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Your outstanding, exceptional, or above-and-beyond project! — April 29, 2014

Your outstanding, exceptional, or above-and-beyond project!

Though only a handful of students are chosen from each Regional Fair to attend the Provincial Fair, there are many ways a student project can be recognized for exceptional work, enthusiasm or creativity!

Many Regional Heritage Fairs sponsor regional awards for their outstanding projects. However, there are also a number of Provincial and even National award-winners to be chosen as well. Many of these awards centre on a theme or topic.

The list below provides you with a glimpse of some of the National and Provincial awards to be had this Fair season. Best of luck to 2014’s Heritage Fair Participants!

The Historic Places Award:

In recognition of outstanding achievement in highlighting the connection between built  heritage and the identity or character of a British Columbia community.

Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Literacy Award:

In recognition of exemplary writing skills in a short story that engages the historical  imagination.

The BC Hydro Power Pioneers History Award:

In recognition of outstanding achievement in highlighting a theme centered on a story involving BC Hydro or its predecessors, the history of electricity, or a BC pioneer.

The British Columbia Magazine Award:

In recognition of outstanding achievement in highlighting a British Columbian historical figure — or a significant event in British Columbia’s history.

Loyalist Award (Vancouver Branch):

In recognition of outstanding achievement in highlighting the history of the settlement and growth of Canada prior to Confederation (1867) in particular, the United Empire Loyalists or their descendants and their contribution to the development of Canada.

BC Heritage Fairs Society Stellar Achievement Award:

In recognition of a Regional Heritage Fair project and presentation whose qualities make the author an exemplary ambassador of British Columbia’s heritage.

Canada’s History Award:

For the Heritage Fairs Project that best integrates the use of written research and visual materials as inseparable elements to successfully present their topic.

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The Delicate Process in Which an Alumni Writes an Article at the Provincial Fair — April 26, 2014

The Delicate Process in Which an Alumni Writes an Article at the Provincial Fair

12:00 am.

Not a moment of absolute silence, keys tapping, laughs stifled, yawns forgotten, caught in throats.

We raced, armed with laptops and pencils in hand, the unspoken chroniclers of youth antics and daring ideas

To form some viable record, some ink-scored lines, of the memories none the less carved in our hearts and our minds.

We, the Alumni, the ‘bloggers’, the ‘mature ones’

Reminisced and remembered each moment, each word.

We said: halting hellos, and heart-wrenching goodbyes

And filled the in-between to overflowing with culture, passion and life.

From dust-glazed Fort Rodd to Chinatown’s gilded dragons

We traced a winsome web of wonder, of worlds mixed as one

Each facet of the worlds as unique of each face of our friends

With stories traced and tangled with tears, with talents, with threads.

12:00 am.

And we work, and we yawn, we resist

We resist the inevitable last tap of the keys, we resist the goodnights

For a moment asleep is one closer to the end

To days without giggles provoked with a glance

Without Aboriginal dances danced with grace of awkward limbs

Without the epiphanies shared and scribbled on back of hands

Inspired by the silence of reverence for a stone-bound Klee Wyck

We, the Alumni, we remember, we write.

12:00 am.

Goodbyes and goodnights, with us, are never the end.

Though now scattered along ridges and lakes of BC

We can remember the lack of an absolute silence, keys tapping, laughs stifled, yawns forgotten, caught in throats.

We remember the race, armed with laptops and pencils in hand, the unspoken chroniclers of youth antics and daring ideas

To form some viable record, some ink-scored lines, of the memories none the less carved in our hearts and our minds.

12:00 am.

Author: Annaliese

This Meeting’s Challenge! — April 25, 2014

This Meeting’s Challenge!

Alumni, prepare yourselves for this month’s challenge: GET INVOLVED!

From helping with activities, workshops or set-up to T-shirt design, adjudicating, and even co-coordination(!) Alumni around the province are getting involved with their Regional Fairs and demonstrating excellent leadership in the Heritage Fairs community.

I look forward to working with the Richmond-Delta Alumni at my local Fair– what can you do for yours?! Fair Coordinators always appreciate an extra set of hands!

Many of the province’s Fairs are also open to visitors, so check out what’s happening in your Region! Even so much as visiting and chatting with a few student-participants will complete this month’s assignment.

