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July 2, 2009
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Island Students Heading to the National Heritage Fair

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

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Six Prince Edward Island students will be leaving next week for Ottawa, where they will represent the province at the 2009 National Historica Heritage Fair.

The National Heritage Fair, which will be held July 7 - 13, 2009, is an annual event which brings together students from across Canada to share their experience and culture. Prince Edward Island participants Taylor Tremere, Ryan Drew, Alex MacIsaac, Lydia Raynor, Katie VanLeeuwen and Kaylin Buttimer were selected following the provincial heritage fair in May.

Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour praised the students for the high quality of work which will be showcased at the National Fair. “The students have worked hard and demonstrated their appreciation and understanding of the unique and important history of Prince Edward Island and of Canada,” she said. “I am pleased that these students will represent our province and proudly share our heritage at this national exhibition.”

The students will display their heritage fair projects during a National Fair Exhibition at the Museum of Civilization on July 9. While in Ottawa, the students will be participating in various activities and touring local sites. Student activities will be reported by Alumni Students (former student delegates) and posted to Heritage Press, the National Fair e-zine, found at

The students will be accompanied by Colonel Gray Senior High School teacher Corinne Chappell, who is also a member of the Provincial Heritage Fair Planning Committee.

For more information about the National Heritage Fair, contact Charlotte Stewart, Heritage Officer, Culture and Heritage Division, Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, 368-5940,


Following judging at the Provincial Heritage Fair, and upon recommendation of school principals and with the consent of parents/guardians, the following six students were selected to attend the National Heritage Fair:

• Taylor Tremere, L.M. Montgomery Elementary. Project title: A look back at my grandmother’s time – the Mi’kmaq of PEI

• Ryan Drew, West Kent Elementary. Project title: 1816: the year without a summer.

• Alex MacIsaac, Prince Street Elementary. Project title: Pier 21.

• Lydia Raynor, Hernewood Intermediate. Project title: The Irving Tycoon.

• Katie VanLeeuwen, École François-Buote. Project title: Dag mijn liefje. Ik wil je schrijven./ Au revoir ma chérie. Je vais t’écrire.

• Kaylin Buttimer, Gulf Shore Consolidated. Project title: Do you want milk with that?

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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