Creative Activities for Canada’s 150th

Our Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th project is running throughout the year. Coordinator Eric Craven is working with several community partners including Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT), Concordia University, James Lyng High School, Saint Columba House, Skateboards for Hope, and Trafalgar School for Girls. The video project is funded by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Fondation du Grand Montréal, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

Our 150 Words for 150 Years flash writing contest attracted almost 200 entries from all over Canada and outside of Canada. The winners were Cindy Zhang of White Rock, BC for “O The Maple Leaf” (Youth category — age 20 and younger), Mark Paterson of Montreal for “A Line Home” (Fiction), and Lois Manton of Montreal for “Wake Up, It’s Snowing!” and Carolyn Marie Souaid of Montreal for “Lizzie and Me” (Nonfiction). The writing contest was part of our 2016-2018 AWE III project funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

Mark Paterson, Fiction winner, with prize sponsor Brian Campbell

Carolyn Marie Souaid and Lois Manton, Nonfiction winners

We had a wonderful 150th Day Party on Tuesday, May 30 celebrating creativity and showcasing videos and written compositions by participants in the two projects. One hundred attendees enjoyed the presentations and applauded the writing contest winners and runners-up.