explain her drawing, Allison said, "The cheering fans are not only welcoming the world and Olympians to Canada; they are also cheering for the pure beauty that our country has to offer. In my poster, I also depict cultural diversity in Canada by clothing the fans in the colours of other countries."

Allison wins a special grand prize this year: an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Her work will become the official poster for Canada Day and will be distributed across the country. In addition, Allison and the 12 other provincial and territorial finalists will attend the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. They will join the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, as well as thousands of other Canadians celebrating our country in the national capital.

The Poster Challenge is a very popular program. Every year, it invites Canadians aged 5 to 18 to visually express what inspires them about their country. In 2009, "With Glowing Hearts" was the theme for them to express their enthusiasm and pride in Canada.

For a copy of the official Canada Day poster with a calendar on the back, contact your regional Canadian Heritage office.

You can admire the works of all 13 provincial and territorial finalists at

Information Sheet

Finalists in the 2009 national Canada Day Poster Challenge:

- Allison Forseille, aged 15, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (national winner)

- Jennifer Bruneau, aged 16, Winnipeg, Manitoba (2nd place)

- Joshua Bastarache, aged 8, Dieppe, New Brunswick (3rd place)

- Amy Park, aged 15, Forteau, Newfoundland and Labrador

- Rachel Kim, aged 16, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

- Izra Fitch, aged 12, Canning, Nova Scotia

- Amelia Lewis, aged 17, Iqaluit, Nunavut

- Anne-Marie Ouellet, aged 15, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

- Jacky Lu, aged 14, Richmond Hill, Ontario

- Rosa Lee, aged 14, Calgary, Alberta

- Carly Gon, aged 17, Behchoko, Northwest Territories

- Arturo Calvo, aged 14, Whitehorse, Yukon

- Atalanta Shi, aged 13, Burnaby, British Columbia

From June to October 2009, Allison Forseille's work, along with that of the 12 other provincial and territorial finalists, will be on display at the Canadian Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

We thank the official sponsors of the Poster Challenge-the Hudson's Bay Company, the Historica Foundation, the Trans Canada Trail, and the Canadian Children's Museum. These partners will also provide prizes for the winners.

(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