What does it mean to be a Canadian? Is it a national love of hockey? A yearning for Quebec's traditional poutine? How about a family story of ancestral endeavours in Northern BC? If you picked any of the above, you're right along side the 126 elementary school students who participated at the 11th annual Canadian Heritage Regional Fair held at Killarney Secondary School.
Many bright, young minds who are passionate about Canadian history competed this year for a chance to represent Vancouver at the BC Fair in Kamloops. Students from all over the district showcased issues like Terry Fox, Rick Hansen, various First Nations groups and the Underground Railroad to name a few.
The Canadian Heritage Fair started in 2004 and has continued to grow. Janet Morley, the fair's organizer for the past ten years says she's amazed at the students' ability to thoroughly research and be able to present in front of the judges.
While this was the 11th year the annual fair has taken place, it is the first time ever to be held at Killarney. Former Heritage Fair participant and Killarney student Teagan Cain advocated for the fair to be held in Killarney's gym, arguing her school had a big space, lots of tables, and a chance for the young ones to explore their future high school.
Organizers say a special thanks needs to go to Killarney Vice-principals Mike Vulagris and Rob Ferguson for allowing Killarney to be part of an ever-growing tradition.
Story written and photograph provided by Killarney student Brendan Wong