Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 17, 2014 14:00 ET

Recipients of 2014 Government of Canada History Awards Announced

Awards honour outstanding students and teachers of Canadian history

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the recipients of the 2014 Government of Canada History Awards with students of St. Mary's Academy. Minister Glover also announced the two national student winners and launched the 2015 edition of the awards. The next deadline for teacher and student submissions is April 17, 2015.

For a complete list of the 2014 Government of Canada History Awards recipients, consult the attached backgrounder.

Quick Facts

  • The Awards were launched in February 2014, and 100 students and 20 high school teachers are receiving awards for this first edition.
  • To be eligible, students in grades 10 and 11 have to submit a 1,000-1,200 word essay based on one of five challenging questions. High school teachers have to submit a classroom project on one of three themes.
  • Teacher recipients each receive an award of $2,000, and student recipients each receive an award of $1,000.
  • Two national winners were selected from the winning students' essays. They are Bushra Sajjad of Brampton, Ontario, and Noémie Cloutier of Montréal, Quebec.
  • Canada's History Society is responsible for administering the awards on behalf of the Government of Canada. Questions for students and themes for teachers are available on their website.

Quotes

"Congratulations to the first recipients of the Government of Canada History Awards, and thank you to everyone who took part. The Awards are well on their way to becoming a success. I hope that this experience will encourage our young people to keep learning about history and teachers to keep sharing their passion for the subject with students."

—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Canada's History Society is proud to be a partner in the presentation of the Government of Canada History Awards. The submissions by both the students and teachers demonstrate evidence of growing strength and sincere interest of Canadians related to their shared history. This impressive work and dedication is truly worthy of celebration!"

—Janet Walker, President and CEO, Canada's History Society

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Backgrounder
Recipients of Government of Canada History Awards for Students

British Columbia
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Mehala Breederland Aldergrove Aldergrove Community Secondary School English
William Fioraso Port Alberni Choices DL / VAST English
Eric Jihun Kim Port Moody Dr. Charles Best Secondary School English
Helen Luo Richmond École Secondaire Hugh McRoberts Secondary French
Noureddine Bayan Richmond École Secondaire Hugh McRoberts Secondary French
Ariane Calvert Victoria École Victor-Brodeur French
Vicky Yi Qing Liu Surrey Fraser Heights Secondary School English
Megan Butchart Kelowna Kelowna Secondary School English
Samuel Cho Kelowna Kelowna Secondary School English
Katie Webb Kelowna Kelowna Secondary School English
Angel Yu Kelowna Kelowna Secondary School English
Megan Soderlund Kelowna Kelowna Secondary School English
Ivan Hui North Vancouver Lions Gate Christian Academy English
Ashley Nielsen Campbell River Timberline Secondary School English
Adrian Molenkamp Surrey Traditional Learning Academy English
Celine Edwards Falkland Vernon Christian School English
Christina Daudlin North Vancouver West Vancouver Secondary School English
Kian Shahangyan Vancouver West Vancouver Secondary School English
Michelle Huynh Vancouver Windermere Secondary School English
Alberta
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Brooke Kelly Calgary Bishop Grandin High School English
Brinton Wolever Calgary Central Memorial High School English
Midhat Rizvi Edmonton McNally High School English
Ryan Fong Edmonton McNally High School English

