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Seeking New Alumni Coordinator! — August 18, 2017

Seeking New Alumni Coordinator!

Hello out there, past Alumni, heritage fair fans, and heritage-education enthusiasts!

The BCHFS is seeking an Alumni Coordinator who will be an inspiring leader, an effective administrator, and a proponent of the leadership potential in young people. The Alumni Coordinator is a volunteer position responsible year round for our alumni students’ engagement with the Society. It’s approximately 5-10hours a month, looks great on a resume, and is HIGHLY rewarding! Interested?!

See the posting below and contact Ms. Beaudry at kbeaudry@bcheritagefairs.ca. The position begins in October 2017 and requires a one year commitment.

BCHFS – Alumni Coordinator Position Description

 

 

Friendship at the Fair — July 11, 2017

Friendship at the Fair

Friendship is support, friendship is bond that can’t be forced, and it can be made in just seconds and can last a life time. Today is our last day of the 2017 BC provincial heritage fair and on the ride over to the ferry I had a moment that made me simply smile. All the students on the bus were singing and it made me think about how in just matter of a couple short days delegates from all over the province where make new memories and creating bonds that could last a life time.

Friendship could mean different things to different people. It’s all about perspective, some people look for people to motivate them and others look for people to share stories with.  Veronica says “friendship to me is about being necessary to someone’s life and having someone to share ideas with.”  Lucas says “friendship is about inspiring each other.” I think that by having positive people around you, you will become more inspired and you can grow as an individual.

At heritage fair students are put in to a different environment and are mixed with people from all across the Province, they meet new people and are exposed to an array of different cultures and interests. I believe that when students are put in situation like these they develop better social skills. And when students meet new people with different experiences they learn how to respect others’ opinions and this allows students for become more open minded. When they develop these skills, it means that less problems will be created and more compromised will be made. This quality that heritage fair has, about bring delegates together, is so unique and is one of the key factors the sets us apart.

Everybody needs some sort of support system, and having a friend circle that you can share your thoughts with and that can respect your personality will be great individuals to be around. I had this thought as I was sitting in the bus with all of our delegates and I could hear so many different conversations. Some more serious and talked and past life experiences, and others we fun things that people wanted to try. This might not mean much to some people, but is goes to show how close these students became in less the 48 hours. Now we come together not just citizens form our regions, but as citizens of British Columbia and friends.

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Author: Anisha

The 5th and Final Day of the BC Provincial Heritage Fair —

The 5th and Final Day of the BC Provincial Heritage Fair

Today was the last day of this year’s Provincial Heritage Fair; the day to say goodbye and travel home for most participants. After a wrap-up breakfast and chance to choose all their favourite foods, the delegates going home by plane departed at around 8:30 am, while the rest who were either going to catch the ferry, or get picked up by their parents, stayed and played a little longer. Final activities included cleaning up, reliving memories and a lively game of camouflage.

This year’s fair was, for the most part, a fun filled, hot, and sunny week, so it was quite poetic that the clouds started to roll in shortly after things wrapped up; as if they were curtains closing on the ‘final act’ of the 2017 BC Provincial Heritage Fair.

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A heartful thank you was felt by all participants to the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and dignitaries who made this such an amazing event.

Author: Benjamin

Interacting with People Around Me — July 9, 2017

Interacting with People Around Me

Today was presentation day for all of this year’s delegates. So for this post, we are going to talk about what is important to remember when you are around people that you respect and may be a little afraid of.

When you are at a young age, you treat every person pretty much the same. You are mad at people when your mad, and happy with people when your happy.

As people get older, they tend to make pictures of other people in their mind, especially people in authority. This picture greatly changes how we act towards, or treat those people. Now sometimes this can be a good thing, but some people can get a bit carried away with the picture they paint of other people, and this can really effect how those people are treated. Also, another affect of painted grand pictures of people is being very awkward in front of them. This can be embarrassing and may leave you with a bad memory around that person.

So to some things up, it is important to act properly in whatever situation you are in and to never make false assumptions around people, but also remember that no one is perfect, and making mistake is alright. When you are talking to someone important or someone you respect, you must remember that most of the time they are on your side and want to see you do your best.

That’s all for now!

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Delegate Lucas Hung speaking with Her Honnour Ms. Guichon

Author: Ben

 

Day 3: BC Legislature, Royal BC Museum, Government House, Ross Bay Cemetery — July 8, 2017

Day 3: BC Legislature, Royal BC Museum, Government House, Ross Bay Cemetery

We started the day with a quick stop at Mt. Tolmie, one of the highest points in Victoria, which featured a view of the city. From there, we went to the Legislative Assembly, a grand and imposing building.

