The Albert County Museum was bustling with activity on May 8th as Anglophone East students came to spend the day participating in the 2019 Regional Heritage Fair.
Students from nine district schools proudly displayed their creative and innovative heritage projects of varied themes and project categories in the Community Hall. Judges interviewed the students and assessed the projects based on specific evaluation criteria for the special juried awards, as well as other prizes. However, the day included much more than the judging of the projects!
One memorable highlight of the Heritage Fair day was having everyone join together for an informative and engaging First Nation presentation by Elder Donna Augustine, which included a smudge ceremony and everyone learning a Mi'kmaq song.
During the Awards Ceremony, Dawne McLean, Coordinator of the Regional Heritage Fair, read a message received from the Honourable Jocelyn Roy Vienneau, the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and Honorary Patron of the Heritage Fair program. Her Honour expressed to the students, “Heritage Fairs help to link us to our past in an important and personal way, because the subjects you have chosen, the research you have discovered and the projects you present are an extension of you!”
Each student was presented a commemorative RHF medallion by Tracy Landry, Subject Coordinator for First Nation Education and Social Studies for Anglophone East District. Both the Hopewell Rocks and Fundy Cape Enrage donated 2019 family passes to all the students.
The following students received the Regional Heritage Juried Awards and other prizes.
- Phaedra Williams, a grade 8 student from Dorchester Consolidated School was presented the Provincial Showcase Award by Gilles Bourque of NB Heritage Branch. Phaedra will represent ASD-E with her project “My Grandfather – His impact on Cystic Fibrosis Care” at the Provincial Heritage Fair to be held June 21-23 at the Village Historique Acadien, NB. Phaedra Williams also received the Young Citizen's Award; she will create a 2-3 minute video about her project to be submitted to the History Society of Canada website.
- Claire MacQuarrie (Riverview East) received the NB Historic Places Award for “The Saxby Gale.”
- Margaret Harris (Riverview Middle) received the NB St. Croix Award for “Post WWII Dutch Immigration.”
- Daniel Duffy (Caledonia Regional) received the NB Aboriginal Affairs Award for “The Residential School Experience.”
- Caleb LeBlanc and Zoe Murphy (Shediac Cape) received the NB Provincial Commemorations Award for “The Loyalists.”
- Moriya Boyle (Shediac Cape) received the NB Museum Award of Merit for “The Mulatto Culture.”
- Azaniah Gepiga (Edith Cavell) received the Council of NB Archives Award for “The Halifax Explosion.”
- Harris Higgins (Edith Cavell) received the NB Sport Legacy Award for “The Montreal Canadiens.”
- Ella MacPhail (Riverview East) received the NB Labour History Award for “Escuminac Disaster.”
- Ava Mitton (Evergreen Park) received the NB Military History Award for “WWII–A Tale of Two Veterans.”
- Isabelle Blanchard (Evergreen Park) received the Elle Award/Prix Elle for “Canadian Dancer Devyn Nekoda.”
- Special Military History prize was awarded to Owen Cawley (Riverview Middle) for “WWI Expeditionary Force.”
- The Albert County Museum prize was awarded to Daniel Perue (Caledonia Regional) for “Canadian and Caribbean Indigenous Peoples.”
- Two prizes from the NB Museum were awarded to Cadence Nelson (Dorchester Consolidated) for “Mont Royal” and to Cailyn Way (Bessborough School) for “Early 16th Century Inuit Settlements.”
- Two prizes from Resurgo Place, Moncton were awarded to Colin Munro and Ethan Rossignol (Bessborough School) for “First Nations.”
- Two prizes from Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland were awarded to Ava Carson and Marlise Carter (Port Elgin) for “Medicine Wheel.”
- Two prizes donated by Village Historique Acadien were presented to Aimee Earle and Emily Hicks (Port Elgin Regional) for “Aboriginal Women's Issues in Canada.”
Appreciative thanks to retired educators, Dawn Chase and Marion Steeves, for their expertise and support in judging the Heritage Fair projects.
Congratulations to the students on their achievements in creating such impressive heritage projects!
The Albert County Museum was pleased to host the 2019 Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair and to share in this educational opportunity of heritage celebration!
Dawne McLean is the Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair Coordinator