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How to Succeed: Tips and what you need to know about the Provincial Fair — June 30, 2015

How to Succeed: Tips and what you need to know about the Provincial Fair

COUNTDOWN: 2 Days until Provincial Fair!

This entry was originally posted on our blog on May 29th last year, just a few weeks ahead of the 2014 Provincial Fair in Kamloops. The author, Tristen, will be joining the Alumni Delegation at this year’s Fair in Victoria, so be sure to keep an eye out for her! Below are a list of her expert tips for Provincials:

1. Make friends with people in your region: Most activities at the Provincial Fair require you to have a partner. Don’t make friends with just one person and stay with them the whole time. Instead, make friends with all in your region, so you will always have a partner and get stuck with someone you don’t know. The reason you make friends with those in your region is because you all will go onto the same bus, and possibly be on the same floor. (In the building you will live in)

2. Be prepared to present your project: If you heard the judges say something you could improve on during your interview, make sure you fix or change it. Don’t fool around before you go to the camp, and review the facts, so you don’t mess up while presenting.

3. “Upgrade” your project: Make sure the visual appeal of your project is at it’s highest notch, as many people will visit the provincial fair. In my view, I would say double as many people come. If your project seems like it’s missing something, but your project is at it’s highest visual appeal, maybe it’s your dialogue, or the overall “feel” of your project.

4. Don’t hesitate to ask: Other chaperons are happy to help whenever you don’t know where your chaperon is. I don’t suggest asking your friend for times and questions like that, just because they might not know exactly the answer to your question, or get the answer wrong.

5. PINS!!!!: This may seem weird and all, but the biggest “social” thing that happens at the Provincial Fair is trading pins. You get all these cool and funky pins from trading your own region’s pins. If you think the pins you own are useless, think again. You might be the only one who has that one pin, but most importantly, make sure you go to the city hall and ask politely for pins, and they happily will probably give them to you for free.

6. Enjoy your time at the Provincial Fair: The week will go by so quickly, you’ll regret not relishing every moment. Even if the pictures on the flyer look boring, or creepy, don’t worry. I was once in your spot, thinking that it would somehow be “summer school”. It actually was more like field trips every day, and fun, fun, fun.

7. Make conversations happen: Make sure you talk to the audience in a sense of casually, but the “formal” type of casual. Maintain a steady flow of facts and info, throwing in bits while conversing. Believe me, having a little chat full of your facts is MUCH easier than trying to link all your facts together and not letting your audience give feedback or replies. It’s also much easier for the audience.

8. And last of all……:HAVE FUN, make sure your project is absolutely amazing, be proud you made it to the provincial fair, make tons of friends, trade pins, enjoy your time there ,and look for moi(me in french, if you didn’t know).



P.S. I can’t emphasize this enough, ENJOY YOUR TIME!!!

Countdown: 3…2…1… — June 29, 2015

Countdown: 3…2…1…

This year’s Provincial Fair is fast approaching! To celebrate, and count down the days, we will be digging out our best advice for Fair-goers from the Alumni Blog archive. The entry below was originally posted on June 27th 2014, just a few days before the 2014 Provincial Fair in Kamloops. The author, Ana, was part of the Alumni Delegation that year. Take note of her tips and tricks! She is a Heritage Fair veteran!

COUNTDOWN: 3 days to Provincials!

Dear Students participating,

The Provincial Fair is approaching very soon! With less than one week to go, finalizing both your projects and your speeches is essential. Simple, easy things can help unexpected emergency repairs –- as we call them— and help your project survive the traveling and presenting ordeal. Here are a couple of useful tips that can come in handy in tough times:

1. Write your name on EVERYTHING: who knows who might have the same kind of cue card or the same set of pens. This avoids awkward confusions and lost items.

2. Put together a ziplock bag and fill it with extra gadgets such as pens, pencils, erasers, glue, paper clips, cue cards and an extra copy of your oral presentation. Label it “project extras”.

3. Put together a second ziplock bag and fill it with extra little things that may help your costume (that is, if you have one) in desperate times of need. For example, fill it with safety pins and a mini sewing kit and label the bag “costume extras”.

4. ALWAYS have a bottle of water with you as we will be exploring from sunrise until sunset!

5. Don’t be nervous! Remember that judges are humans too 😉 If you have a little stumble, take a deep breath and continue on.

6. Bring your best smile and your exploring hearts!

Well, these 6 tips should get you ready and excited for the provincial fair! I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Author: Ana

Canada’s Frist Chinatown — June 26, 2015

Canada’s Frist Chinatown

This year’s Provincial Fair will be running next week in Victoria! Students will be visiting many of the area’s historic sites, though one of our most anticipated out-trips is to Victoria’s Chinatown, where students will also be treated to a banquet dinner. In preparation for this trip, Emily from the host-Region, has prepared a backgrounder on the site– one of her favourite places in the City!
If you visit the Victoria Chinatown today, it’s still bustling – little shops line the sidewalk, selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to pastries to traditional Chinese medicine. It’s hard to believe that such a busy, modern marketplace started out as a small group of tents: Chinatown has come a long way since its creation.
In the mid-1800’s, the BC gold rush attracted hundreds of Chinese immigrants from California, then from mainland China. The immigrants needed somewhere to stay, where there was less of a language barrier and where they could continue to work, so they set up their tents together in an area that would later become part of downtown Victoria. Chinese workers who came to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway joined the growing community, which quickly became a collection of rough wooden huts that were a little more permanent than tents.
The huts became small buildings, and then those small buildings became bigger buildings, until Chinatown was a dense maze of allies and buildings, and an established community. Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada, as well as the second oldest in North America.