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Our tour guide, Giorgia, started off by acknowledging we were on traditional First Nations territory. She went on to tell us about the history of the Legislative. Next, we saw the chamber. Outside, there were plaques with the names of MLAs on it. Our tour guide recruited our help to find when Mary Ellen Smith, the first female MLA, had a seat using these plaques. As the delegates searched, someone behind us spoke, giving clues to where the name was. We turned, and behold, there was Mary Ellen! She transported us back in time, showing us how the movement for female rights happened.

After, we went to the museum which was amazing, and huge. The museum featured three exhibits, about Terry Fox, family bonds, and natural history.

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For lunch, we visited the Government House, home of the Lieutenant Governor. Most of the delegates enjoyed an exciting game of Mafia, and a few of us went to the gardens, which were absolutely beautiful.

After, we walked to the cemetery which had three activities: storytelling, restoration, and recording.

During the storytelling activity, we were able to walk around the cemetery and hear stories about some of the people there. We visited the grave of Emily Carr, one of the most visited graves. Other notable graves include James Douglas, Barker, and Peter Leech. An item of interest to me personally was part of the inscription on Barker’s headstone, the rock of which apparently came from the place he found gold, that said “He died poor in wealth but forever rich in friends.”

Another activity was restoration, as mentioned before. Armed with rakes and brushes, we tried to “make a difference in the cemetery.” After about fifteen minutes of scrubbing, the headstones were rinsed with a hose, and wow, even a quarter of an hour made a huge difference.

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Finally, we worked in pairs to record information about a gravestone. This was so that if one was damaged, it could be re-created with the information written. We took notes on the font, inscriptions, measurements, and even drew the stones from different angles.

We then walked down to the beach, where we had delicious hot dogs. We played on the beach, some swimming, others walking around on the logs.

Finally, to end off the day, we went swimming, which was refreshing and a lot of fun.

To conclude, today was not as jam-packed as yesterday, and the pool and beach provided a nice place to relax, but I trust the delegates had just as much fun and were able to experience Victoria in new ways.

Author: Veronica

Ross Bay Cemetery —

Ross Bay Cemetery

Perhaps the attraction I was most excited for on the third day of the Provincial Fair, the Ross Bay Cemetery, was just a short walk away from Government House in Victoria. Many students were apprehensive to participate in the tour around the graves, and I suddenly remembered when I visited the cemetery during my Provincial Fair back in 2013. Back then, I was pretty scared of all the dead bodies lying just a short drop below me, and it didn’t help that I had heard of the numerous ghost stories of the deceased. In speaking to some delegates (grade 5) before we started to learn about the cemetery, they agreed with me! However, I knew that something would change their opinion, just like it had for me: cleaning the gravestones.

As the various scrapers, brooms, and hoses were handed out, students set to work on clearing off lichen and moss from various gravestones. And, just like I had found four summers ago, it was actually pretty fun. Smiles slowly crept across their sweat-beaded faces, and seldom did someone take a rest break. The only thing that mattered was getting off as much dirt as possible, and as quickly as we could, and the sound of “scrape, scrape, scrape” filled the cemetery. Slowly but surely, graves were cleaned off. We could make out the letters previously covered by years of mistreatment; tiles that had become grey were suddenly marble-white.

How did the cleaning and restoring of the graves feel, exactly? Well, it’s best to hear it in the words of some delegates:

Ben (Victoria): “It was very rewarding to see the gravestones go from a darkish-grey to a very bright white (with a little bit of scrubbing!).”

Faaij (Richmond): “It was hard work, and there weren’t instant results. But it was actually fun, and satisfying.”

Cooper (Rivers to Sea): “It was definitely more fun than I thought, and I was able to contribute to the community!”

As for me, I felt an innate connection with the cemetery, and it really felt good to be able to contribute to the community.

I’d like to finish off with a little call to action: get a group of friends, along with some scrapers and brooms, and head to your local cemetery to help clean some graves (after making sure you’re allowed, of course!). Trust me – it’ll feel good. After all,  that’s what I told the delegates before they started cleaning!

Author: Lucas

Celebrating Canada 150: Alumni Style — July 7, 2017

Celebrating Canada 150: Alumni Style

Today we had an incredibly busy and fun day, which ended off on a great note. Our amazing alumni created a special activity for all of the kids. This year, we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday, so the alumni wanted to recognize this in a special way.

The activity started out with the kids being sent back in time, all the way back to Confederation in 1867. In order to return to 2017, the kids had to go through some of Canada’s most important moments to make Canada what it is today. Obviously, there are a lot of incredibly important moments (both good and bad), but we only had six alumni, so we chose a few of these events.

