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Our Branch assisted with two heritage fairs hosted by the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives for participants in Grades 3 through 8.

On 13 April 2012, Thompson-Okanagan Branch members: Sally Harrison UE, Pat Kelderman UE, Darlene Jones UE, William Adams UE and Gall Loughridge UE facilitated heritage-related activities for the 177 students participating at the fifth annual Vernon & District Heritage Fair held at the Priest Valley Arena in Vernon, British Columbia. These activities allowed the students to write using quill and ink, construct paper tricorn hats, and learn about the symbolic elements of the Loyalist Union and Maple Leaf flags. Each student was given miniature Canadian and Queen's Diamond Jubilee flags, courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Sally Harrison UE, Darlene Jones UE, and William Adams UE then went on to judge the students' exhibits that had a pre-confederation Canadian history theme at the sixth annual Okanagan Regional Heritage Fair held on 11 May at Vernon's at Schubert Centre. A total of forty-six students were in attendance representing ten schools and two home school groups from Vernon, Kelowna, and Grand Forks. From nine projects with this particular theme, the UELAC judges chose a UELAC winner and one honourable mention. Shayne Hopkins, a Grade 6 student from BX Elementary School in Vernon, B.C., won for Canada and the Underground Railway. Matthew Hansen, a Grade 5 student also from BX Elementary School, received an honourable mention for Niagara Falls.

Moreover, five overall winners from the Okanagan Regional Heritage Fair were also chosen to represent the Okanagan Valley at the Provincial Fair in Abbotsford, B.C. on 29 June to 03 July 2012, receiving an all-expense-paid trip. In addition, a new programme, the Young Citizens project, was offered this year to all Regional Fairs held across Canada, courtesy of generous funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage. Top winners of the Young Citizens project will then receive an all-expense-paid trip to Rideau Hall to present their heritage projects during Canada History Week in December.

The Thompson-Okanagan Branch of the UELAC would like to thank the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives and its Education Co-ordinator, Pat Simmons, for hosting these wonderful heritage fairs, instilling a lifelong passion for their country's history in this generation of young Canadians.

By William Adams UE, 12 August 2012
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Title Annotation:Branch News HIGHLIGHTS; United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada's branch in British Columbia, Canada
Author:Adams, William
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:1CBRI
Date:Sep 22, 2012
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