Meet your Alumni Council
Lucas – Rivers to Sea
Lucas participated in the BC Provincial Fair in 2013, in Victoria. This is his fourth year on the Alumni Council.
Lucas’ favorite person in Canadian history is the pianist Glenn Gould, who he just completed a month-long study about. For Lucas, it wasn’t just his incredibly technique and musicality, but how he was a trail-blazer for recording technology as well as his unique interpretations. As an aspiring pianist himself, Lucas is heavily influenced by his playing.
In addition to history, Lucas enjoys learning about politics. He enjoys politics because of the tough, controversial decisions that have to be made, and the range of perspectives that can be considered for each topic. Lucas is also a huge sports fan! In particular, he loves the Vancouver Canucks. He says he is sticking with them even though they’ve been struggling lately 😉
Julia – Kamloops-Thompson Rivers
Julia participated in the BC Provincial Fair in 2014, in Kamloops. This is her second year on the Council. Her favourite person in Canadian history is Catherine Schubert. She finds her especially interesting because she was the first female Overlander; she walked across the Rocky Mountains in her skirts while pregnant (not to mention she had other children to take care of!). Also, Catherine Schubert was from Kamloops, just like Julia.
Besides history-related activities, Julia enjoys reading, writing, and dance lessons, among other things. She also loves anything related to Harry Potter!
Siobhan – Sea to Sky
Siobhan participated in the BC Provincial Fair in July 2016, in Vancouver. This is her first year on the Alumni Council.
When asked who her favourite person in Canadian history is, Siobhan admires Louis Riel. She learned about how Riel actively fought to preserve minority French and Métis rights, and led the Red River and the North West Rebellions. Siobhan admits that Riel’s role in Canadian history is quite controversial, but believes that he nonetheless played a major part in creating our current country.
Siobhan loves nature and animals, the outdoors, reading, photography, cooking, skiing and snowboarding, and travel. She is a self-proclaimed fantasy/super hero/sci-fi/adventure “geek” who is a huge fan of Harry Potter and Star Wars. Siobhan is also involved in concert and jazz band, and choir at school.
Welcome to the Council, Siobhan!
Anisha – Delta-Surrey
Anisha participated in the BC Provincial Fair in Victoria, in 2013. This is her fourth year on the Council. When asked about her favourite moment in Canadian history, Anisha mentioned the Komagata Maru incident. Anisha believes this was an important first step towards Canada learning to become a more multicultural nation.
Anisha has enjoyed being a part of the Heritage Fairs program because she loves history and participating in project-based learning more than essays.
Outside the Alumni program, Anisha loves reading, baking, volleyball and science.
Matthew – Vancouver
Matthew participated in the Provincial Fair in 2016, in Vancouver. This is his first year on the Alumni Council.
The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is Matthew’s favourite moment in Canadian history so far.
Overall, Matthew’s favourite part about Heritage Fair was the freedom to choose his own research topic. He says it is difficult to investigate history unless you are passionate about a topic.
Welcome aboard, Matthew!
Abrielle – Vancouver
Abrielle participated in the Provincial Fair in Victoria, in 2015. This is her second year on the Alumni Council.
Abrielle’s favourite person in Canadian history is Michael Smith. Michael Smith is a biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1993.
Abrielle’s BC Heritage Fair experience was extra enjoyable because of the range of creativity she saw in the projects of her peers.
Speaking of creativity, Abrielle demonstrated some amazing creativity as a candidate in the Young Citizens program. Check out one of her videos here: http://www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2016/Abrielle-(Abby)-C
Benjamin – South Island
Ben participates in the Provincial Fair in 2016, in Vancouver. This is his first year on the Council.
Ben’s favourite person in Canadian history is Alvin York. York received a medal of honour for his incredible military service during WWI.
Ben enjoyed his Heritage Fair experience because of all the great people he was able to meet who were also interested in history!
In addition to history, Ben loves all kinds of things. Fun fact: Ben has a Youtube Channel on Lego 🙂
Great to have you on the Council this year, Ben!
Jaia – Richmond
Jaia participated in the 2015 Provincial Fair in Victoria. This is her first year on the Alumni Council.
Jaia’s favourite person in Canadian history is Emily Carr. Jaia believes Emily Carr to be an extremely significant figure in the arts in Canada. Not only was Emily Carr able to become a very successful female artist, she is still able to captivate newer generations with her art work today.
Jaia’s involvement in the Heritage Fairs program has been personally inspiring and rewarding. She credits the Heritage Fairs program with helping her to develop her writing and research skills. Furthermore, she has learned how to use oral interviews, photographs and maps to aid her in her research. Overall, Jaia says the BC Heritage Fairs program has helped her to learn more about BC history and appreciate the sacrifices that those who came before her have made.
Gita – Richmond
Gita participated in the Provincial Fair in Victoria, in 2011. This is her fourth year on the Alumni Council.
When asked about the most significant moment from Canadian history, Gita says it has to be the Battle of Vimy Ridge. She considers the Battle of Vimy Ridge to be one of the greatest battles led by Canadians during WWI. Gita says this battle is significant because this victory helped to spread feelings of Canadian pride across the country.
Overall, Gita loves the vision behind the BC Heritage Fairs program. She loves the idea of people coming together to share stories and opinions about events and people from the past. Furthermore, Gita appreciates the fact that participating in the Heritage Fairs program is a constant learning experience.
In addition to history, Gita loves soccer, piano, and guitar.
Vedanshi – Richmond
Vedanshi participated in the Provincial Fair in Kamloops, in 2014. This is her third year on the Alumni Council.
Vedanshi’s favourite moment in Canadian history is ‘now.’ She says she enjoys living in the moment, and who can blame her? Right now, Vedanshi’s life is pretty exciting. She recently won a trip to Ottawa to the Young Citizens Forum hosted by Canada’s History for her video entitled, “L’histoire d’un pionnier canadien.” You can view the video here : http://www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2016/Vedanshi-V
Outside her interest in history, Vedanshi is a self-proclaimed “Harry Potter Fanatic.” Looks like many of our Alumni members have this in common!
Glad to have you back, Vedanshi!
Veronica – Richmond.
Veronica participated in the Provincial Fair in 2014, in Kamloops. This is her second year on the Council.
Veronica’s favourite moment in Canadian history was the 1972 Summit Series. The summit Series was an eight game hickey series between Canada and the Soviet Union. She says this game was significant because it was not only a hockey battle, but a battle between two countries, cultures and different styles of hockey.
Veronica loves the Heritage Fair program because it focuses on youth, and provides opportunities for Alumni as well.
Outside of her participation on the Alumni Council, Veronica loves the Vancouver Canucks, reading, and writing poetry.