Tuesday, February 21, 2012


After an absence of a year, due to some reorganization necessitated by  federal cuts to Arts & Culture, The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador's Annual Heritage Day Poster Contest returned yesterday.

Katie Butt, a Grade Six Student from St. Francis School in Harbour Grace won top honors this year. Her poster depicted Rorke Store, Carbonear.

Other Winners included: Grade three student Stephanie Skinner of Jakeman All Grade school in Trout River was the primary winner; grade seven student Stephen MacDonald of St. Francis in Harbour Grace took the honours in the Junior High category, and the Senior High winner was grade 10 student Amanda Whelan of Holy Spirit High in Manuals.

I had the pleasure of working with the Heritage Foundation Of Newfoundland and Labrador for  a number of years. The highlight of my year was the poster contest. The incredible submissions  from talented school children and adolescents expressing our incredible build heritage made for an exciting trip to the post office throughout January.

I always felt for the judges who had to choose the overall winners. I might have a bias, liked a particular poster more than others, but the final decision always came down to the judges. All I had to do was arrange a guest speaker, the venue and inform the winner.

I  am happy to see the contest return. Congratulations to Andrea, her judges and the organization for continuing to promote our historic places and instill a sense of pride in or build heritage.

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