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Legion Selects Winners of Poster and Literary Contests

Aug 18, 2016
Legion Selects Winners of Poster and Literary Contests

OTTAWA, ON, May 5, 2016 – The winners of the Legion’s Poster and Literary Contests for 2016 were announced today at Dominion Command.

“The idea of perpetuating Remembrance to Canada’s younger generations through Poster and Literary contests began in 1960 and has continued since then,” says Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Tom Eagles. “It is another tangible example of the Legion’s activities in the community,” adds Eagles.

More than 100,000 youths from all areas of the country, in both official languages, participate in these contests.

The national winners this year are: Contest Winners 2016

The national winners for 2016 are:


Senior Colour Poster: Olivia Zeng, Coquitlam, BC
Senior B&W Poster: Casey O’Neill, Belleisle Creek, NB
Intermediate Colour Poster: Juliana Jiang, Richmond Hill, ON
Intermediate B&W Poster: Lauren Cheslock, Stittsville, ON
Junior Colour Poster: Johnny Rivas-Gonzalez, Hamilton, ON
Junior B&W Poster: Alastair Capstick, Bloomfield, NB
Primary Colour Poster: Kayla Jackson, Dartmouth, NS
Primary B&W Poster: Kadie Lynn Hofer, Camrose, AB


Senior Poetry: Ethan Edstrom, Edmonton, AB
Senior Essay: Shane Pendergast, Mount Stewart, PE
Intermediate Poetry: Quirina Thompson, Medicine Hat, AB
Intermediate Essay: Kate Shackleton, Scarborough, ON
Junior Poetry: Evan Dicks, Deer Lake, NL
Junior Essay: Wesley Finner, Kemptville, ON

About the Poster and Literary Contests

The contests are divided into four categories:

  • Primary (Poster Contest only) – grades 1,2 and 3;
  • Junior – grades 4, 5 and 6;
  • Intermediate – grades 7, 8 and 9; and
  • Senior – grades 10, 11, 12.

The contests are organized by Legion branches with schools in their area and the winning entries progress through various levels at the Legion with the final entries being forwarded to Legion national headquarters in Ottawa where they are judged and the national winners declared.

The Poster Contests participants are asked to submit their work in either black & white or colour format with the theme of Remembrance and what it represents to them. Similar to the Literary Contests, submissions are marked based on originality, expression and presentation.

Regarding the Literary Contests, participants are asked to submit an essay/composition or a poem with a Remembrance theme. Submissions are accepted in either French or English and are marked on the basis of originality of thought, expression, presentation, grammar and spelling.

Prizes will be awarded to the national winners in each category and to the winners’ schools. Each of the first place winners in the senior category will also be brought to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Ceremony held in Ottawa on November 11th, 2016 where they will place a wreath on behalf of the Youth of Canada. They will also have an opportunity to visit and meet with the Governor General and others in the Vice-Regal Party during this visit.

The Senior winning entries in both the Poster and Literary Contests will also be displayed at the Canadian War Museum between July 1st, 2016 and May 1st, 2017. The second place winners and any participant receiving an Honourable Mention will be displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the annual Remembrance Day period in November 2016.

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Anyone wishing to speak with this year’s winners or for further information regarding this contest is asked to contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at 1-613-591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at 1-613-292-8760 or