By Mark Squibb | Feb. 25, 2021
Heritage NL received over 1,500 posters from students across the province showcasing local heritage properties for this year’s annual Heritage Week celebrations.
The overall winning submission came courtesy of Brianna Fowler, a Grade 11 student at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, who submitted a drawing of Kent Cottage, a Registered Heritage Structure in nearby Brigus, a location that Fowler said she has visited many times.
Other winning submissions, at other grade levels, include: Primary – Carter Waterman, Grade 3, Fogo Island Central Academy; Elementary – Cole Sullivan, Grade 5, Mobile Central High; and Junior High – Sarah Manning, Grade 9, Holy Trinity High, Torbay.
Regional winners included: Avalon – Anna Reid, Grade 5, Woodland Elementary, Dildo; Eastern – Erica Clouter, Grade 5, Riverside Elementary, Clarenville; Central – Kaylee Burry, Grade 8, Homeschooled, Gander; Western – Imogen Ash, Grade 2, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Corner Brook; and Labrador – Terese Rich, Grade 6, Sheshatshiu Innu School.
The students joined Heritage NL staff members for a virtual ‘meet-the-winners’ ceremony held on February 15. The students talked about their posters and how they came to choose which heritage buildings they wanted to draw, several of which were in their own communities, but others were a bit further from home. Sarah Manning of Holy Trinity High in Torbay, for example, drew the Ferryland Lighthouse, a spot that she said her and her family visit each summer.
Many of the students shared a personal connection to the buildings, such as Cole Sullivan of Mobile, who drew Ferryland’s Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church.
“I drew the church because half of my family got married there, and my sister was baptized there,” said Cole with a smile.“And all the stones in the wall came from Stone Island, and that’s really, really close to where my dad lived.”
The National Trust for Canada promotes the third Monday in February each year as Heritage Day and the week following as Heritage Week.