Here is a list of upcoming Fairs in BC:

Fraser Valley                    Thursday April24th      MSA Museum

Okanagan                          Thursday April24th      Laruel Packing House

Northern                            Friday April25th      Hudson’s Hope School

Richmond Delta                 Friday May2nd     Minoru Cultural Centre

South Vancouver Island   Friday May 2nd      Royal BC Museum

North Vancouver Island   Friday May2nd     Echo Center & Alberni Valley Museum

Vancouver                         Thursday May8th      Killarney Secondary School

Kamlooops-Thompson     Thursday May8th     Henry Grube Education Center

Sea to Sky                           Friday May9th       North Vancouver Museum & Archives

Rivers to Sea                     Friday May9th      Burnaby Village Museum

Prince George                   Friday May9th      Prince George Civic Center

NorthWestern                    Friday May23rd      North Pacific Coast Cannery

You can always get more information online at bcheritagefairs.ca or by contacting your Regional Coordinator.

The Importance of Museums for Information — April 11, 2014

The Importance of Museums for Information

Museums are a useful way of gathering accurate information and learning about your topic. At museums, there are many different ways to gather information. If you learn best by reading, there are books and writing on displays. Some people learn best by listening, and at museums, there are experts who can provide you with useful information for you project. If visual learning is the best way for you, most museums have visual displays that include dioramas, displays and artifacts which not only provide you with information, they can provide you with ideas for a visual aspect for you project.

Accurate information can be gathered at museums from different displays, people or books. Interesting facts can also be discovered that you may never find online. Also, museums can provide you with what teachers call ‘Primary Sources.’ Primary sources include artifacts such as newspaper articles and documents from the time, letters, and interviews with witnesses of history. Primary sources are more reliable than recent sources because primary sources are from the time period whereas other sources could be written years after the event, and could be inaccurate. These primary sources provide you with information from people from that time, which adds another level of depth to your project.

Throughout my years of Heritage Fair, I have found museums to be very useful for gather information and engaging me in my topic. For Heritage Fair this year, I made a project about the ‘Flying Seven,’ who were a group of female pilots based in Vancouver just before the Second World War. To find information, I went on the Vancouver Museum website but mainly I went to the local Air Force museum. Over the course of one week, I spent around 8 hours at this one museum alone. While I was there, the museum library provided me with many different books on aspects of my topic and helped me to research my topic. While I was talking with someone at the museum, the other workers would provide me with information throughout the conversation when they knew something about what we were talking about. I found this process very helpful and I was able to find a lot of information. At this museum, there was a book that provided me with a lot of information on aspects of my topic that I could find nowhere on the internet. I think this shows that museums are useful as well as books.

I know that museums are not always an option. If the reason that you can’t use a museums is that there isn’t one around you about your topic, I suggest that you look one up and call or email them. The museum would probably be very glad to help you with a project. There are some topics which museums wouldn’t be useful, but I find that for the majority of projects, there is a museum somewhere
that can provide you with information. This is why I believe that museums are a useful way of providing information for and making a project really engaging.

Best of luck and wishes to all of you creating projects.

Author: Margaret

How to Get Ready and De-Stress — April 10, 2014

How to Get Ready and De-Stress

Everybody who has been in a previous Heritage Fair knows how stressful and anxious one can get the day before a presentation. No matter how long you spent preparing or how many times you read your presentation over, something continues to nag at the back of your head. I’ve included five important points on banishing stress and preparing properly.

1. Get a good amount of sleep the night before.

It’s never a good idea to spend the whole night preparing and reading and checking your board. That will only make you tired the next day and focussing will be difficult. Instead, follow your regular sleep pattern, as though the next day is just another normal school day. Any preparations and check-overs should be done during the daytime.

2. Double check that you have everything.

Always check that you have your whole project, especially if you have any small pieces or models. It helps to calm down, stop rushing to find things, and run through your whole presentation to make sure everything you will need is there. Also, having things that will comfort you when you are stressed at the Fair, such as a stress ball or favourite tiny stuffie, is useful.

3. Don’t panic if anything small goes wrong.

Maybe the presentation didn’t go the way you meant for it to go, or you can’t remember what order your little pieces of models were supposed to fit. Don’t fret, just sit down and think straight on what would be the reasonable and practical thing to do. If something just isn’t going the right way in a presentation, remember that the people you are presenting to don’t know that. Just gently guide the presentation back to usual.

4. Think about what kind of questions others might ask you.

Having someone ask you a question you have absolutely no idea about isn’t fun. To avoid this, know more things on your board that you may have only briefly mentioned. People often will want to know more about topics that are not explained very much. If you’re really stuck on a question that you don’t know anything about though, don’t panic, just simply say you’re not entirely sure.

5. Lastly, meet new people and ask questions!

Many people are afraid or get anxious on meeting new people and asking questions. One of the greatest things about Heritage Fair are the other students to talk to and get to know their projects. Starting a conversation can be as easy as saying “I really like your board.”, or “That is an interesting topic!”. Getting to know people will help you feel more comfortable and boost your confidence.

Author: Jolie