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Toronto elementary students win big in Passages Canada national photo contest

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A Grade 6 class from Cornell Junior Public School and Areg Kostanyan from St. Sahag St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School in Toronto have been selected as winners of Passages Canada’s Imagine Culture Photo Contest.
The Grade 6 class from Cornell Junior Public School won second place in the Elementary category with their diverse entries representing their places of worship, favourite foods, cultural activities and images from their trips around the world, to explain what cultures surround and affect them in their daily lives.

Areg Kostanyan, a third grader from St. Sahag St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School won third place in the Elementary category with a thoughtful photo of his family ice fishing in Northern Canada– a new Canadian tradition for his family, who immigrated to Canada from Armenia via Macedonia just 5 years ago.

In its inaugural year, the Passages Canada Imagine Culture Photo Contest encouraged youth ages 5 to 29 across Canada to explore issues of culture, identity, and immigration through photography. Work was juried by an esteemed panel from Passages Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue in Canadian communities. Our volunteer speakers share their personal experiences of identity, culture and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.

For more information, contact:

Lee-Anne Lavell, Program Coordinator
T 416.506.1867 x 264
llavell@historicacanada.ca

Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator
T 416. 506.1867 X 261
ahall@historicacanada.ca