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Oakville student’s lively screenplay wins special prize in Passages Canada national contest

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Oakville student’s lively screenplay wins special prize in Passages Canada national contest

OAKVILLE, ON, May 30, 2014 – A recent graduate from St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School has been selected as a national winner of Passages Canada’s Write and Make Art! Challenge. The contest received over 400 submissions from students in Grades 1 to 12.

Danielle Roy, who recently finished Grade 12 at St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School, won top prize in a special category with her clever satirical screenplay “A Tomato in the Sun,” which looks at issues of race through an unconventional lens.

Danielle has won a scholarship with the Vancouver Animation School to complete an online certificate in Writing for Animation. Vancouver Animation School is devoted to educating aspiring artists in the diverse disciplines that form the animation, visual effects and video game industries.

“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.

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Excerpt from screenplay by Danielle Roy, Grade 12 student winner, Oakville, ON

“A Tomato in the Sun”

[…]

Applegail – [She puts her hands together in a pleading position] “Tom why don’t we just tell him? I hate keeping secrets from my pa.”

Tom Atoes-[He backs away] “You know why we can’t do that. Me and you… fruits like you and veggies like me… we’re not supposed to be together!”

Applegail-“But why Tom? I don’t care if you’re a tomato, you’re more of a fruit than any of the other fruits in this town!”

Tom Atoes- [He turns away] “No one sees me as any kind of fruit. They just see me as some low down ‘mater, not fit to wear the same dressing as them.”

Applegail- [Runs to him] ”I see you for who you are Tom Atoes! That’s why I love you, and I wish they’d all just leave us be.”

Tom Atoes- [Crosses his arms and looks offstage] “Maybe in another time and another garden we could just be together in this big mixed up salad of a world. But we have to keep this quiet.” [He grabs her hands tenderly] “As long as I can be with you, my love. You are the only apple of my eye.” [They embrace for a moment]