Student Citizens of the Year Take Ottawa

March 12, 2012

Winners of the 2011-12 Canadian Citizenship Challenge explore the nation’s capital

Toronto— March 12, 2012– This year’s winners of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s 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, have arrived in Ottawa for a special prize trip. As “Student Citizens of the Year,” Lena McDermott of Tangier, NS and Miguel Martins of Etobicoke, ON, were awarded all-expenses paid trips for their perfect scores in the Challenge.
For three days (March 12-14), Lena and Miguel will be staying at the Fairmont Château Laurier, touring Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall, attending a Question Period in the House of Commons, and getting a private tour of the Canadian War Museum. They will also meet Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney.
“The Institute was thrilled to have overwhelming participation from young Canadians this year,” said Jeremy Diamond, Director at The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We’re happy to reward the wonderful achievement of our winners with a celebration of Canadian citizenship in the national capital.”
“I’m pleased to have the chance to personally meet both of the outstanding winners of Historica-Dominion’s excellent citizenship competition,” said Minister Kenney - Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
The winners will share their experiences on the Student Citizen Blog at
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 Canadian Citizenship Challenge is based on the information and history found in the Discover Canada citizenship Study Guide. Discover Canada focuses on the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, and on Canada's history, military contributions, symbols, values and institutions.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization in Canada dedicated to history, citizenship and identity. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.


For a complete schedule of the trip or for more information on the winners:
Elise Cotter - Program Officer
The Historica-Dominion Institute
1.866-701-1867 x 301 or