Winnipeg – February 12, 2015 — Historica Canada is pleased to announce that Sir Ernest MacMillan Public.School is home to this year’s winners of the Citizenship Challenge. With a 91% average, Jane Sully Belec’s grade 8 class beat out more than 1,000 classrooms from across Canada to win a Special Flag Day Citizenship Celebration prize. More than 60,000 Canadians participated in the 2014 edition of the Challenge.
Jane Sully Belec explained her students, “took it upon themselves to find innovative ways to teach each other about Canada's history, culture and citizenship thereby promoting their own learning, leading to success with the Challenge.” Belec added, “Upon hearing the news that they had won, the class was ecstatic! I am extremely proud.”
“All Canadians are equal – but some Canadians know more about our country than others. This is a great way for people to find out how they measure up – and to be reminded that citizenship is something we should never take lightly.’," said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada.
The entire school gathered for a Citizenship Celebration. This year’s ceremony focused on the Canadian Flag, celebrating its 50th anniversary on February 15. Gold-medal winning Olympic hockey player Becky Kellar, and MP Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration shared their stories of what the Canadian Flag and active citizenship mean to them.
Expressing both her sense of pride and responsibility for Canada, Kellar noted: “We are fortunate to live in one of the greatest countries in the world. Great people came before us and paved a way that we now have the opportunity and obligation to build on.”
Local Member of Parliament, Mike Wallace, presented the winning Grade 8 students with their Challenge Certificates. Students participated in a reaffirmation ceremony and over 400 students worked together to unfurl and raise a giant Canadian Flag.
The Citizenship Challenge asks Canadians to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a mock citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. The program is made possible through funding from 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, visit historicacanada.ca.
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Elise Cotter, Program Coordinator
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