Saskatchewan
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Anna Pouteaux Hodgeville Hodgeville High School English
Danielle Major St. Brieux St. Brieux School English
Manitoba
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Alice Yu Winnipeg St. John's-Ravenscourt School English
Aisha Haji Hussein Winnipeg St. Mary's Acadamy English
Allegra Chiarella Winnipeg St. Mary's Academy English
Su Hyun Lim Winnipeg St. Mary's Academy English
JaeYeon Park Winnipeg St. Mary's Academy English
Anya Ingram Lorette St. Mary's Academy English
Natasha Danais Winnipeg University of Winnipeg Collegiate English
Ontario
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Weiran Yu Toronto Agincourt Collegiate Institute English
Kyle Fitzgerald Oshawa All Saints Catholic Secondary School English
Tejas Pandya Windsor Assumption College Catholic High School English
Emmett Bisbee Innisfil Barrie Central Collegiate English
Charlotte Kurs Barrie Barrie North Collegiate English
Susanna Dritsas Toronto Bishop Allen Academy English
Chloé St.Amand Petawawa Bishop Smith Catholic High School English
Julie Dunleavy Guelph Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute English
Raymond Goorbachan Brampton Chinguacousy Secondary School English
Bushra Sajjad Brampton Chinguacousy Secondary School English
Pablo Cardona Ottawa Colonel By Secondary School English
Esther Raji Ottawa Colonel By Secondary School English
Nobu Chern-Warwick Toronto Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute English
Emma Pang Toronto Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute English
Shameelah Patel Whitby Donald A. Wilson Secondary School English
Brian Manurakoze Toronto École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-de-Charbonnel French
Carmen Kwan Toronto École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-de-Charbonnel French
Seif Sarofim Toronto École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-de-Charbonnel French
Jared Jenicek Aurora École secondaire catholique Renaissance French
Cara Campbell Erin Erin District High School English
Vaishnavi Kotha Mississauga Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School English
Mahnoor Hamid Mississuaga Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School English
Sarah Tsounis Dundas Highland Secondary School English
Sam Routley Newmarket Huron Heights Secondary School English
Victoria Kuczer Mississauga Iona Catholic Secondary School English
Taylor Madonna Goulais River Korah Collegiate and Vocational School English
Carmen Li Markham Markville Secondary School English
Adil Rehman Markham Markville Secondary School English
Alexandra Sterjovski Markham Markville Secondary School English
Nikita Zurowski Stouffville Markville Secondary School English
Rahee Shah Etobicoke Northview Heights Secondary School English
Sheraz Tariq Etobicoke Northview Heights Secondary School English
Patrick Weller Douglas Opeongo High School English
James Newman Toronto Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute English
Katie Jany St. Catharines Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School English
Valesca de Groot St. Catharines Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School French
Jessica Frappier Lively St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School English
Zoe Harrison Toronto The Bishop Strachan School English
Karman Cheema Brampton Upper Canada College English
Victor Lal Toronto Woburn Collegiate Institute English
Quebec
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Mathieu Beaudoin-Dumas Blainville Académie Sainte-Thérèse French
Catherine Caron Roberval Cité étudiante Roberval French
Vincent Dionne Kamouraska Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière French
Émilie Roy-St-Pierre Sainte-Louise Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière French
Jenna Carmosino-Andrade Laval Collège Regina Assumpta French
Ana Luiza Nicolae Laval Collège Regina Assumpta French
Paulina Symala Laval Collège Regina Assumpta French
Noémie Cloutier Montréal Collège Regina Assumpta French
Adam-Joseph Ghadi-Delgado Montréal Collège Regina Assumpta French
Kim Anh La Montréal Collège Regina Assumpta French
Pierre-Antoine Bernard La Pocatière Collège Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière French
Rosalie Corriveau St-Constant École de la Magdeleine French
Justine St-Gelais Sept-Îles École Manikoutai French
Laurie St-Fleur Montréal-Nord École Marie-Clarac French
Carson Turnbull Wentworth Laurentian Regional High School English
Ana Pavlovic Québec Polyvalente de Charlesbourg French
Noémie Laporte Montréal Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes French
Madeleine Lawler Dollard-des Ormeaux Royal West Academy English
Fatima Malik Pierrefonds St. Thomas High School English
New Brunswick
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Luisa Schwarz Fredericton École Sainte-Anne French
Erika Powell Saint Andrews Sir James Dunn Academy English
Nova Scotia
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Chaeyoung Kim Hammond Plains Charles P. Allen High School English
Mitchell Rouse River Denys Dalbrae Academy English
Kassidy Bernard Whycocomagh Dalbrae Academy English
Clancy McDaniel Whycocomagh Dalbrae Academy English
Kira Sark Whycocomagh Dalbrae Academy English
Sierra Sparks Dartmouth Prince Andrew High School English
Newfoundland and Labrador
Student City School Name Language of Essay
Rachel Coombs Trepassey Stella Maris Academy English

Recipients of Government of Canada History Awards for Teachers

British Columbia
Teacher City School Name
Nathan Moes Dease Lake Dease Lake School
Adrian French Victoria Mount Douglas Secondary
Dan Conner West Vancouver Rockridge Secondary School
Paula Waatainen West Vancouver Rockridge Secondary School
Suzanne Uher Surrey Traditional Learning Academy
Reena Dhillon Abbotsford W.J. Mouat Secondary School
Saskatchewan
Teacher City School Name
Nicole Strandlund Vibank Vibank Regional School
Manitoba
Teacher Teaching Partner City School Name
Matt Henderson Heather Ragot Winnipeg St. John's-Ravenscourt School
Ontario
Teacher Teaching Partner City School Name
Holly Berner Meaford Georgian Bay Secondary School
Luisa Fracassi Toronto Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School
Flora Fung Oshawa Oshawa Central CI
Ryan McManaman Dave Alexander Owen Sound Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Blake Seward Smiths Falls Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute
Stephanie Lett Ottawa Student Teacher
Rita Gravina Catherine Pfaff Toronto The Bishop Strachan School
Sue Jackson Toronto Thistletown Collegiate Institute
Quebec
Teacher Teaching Partner City School Name
Jean-Pierre Frigon Saint-Tite École secondaire Paul-Le Jeune
Katherine Leadbetter Salluit Ikusik School
Christian Lagueux Jean-Pierre Lagueux Saint-Georges / Saint-Martin Polyvalente de Saint-Georges / Polyvalente Bélanger
Nova Scotia
Teacher City School Name
Francene Gillis Mabou Dalbrae Academy

Government of Canada History Awards Overview

The Government of Canada History Awards were created to honour outstanding students and teachers who show an interest in celebrating Canadian history. The Awards are administered by Canada's History Society, an independent national organization that has developed a strong educational network across the country.

Evaluation Process for Awards for Teachers

Projects submitted by teachers are evaluated by a judging panel guided by four main criteria: does it develop historical thinking skills; does it motivate student interest; is the activity creative and innovative; and is student work appropriately assessed. A shortlist from all participants is selected by an independent panel of members representative of the education community. Winners are selected by an independent panel of five judges. The judges' decision is final.

Evaluation Process for Awards for Students

Essays received from students are evaluated by judging panels guided by five main criteria: relevance to the question posed; quality of research and sources; quality of writing; accuracy of information; and demonstrated critical and historical thinking skills applied. A shortlist from all participants is selected by an independent panel of members from the education community. Winners are selected by an independent panel of five judges. The judges' decision is final.

The 12 highest ranked essays in English and French are then reviewed by the assessors separately to select two final essays, one in French and one in English. The winning students will receive a medal at the Governor General's History Awards presentation on November 3, 2014.

Selection of Award Themes

The themes for both the teacher awards and the student essay questions are selected in consultation with an advisory council established by Canada's History Society. They are based on both relevance to curricula taught in grades 10 and 11 across the country and significant national anniversaries and commemorations in Canadian history.

Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

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