 (Image: Wooden huts in early Chinatown. British Columbia Archives.)
Though the sketchier bits of Chinatown (the gambling dens) have slowly disappeared over the years, many of the classic structures still remain, as well as the unique Chinese-Canadian culture. The old Chinese school is still standing, though it has been revamped, and still teaches Chinese classes to this day. Fan Tan Alley is another well-known location in Canada’s oldest Chinese community: it is the narrowest street in Canada. At one point, the alley is only 90 cm wide!
Today’s Victoria Chinatown also boasts a market, several coffee shops and restaurants, apartments, and quite a few little shops that sell traditional Chinese clothing and items, as well as other odds and ends.

 (Image: The opening to modern Chinatown, called the “Gate of Harmonious Interest”. http://vancouverisland.com/ )

The Victoria Chinatown is a unique, important piece of Canadian heritage, and a building block of Victoria’s diverse multicultural society. If you find yourself in Victoria, drop by Chinatown to visit!

Author: Emily T.
The History of Father’s Day — June 19, 2015

The History of Father’s Day

This coming Sunday, millions of people in Canada and in over 60 other nations around the world will be celebrating our fathers. The annual event held on the third Sunday of June usually revolves around the extra attention and appreciation of our fathers, as well as gift giving of items such as golf clubs, handmade cards and barbeque sets. However rarely does anyone ask where the tradition originated.
Thought to have started in the 20th century in the United States, to compliment Mother’s Day, the devoted day for dads has had several failed attempts before it became properly recognized. In 1907 Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father after a disaster in her town killed 361 men including her dad. This lead to thousands of fatherless children, Clayton suggested that her pastor honour all those lost fathers. However in 1910 Sonora Smart Dodd accredited with founding Father’s Day held a celebration for her father, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single parent. Dodd spent much of her life promoting the event in honour of her father all over the United States. But it wasn’t until 1972 when President Richard Nixon made it a permanent holiday.
So this Sunday don’t forget to give your pops an extra smile or a gift and remember to thank him for all the little things!

Author: Teagan

To a Greater Goal — June 12, 2015

To a Greater Goal

I’m writing this as I watch the opening game of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup!  The opponents are Team Canada versus Team China in a head to head match in Edmonton, Alberta.  The opening ceremonies took place at Edmonton’s very own Commonwealth Stadium two hours before the opening match kick-off.  The ceremony began as a story, told through the eyes of a little girl, a soccer player.  I will explain more about her role later.

Gita - pic - goals

Before today’s match, I went back and learned that the first FIFA Women’s World Cup was held back in 1991, in China, and since then has taken place in a different country every four years.  This year, the tournament has been brought to Canada, and a total of nine games will also be held right here in Vancouver, including the final match on July 5th.

But, other than being one of the most exciting and widely viewed football tournaments out there, the FIFA Women’s World Cup itself symbolizes so much more than that.  “To a greater goal” is the official slogan for this year’s competition, and perfectly sums up what the key values of the tournament really are:  the empowerment and unification of women, a celebration of the sport, and the concept of striving towards a “greater goal” for sport and for humanity, beginning with girls and women.  It symbolizes how far our rights as women have come in the past two decades, and how this has led us to strive to live every moment to the fullest and without regret.  The competition brings together each continent, and unifies us in a way that cannot be done without a purpose as great as the one in front of us today, sport and competition.  Multiculturalism is highlighted as the teams competing within the tournament fight for their country, while bonded by their commonality as females.

The little girl from the opening ceremonies carried with her a great significance, as she told us the story of the lasting legacy and global impact of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  We joined her and the athletes in celebrating the ideas of ambition, inspiration, honour, victory and pride that come with being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Thanks to the evolution and growth of our world, the female athletes participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup today have been given the opportunity to represent their countries.  We, at home or in the stands, watch and cheer as the athletes battle their way to victory in whichever way it comes.  To us, these women are female role models, who have always demonstrated to us the overall positive impact of sport both on and off the field.

Author: Gita

Straighten Up World! — June 9, 2015

Straighten Up World!

I sometimes question the meaning of life, like many others in the world. What is the meaning of life? It sounds cliché and deep all at the same time. But what is the meaning? What purpose do we have on this earth? Is it to be happy? I don’t know. Are we supposed to just sit here and question ourselves with cliché questions like the meaning of life? Before we do all that, we should straighten our world up a little bit, before we actually sit around and act like there’s nothing to do. When you go onto social media sites like Twitter, half of the posts are about being bored and having nothing to do. C’mon internet. I’m quite sure we can do better than that. In the back of your closet, you probably have some old clothes that you don’t wear anymore. We live in the richest 1% of the world, and there’s so much you could give. I don’t want to try and guilt trip you into giving all your belongings to a random homeless person on the street, but invite him in for a meal. Give some homeless children toys on Christmas. Giving is a much better feeling than getting, because when you give, their happiness gives you a warm feeling that spreads through your body and just makes you feel tingly and nice. Donate to International China Concern, or donate to your local canned food drive. If that’s too hard, then give while getting. You can buy Toms, which are very comfortable shoes that give a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes bought. So the next time you post something about being bored and having nothing to do, don’t waste your time with questions. Go out and straighten the world out.

Author: Tristen