Stamp Contest

Vernon Students Create Heritage Stamps 2017

In the coming months Canada Post will bring out the last of their World Heritage Site stamps for 2017. Over 90 Vernon students are ahead of them, creating Canadian Heritage stamps to launch the Vernon and District /North Okanagan Optimist Club, Heritage Fair for 2017.

Students chose a topic from Canadian history, it could be historical, a sports personality, an explanation of a Canadian icon or a family member’s story. The options were numerous. They then researched the topic, wrote a paragraph on why their theme is important to them and created their stamps to illustrate the theme.

The Heritage Fair steering committee then had the difficult task of choosing the top six entries. This year there is a wonderful range of students from grade three to grade seven included in the winners. One of the entries was also chosen to have their stamp used on the T-shirts for all of the students who will participate in this year’s Heritage Fair. The six finalists are, Ashley Hopkins from Okanagan Landing Elementary, Gray-C McLean from Harwood Elementary, Sophia Bilodeau from Coldstream Elementary, Jasmine Soon from Kidston Elementary and Maggie Wiltse and Adriana Brown from Lavington Elementary. All of the top six will receive a cheque for $50 and Gray-C McLean will have her stamp used on the T-shirts.

The 2017 Heritage Fair will be held on April 7 at the Schubert Centre . The fair is open to the public from 6:30 until 7:30, with the awards ceremony to follow. Last year we were proud to send 26 of our students to the Regional fair in Kelowna.

Stamp Contest Winners 2015

Canada Post brought out a series of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) heritage theme stamps and recently, a number of Vernon students also created stamps with a Canadian heritage theme. As the launch project for the 2016 Vernon Heritage Fair, students were asked to a create stamp based on Canadian history. They were also asked to provide a written explanation as to why the stamp was significant to them.

Five schools participated in the contest ~ BX, Coldstream, Harwood, Okanagan and St. James. Each classroom selected 10 entries to be considered for judging. From the 103 entries submitted, six were chosen as the best representations overall. The six finalists were Carter Vanderleest, Ben Turuk and Max Stewart from BX Elementary and Alena Collie, Megan Henderson and Man Vo from Okanagan Landing Elementary. Alena Collie was the overall winner. She received a $50 award for her efforts and her stamp will appear as the logo on the T-shirts given to the students who participate in the upcoming Heritage Fair.

The 2016 Vernon Heritage Fair is a project of the North Okanagan Optimist Club and was held on April 8, 2016 at the Schubert Centre. Additional information on the Heritage Fair can be found at and on our Facebook page Vernon Heritage Fair.