At each of the six stations, the groups were presented with different challenges depending on the event. If they managed to complete the event, they would earn a puzzle piece, and the goal was to get all six puzzle pieces. Each group had a different puzzle that represented a special moment in history that we had not covered in the stations.

Confederation was covered by our alumni Lucas. He wore an artisan top hat, made by himself. He educated the kids about Confederation, then gave them a map of Canada from what it looked like in 1867. They then had to label the map. “It was fun,” -Lucas.

Next, was CPR by our alumni Veronica. She asked them to guess eight of the most important CPR stations, and the kids had lots of fun! It’s different than you would think!

Our alumni Anisha covered Komagata Maru and she gave them an example of a letter a  passenger might send home to their family. The kids had to fill in the blanks on the worksheet, and we had a few kids who were experts on the subject and filled in the sheet incredibly fast.

Julia was dressed up very fancy as a young lady from the 1910’s. She was talking to kids about women’s right to vote and gave them a few trivia questions before starting the activity. When asked to name a member of the Famous Five, the most common answer was (unsurprisingly) Nellie McClung, followed by Emily Murphy (Julia also had a few people guess Emily Carr, which was close…). She gave the students pictures of the Famous Five and pieces of paper with their names and asked them to match the names to the faces.

Ben covered the battle of Vimy Ridge and had a book which described all of the events that took place. He had a message in Morse Code and gave the kids a key so they could figure out what the message meant.

As we had six groups and only five official alumni, our lovely leader Britney stepped in to lead an activity of her own. As “The Spirit of Canada” from the future (Britney was from Canada’s 300th birthday), she encouraged a discussion amongst the kids about Canada, its history, and why it was important to learn all of these things.

Each group ended up earning all their puzzle pieces, and had enough time to put their puzzles together. They then had to send up one student to explain to everyone what their puzzle represented, and everyone got it right. Some examples were Residential schools, the Underground Railroad, our first gold medal in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics (Alexandre Bilodeau in moguls), D-Day, Chris Hadfield, and the Quebec referendum.

Everyone had lots of fun and all the kids headed off to bed exhausted. What a great day, and very excited for all the special activities tomorrow!

Author: Julia

DAY 2: Park, Fort and Chinatown —

DAY 2: Park, Fort and Chinatown

Eager smiles and infectious energy greeted me as I stepped out of my room early this morning to begin the second day of the 2017 Provincial Heritage Fair journey. The bubbly delegates, some of which had been awake since 6 (6!) AM, rushed out towards the cafeteria to eat their breakfast. After chowing down some hashbrowns, sausages, bacon and other tasty goods, we boarded the bus and drove to our first stop of the day: Goldstream Provincial Park.

With the sun shining down our backs, we split up into groups and toured around the park. Various topics of discussions with our tour guides included types of salmon, the importance of fish on the park’s wildlife, and various trees and plantation. A special fact that I especially liked was that salmonberries received their names from bearing fruit at the same time as salmon came home in the autumn. We toured around the Goldstream Nature House, as some students shopped for souvenirs and others read the exhibits around the house.

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After a short break, we resumed our torrid race around Victoria, and stopped at Fort Rodd, a National Historic Site. We toured around the Upper Battery, where various guns greeted us. One 6,000 pound machine was especially loved by the delegates, and they watched in delight as our guide showed us how to load the gun. We also toured the Lower Battery, where we got to examine artifacts such as gas masks and bullet casings. Finally, we walked around the Garry Oak ecosystem, where various endangered native plants were protected amongst each other.

A small portion of the group then took a short walk down to the Fisgard Lighthouse, which was also a National Historic Site. Students posed for photos in front of the towering lighthouse, and visited various educational information sites inside. The wind whipped up around us as we headed back on the narrow gravel path to the parking lot, where we were picked up by the school bus.

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Our final main attraction of our hectic day was at Victoria’s Chinatown, where we met our wonderful tour guides led by John Adams. The tour was both informative yet engaging, and we all stood in amazement as he answered all of our questions with astonishing depth. He taught us about important figures of Chinatown, such as Lee Mong Kao, and Sun Yat-Sen. John took us to small alleyways, and murals, as well as the Victoria Harbour and where old buildings such as the Hudson’s Bay Company Warehouse used to exist. We all left the tour having learned so much more about Chinatown, and the history of the area as well. Personally speaking, I had taken a tour of Chinatown before, but didn’t know that so many important events had occurred there, until John’s tour.

Oh – and he also taught us how to play Fan Tan (a Traditional Chinese gambling game)!

