City of Charlottetown Prize at Heritage Fair

City of Charlottetown Prize at Heritage Fair
Posted on 05/02/2019
The City of Charlottetown congratulates Beckett Quinn the recipient of the City of Charlottetown Prize at the Provincial Heritage Fair held on Thursday, May 2, at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

The City of Charlottetown Prize is awarded annually to a student who exhibits an outstanding project on an aspect of Charlottetown’s heritage. Beckett, a grade 5 student from West Kent Elementary, won the City of Charlottetown prize for his project entitled, Sergeant Mike Quinn, Charlottetown Police Force. An exemplary member of the Charlottetown Police Services for 33 years, Sergeant Quinn took lead roles in high profile cases, and once saved three children from a burning building. He is also Beckett’s grandfather.

Honourable mention went to Matthew Koughan, a grade 8 student from École François-Buote for his project on well-known Charlottetown businessman, George Dow, entitled, George Dow- mon grandpère.

These projects were two of a variety exhibited at the annual event that focused on the City’s rich heritage. Among the many topics explored were Charlottetown’s buildings, personalities and neighbourhoods.

“We want to congratulate all of the participants and commend their hard work in earning their spot at the annual Provincial Heritage Fair,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “It’s clear that all of the students really invested themselves into their projects and I’m sure, as a result, they have gained a new appreciation for their history and culture.”

The Heritage Fair program is an educational initiative that provides students with the opportunity to learn about their heritage and culture by creating a project on an aspect of Canadian history. Heritage Fairs are held at schools across the province where students from grades 5-9 present their projects to judges from their communities. The top projects chosen from each school go on to the Provincial Heritage Fair in Charlottetown at the Confederation Centre of the Arts where students compete to become one of 15 finalists.

The City of Charlottetown, along with Provincial, Federal and community representatives, has supported the Provincial Heritage Fair for many years. A large event, almost 200 students are participating from 30 schools across the Province. Students exhibit their projects in the morning and, in the afternoon, they are treated to educational workshops, entertainment and tours.

"We congratulate all those who participated in the Provincial Heritage Fair and urge the 15 finalists to participate in the national Young Citizens video contest that ties into their Provincial Heritage Fair work,” said Councillor Greg Rivard, Chair of the City’s Planning and Heritage Committee. “By creating a 3-4-minute video about their heritage fair project, these talented students will have an opportunity to win one of four all-expenses-paid trips to Ottawa, thanks to Canada’s History. I encourage everyone to go online, check out the students’ videos and vote for your favourite.”

For more information on the Young Citizens video contest, visit: www.youngcitizens.ca
To learn more about the Provincial Heritage Fair, visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-early-learning-and-culture/provincial-heritage-fair

For more information on the City of Charlottetown’s history, visit Charlottetown Stories, an online exhibit space where individuals are encouraged to share their stories with the public, at: www.charlottetownstories.wordpress.com