WEB EXTRA: Heritage fair April 5 at CFB Comox

If you are fascinated with Canadian history and heritage, this weekend's Canadian Heritage Fair is sure to be of interest.

If you are fascinated with Canadian history and heritage, this weekend’s Canadian Heritage Fair is sure to be of  interest.

On Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 until 11 a.m., members of the public are invited to the Recreation Centre at CFB Comox to view student projects celebrating our heritage as Canadians.

For the past several months, students from across the Comox Valley in Grades 4 through 11 have been hard at work researching their projects.

These young people are now ready to  tell stories and share information about Canadian heroes, events, places or aspects of their personal culture and heritage.

For some students, a Heritage Fair project is an opportunity to research their own family’s history. Oftentimes students are surprised by what they learn! For others, Heritage Fair presents the forum for exploring a topic that has always intrigued them in more detail.

On Friday, while the fair is closed to the public, students will participate in workshops and have the opportunity to interact with community-based judges about their projects. Many of the judges come back year after year as they enjoy interacting with the students.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., there will be an awards ceremony.  The Wing Commander’s Shield,  888 (Komox) RCAF Bursaries, the MLA’s Award, the Vintage Wings of Canada Military Heritage Award, two North Island College bursaries and the Navy League Award are some of the prizes available for secondary level students.

All student are eligible for prizes from Soroptomists International, Aboriginal Education and the Francophone Association. Ten projects will be chosen to go on display at the Courtenay Museum.

For elementary students there are two main prizes. Thirty-five students will be chosen from our district fair to participate in the Regional Heritage Fair sponsored by Alberni District Museum. In addition, students with a real passion for history will be selected to receive a Ron Bannerman Memorial Medal.

— 19 Wing Comox