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Calgary students big winners in Passages Canada national contest

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Calgary students big winners in Passages Canada national contest

CALGARY, AB, May 30, 2014 – Students at Colonel Irvine and John Ware School in Calgary have been selected as national winners of Passages Canada’s Write and Make Art! Challenge. In its second year, the contest received over 400 submissions from students in Grades 1 to 12. The students are the first winners of the contest from Calgary.

Holly Youngberg, a Grade 7 student at John Ware School, won in the intermediate category for her art piece that uses nail art to express the idea of our interconnectedness and shared beliefs as Canadians.

The Grade 6 students at Colonel Irvine won the classroom prize in the elementary category for their unique artwork, which expressed why immigrants choose to make Canada their home and the hopes newcomers have for their new lives. “Through this work, we see a new generation of Canadian artists and storytellers defining crucial questions of citizenship and identity,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. “The results are impressive not only in creative terms, but in broadening the discussion of how we as Canadians define ourselves.”

In its second year, the Passages Canada Write and Make Art! Challenge encouraged Grade 1 to 12 students across Canada to explore issues of immigration, identity and racism through writing and art. Work was juried by an esteemed panel from Passages Canada, The Canadian Encyclopedia and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

A storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, Passages Canada volunteers share their personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage on-line in our multimedia Story Archive and in person with schools and community groups. Since 2002, over 1,000 speakers have created dialogue on Canada’s rich diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults. Passages Canada is generously supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and TD Bank Group.

Historica Canada is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.


For more information:

Calina Ellwand, Program Coordinator

t. 1.866.701.1867 ext 392



Fadia Otariste, Communications Officer

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Artwork by Holly Youngberg, Grade 7 student winner at John Ware School 

Elementary Art Winner

Artwork by Annie Wang, among Grade 6 winners at Colonel Irvine School