Penticton Students Beat out 900 Classrooms to Win 2012 Canadian Citizenship Challenge

February 15, 2012

The Historica-Dominion Institute is proud to announce the winner of the 2011-12 Canadian Citizenship Challenge

PENTICTON – February 15, 2012 — The Historica-Dominion Institute is proud to announce the winner of the 2011-12 Canadian Citizenship Challenge, which asks students from sea to sea to prove they are Great Canadians by putting their knowledge of this country to the test. Out of the 900 participating classrooms across Canada, the highest average score of 98.8% came from Michele Cumberland’s Grade 8 classroom at Holy Cross School.
“We are thrilled to be at Holy Cross School to award first place in the Citizenship Challenge to Ms. Cumberland’s students,” said Brigitte d’Auzac, Senior Manager at the Historica-Dominion Institute. “These students have shown impressive knowledge of Canadian history and an abundance of civic spirit. We congratulate them and all of this year’s participants!” 
To celebrate this achievement, The Historica-Dominion Institute hosted a Citizenship Celebration at the school at which students heard inspiring Canadian stories from a Canadian veteran, a new Canadian, and Sandra Paterson a close friend of the late George F. Stanley who is credited with the design of the Canadian flag.  An awards ceremony was held and a Canadiana-themed lunch was served for winners.

"These extraordinary young people have shown themselves to be proud Canadians by learning about our past and the people and events that made Canada what it is today,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.  

Students from Grade 7 to 12 (Secondary I-V in Quebec)were eligible to enter at and the Grand Prizes included an in-school Citizenship Celebration for the winning classroom hosted by The Historica-Dominion Institute.
The Canadian Citizenship Challengeis 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. Discover the Institute at


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Elise Cotter
Program Assistant
The Historica-Dominion Institute
416.506.1867 x. 250