Meet your Alumni Council
Meet your 2018-2019 Council! Each student has answered the question, “What do you wish all students and teachers knew about Heritage Fair?” The Council is supported by the Alumni Coordinator, Rachel, and the Alumni Assistant Coordinator, Keilin.
Jaia – Richmond
I wish that all students knew that Heritage Fairs is an opportunity to research a topic of Canadian history, but also to discover what they are passionate about. Participating in Heritage Fairs has been life changing for me and I know that it would have a positive impact on more students if teachers got their classes involved. One thing about Heritage Fairs that I especially appreciate is that the process is valuable, but with the finished project comes a true appreciation for the discovery of the process itself.
Julia – Kamloops-Thompson Rivers
Heritage Fairs is an educational and impactful program that is not as well-known as it should be. Initially, I believe that many see Heritage Fair as an incredibly long and possibly not worthwhile project. However, Heritage Fairs allows students the freedom to learn in a more personal way. By choosing their own topic, students are more likely to continue to be interested in their topic throughout the project process. Heritage Fair projects teach students perseverance, allow them to problem solve, and show them the value of hard work. Not to mention, students are introduced to thorough researching, which greatly helps them with various essays and assignments later on in life. Overall, I believe that if teachers and students have heard of Heritage Fairs, they are not always aware of the enormous benefits.
Lucas – Rivers to Sea
I wish that all teachers and students knew that heritage fair gives students an opportunity to develop a passion for learning. Despite being extremely open-ended, allowing students to tailor the project to their own needs, teachers can also apply Curricular Competencies from the social studies curriculum to help teach the students valuable historical thinking skills. The components of the project, such as conducting research from accurate sources, interviewing members of the community, making a physical display, and preparing a speech are all skills that I still use today, and I’m extremely happy that I started to develop them at such a young age.
Vedanshi – Richmond
I wish all students recognized how what they learn in Heritage Fairs can be translated into many other aspects of their lives. Be it an essay for Social Studies, or a research paper for Chemistry, the training that this program provides to enhance their critical thinking skills is incredible! For example, I carried out an independent research about a topic related to Forensic Chemistry, and five years ago, when I did my Heritage Fair project, I had no idea that the ability to analyze and understand highly academic material, or learning how to contact people in the community, would ever come in handy for this particular project! Often, students feel like Heritage Fair is just another project, but looking beyond solely the expansive knowledge they gained about one fraction of Canadian heritage, it can be realized that they have actually accumulated a refined skillset and capacity to inquire at a highly advanced level in any subject matter.
Leona – Vancouver
I wish that students knew how much fun Heritage Fairs are! It’s a lot of fun to produce an educational project, and to be able to advance in friendly competition and present to many people. It’s a life changing experience and opens up doors to a lot of new opportunities. I wish that all teachers would let all their students participate in Heritage Fair. It is a lot of work, a lot of class time will need to be dedicated, and there will be a bit of stress on the teacher. But it’s easy socials marks, and it’s a good opportunity for all students to expand on their organization skills, project making skills, and presentation skills. I hope that both teachers and students can find the importance of recognizing Canadian History. Especially for those of our generation, to recognize and honour Canadian History.
Kevin – Vancouver
It is of paramount importance that students should get started early. Even a little bit each day can go a long way. Have several topic ideas in case one doesn’t work, and don’t be afraid of switching topics. Have a wide variety of sources, including people who were at the event or are knowledgeable about it such as curators or historians. Finally, cite your sources while gathering information. It makes wrapping up the project more efficient.
Rhiannon – Okanagan
I wish all students knew what a great opportunity the Heritage Fairs program provides. School-wide and regional fairs provide their attendees with an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and learn about the history of their hometown. Provincial fairs are similar, but give the student the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the province. I know that I met some amazing people at the Squamish Provincial Fair and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. I wish that all teachers knew how to effectively incorporate Heritage Fairs into a class project. I believe that a good way to present this wonderful opportunity to your students would be to turn it into a regular project and if the student is passionate about history or their topic, encourage them to compete in their regional fair. You could even make the fair into a field trip!
Judy – Vancouver
I wish all teachers/students knew how much fun the Fairs are! For me, after spending so much time researching, writing and making my poster board, the Fairs were a great way to share all my hard work with everyone and also visit other people’s projects. Despite being nervous to present to strangers at first, I felt very proud of myself for completing my project. So, after a few rounds of presentations, I became eager and excited when people wanted to learn more about my topic. Knowing that every student put a lot of time and energy into their projects also makes everyone very respectful of each other. Showing my research to an audience and having a valuable conversation with them was a fulfilling experience that made up for the hardships I may have faced during the project-making process. It also felt great when people seemed genuinely interested in what I was saying and asked questions; it made all my research worthwhile knowing that I had taught someone something knew or passed onto them an interest in history. The Fairs are a very enjoyable experience because I got to learn so much more information about Canadian history from other students and admire their wonderful projects. Overall, the environment of the Fairs is supportive and positive, filled with a variety of unique projects, hard-working students and a curious audience.