Student Citizens of the Year take Ottawa
Ottawa, March 1 – The Historica-Dominion Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2010-11 Canadian Citizenship Challenge, which asks students from sea to sea to prove they are Great Canadians by putting their knowledge of Canada to the test. The Challenge Grand Prize of a “Student Citizen of the Year” trip to Ottawa was awarded to Alexandra Wilson of Brooks, Alberta and Jonathan Olsen of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As Student Citizens of the Year, 14 year old Alexandra and 17 year old Jonathan will travel to Ottawa from March 1st to 3rd, 2011 to stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier, tour Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, and the Canadian War Museum. They will also have lunch with their Members of Parliament and meet the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney. The winners will share their experiences on the Student Citizen Blog at www.canadiancitizenshipchallenge.ca.
“The Institute would like to congratulate the Student Citizens of the Year”, said Jeremy Diamond, Director of Development & Programs at The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We were encouraged by the overwhelming response of young Canadians to the Challenge and are excited to celebrate this wonderful achievement.”
“I’m pleased to have the chance to meet and to congratulate personally the winners of Historica-Dominion’s excellent citizenship competition,” said Minister Kenney - Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
The Canadian Citizenship Challenge is run by The Historica-Dominion Institute based on the idea that all Canadians should have a basic understanding of Canada’s national history, traditions, values, geography, and culture. The Institute believes that every Canadian citizen should be able to answer basic questions about who they are and where they come from. This program is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest, independent charitable organization in Canada dedicated to promoting memory, citizenship and identity. The Institute's mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
For further information :
Amy Marlene Robichaud - Program Coordinator, Civics
The Historica-Dominion Institute