Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 18, 2008 17:00 ET

The Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 Winners for Saskatchewan Are Announced

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Rebecca Clark, age 14, from Wolseley High School, Wolseley, is the provincial Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 finalist for Saskatchewan. This year's theme was My Canada Today!

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament (Regina-Qu'Appelle), today participated in the awards ceremony announcing the provincial finalist, as well as regional winners by age category.

"Throughout Canada, we celebrate the creativity and talent of our young people. In their posters, these young people have brilliantly shown what Canada represents for them," said Minister Verner. "Their artwork beautifully reflects our identity, our history, and how these young artists see the future."

"The Canada Day Poster Challenge is an excellent opportunity for young people to show their pride in being Canadian. It gives them the opportunity to explore the beauty of Canada's landscapes, the richness of its history and the diversity of its culture," said Mr. Scheer.

More than 1200 young people aged 5 to 18 from across Saskatchewan participated in this year's Poster Challenge. The provincial finalist was chosen from among four winners in the following age categories:

Ages 5 to 8: Kevin Tran, age 7, St. Augustine Community School, Regina

Ages 9 to 11: Andrea Ferstl, age 11, St. Theresa, Regina

Ages 12 to 14: Rebecca Clark, age 14, Wolseley High School, Wolseley (provincial winner)

Ages 15 to 18: Amanda McLeod, age 16, Rivier Academy, Prince Albert

One of the 13 finalists' works, selected from all the provinces and territories, will be chosen to appear on the official 2008 Canada Day poster, which will be distributed across the country. The winning artist will be announced in May. In addition, the 13 provincial and territorial finalists will travel to Ottawa, where they will join thousands of other Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada Day. As a special feature this year, the finalists will continue on to Quebec City where, on July 3, they will take part in the big celebration of the city's 400th anniversary-a historic date for all of Canada and North America.

From June to September 2008, the 13 finalists' posters will be on display at the Canadian Children's Museum, located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

Initiated in 1987, the Canada Day Poster Challenge has become one of the most popular programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Winners will receive prizes from our official partners in the 2008 Poster Challenge: the Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc), the Trans Canada Trail, the Historica Foundation of Canada, the Dominion Institute, and the Canadian Children's Museum.

To find out more about the Canada Day Poster Challenge, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/affiche-poster

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Angela Cassie
    204-983-4367