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Young woman wins big in Passages Canada national contest with photo of historic St. John’s neighbourhood

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St. John’s, June 24, 2016 – Kelsie Lundrigan, 21, of Upper Island Cove won first place in the Imagine Culture Photo Contest, Audience Choice category, for her photo entitled Quidi Vidi. The contest received over 300 submissions from youth ages 5 to 29.

The photo captures the boats moored at Quidi Vidi Village and discusses the history of this area in St. John’s, named for Quidi Vidi Lake.  A historic fishing village that housed the Pepperell Air Force Base from the beginning of World War II until 1960, Quidi Vidi is now a popular tourist destination.

The Passages Canada Imagine Culture Photo Contest encourages youth across Canada to explore issues of culture, identity, and immigration through photography. The entries were reviewed by a panel of Historica Canada and Passages Canada volunteers with backgrounds in the arts. The winning entries can be viewed here.

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. More than 1,000 volunteers participate in this storytelling program that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue and strengthens our appreciation for one another in an open spirit that is genuinely Canadian. 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.

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