Edmonton – March 3, 2015 — Historica Canada would like to congratulate students from Londonderry School who won the Citizenship Challenge’s 2014 Class Grand Prize. Colleen Fraser’s grade 9 class beat out more than 1,000 classrooms to win the national contest. More than 60,000 Canadians participated in this year’s edition.
A special Citizenship Celebration was held in honour of the winners. Over 100 students gathered to hear Passages Canada speaker Luketa M’Pindou share his journey of coming to Canada from The Democratic Republic of Congo. ''I am proud to be part of this event because we are a peaceful nation, a country where freedom, democracy and respect for cultural differences and social justice are valued,” M’Pindou said.
CTV Morning Live host Stacey Brotzel was also on hand for the celebration. She spoke of the importance of active citizenship.
Over 100 students took part in a Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony and a Citizenship Bingo Game to further demonstrate their Canadian knowledge and civic pride.
“Participating in the Citizenship Challenge has been an enriching experience for my grade 9 class. This opportunity created a renewed appreciation for the diversity and character of the students who are represented at Londonderry School,” Colleen Fraser explained.
“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 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.
For more information:
Elise Cotter, Program Coordinator
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Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator
416 506-1867 ext. 261 (work)