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Famished from such a long day with lots of walking, we were ready to feast at the Golden City Restaurant. Many delegates taught each other how to use chopsticks, and played several icebreaker games with each other. As each dish arrived, students were excited to try new foods, and often found themselves enjoying the new cuisine! After the meal, we said a big thank-you to Mary Campone, who coordinated the fair.

We returned to our residences, ready for our final activity of the night: the alumni activity (Julia is blogging about it, and you can find it on our website)! Groups of students rotated throughout several stations, learning about important events in Canada’s history. At the end of the activity, the groups arranged a large mosaic, with pictures of other events. The final product could be a metaphor of our fair: different people coming from different places, uniting together as one to represent who we are.

All in all, it was an incredibly busy, yet rewarding day. As students continue to bond with one another and learn about Victoria, BC, and Canada’s history in the next 72 hours, they can only grow as learners, historians, and, most importantly, friends.

 

Author: Lucas

Day 1: Arrival at UVIC — July 6, 2017

Day 1: Arrival at UVIC

After various flights or ferry trips, the students all met in front of the Arthur Currie building at the University of Victoria. The kids coming from the airport had plenty of time to settle in; they received their new backpacks and shirts and had enough time to explore their rooms and unpack all their things. The other kids arrived just in time to drop off their projects and their luggage in front of the building, and we were off!!!

Our first stop was at the First People’s House, where we received a tour from Mr. Hartman who worked at the House. The House was a stunning sight. We learned about the history behind the House, the totem poles, as well as some of the art inside the building. We also got to sit in the Conference Room, where they had more art, as well as a podium. There was also a heater to heat up the drums, and the Conference Room had been used for weddings as well as conferences. It is also a place for the Aboriginal students to relax (they have a few classrooms, as well as a computer lab for the students as well). They host movie nights and other fun activities for those students. As well, there is a totem pole outside that is there for the students to carve. When the Elders are there, the students can come in to work on the totem pole, though it’s been in progress for a while. We then got to see the duck pond, which filled with rain water that drizzled off the roof. They even have a statue of a whale’s tail going into the pond.

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After the First People’s House, we went into the university to one of the classrooms where Dr. John Lutz talked to us about the history department at UVic. He told us about all of the different courses that were offered as well as different careers you could go into with a History Major. It encouraged students to consider history on a more serious note, as many of the most successful people have History Majors. He also showed us a project that he was working on; Unsolved Canadian Mysteries. There’s a whole website on it for everyone to come to their own conclusions. The kids were very enthusiastic and had lots of questions to ask. We might see some future UVic kids…

We then got to have a nice pizza dinner and met lots of new friends! After, the kids got to go on a tour of the UVic campus (led by UVic students), while the alumni planned out their activities.

When everyone returned from their tour, the chaperones got to relax while Britney and the alumni took all the students to play lots of fun games!

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After a few rounds of Octopus, Handshake Murderer, tag, puzzle games, and many others, everyone was fairly worn out.

Everyone met with their chaperones to go over the plan for tomorrow and then it was off to bed. Tomorrow will be a busy day, so hopefully everyone will get lots of rest! Looking forward to all the fun activities to come…

 

Author: Julia

Making our First Heritage Fair Memories —

Making our First Heritage Fair Memories

It’s our first day at Heritage Fairs 2017 in Victoria! For today’s blog post, I’ve asked all the Alumni about their first Provincial Fair memory. Here they are!

Veronica (Kamloops 2014): I remember sitting at the station waiting for the bus, which was late, and awkwardly trying to make small talk with a girl beside me. I’m still in contact with her through Heritage Fair, so I guess I did something right.

Julia (Kamloops 2014): Everyone was outside, and was pin trading. Pin trading is a super popular activity at the Fair, and a great way to get a chance to talk to people from other regions. Julia remembers it was “super intense”, but she didn’t have any because Kamloops, her region, didn’t give out pins. She also remembers how wonderful and intelligent and amazing her roommate is. (Me! I didn’t just write that to brag…ok maybe…but it’s true!)

Ben (Vancouver 2016): His first memory is being lonely at the beginning of the Fair and being invited by the Alumni to hang out with them.

Anisha (Victoria 2014): She remembers her Alumni leader, Manvi, who inspired her to continue in Heritage Fair with the Regional Planning Committee and Alumni Council.

Lucas (Victoria 2013): Meeting his roommate from Prince George and discovering they had a lot in common. They stayed in touch for a year after.

Britney (Kelowna 2003 – she thinks): She remembers sitting in the hallway with all the other BC delegates. They all lined up and sat with their backs on the wall, and high-fiving because their group finished packing first.

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Hope lots of delegates are making their own first heritage fair memories to share in the years to come.

Author: Veronica