Ontario Heritage Fairs – A Wonderful Partnership!

Ontario Heritage Fairs – A Wonderful Partnership!

Patti Mordasewicz, Past President, OGS

The Heritage Fairs Program is a multi-media learning initiative developed to increase public awareness and interest in Canadian history.  The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association offers students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of their Canadian heritage in a dynamic learning environment and to present the results of their efforts, in either French or English, in a public exhibition.

The Fairs program is divided into three components. School or Community Fairs take place between February and April; Regional Fairs and a Provincial Fair* are scheduled during April and early May.

The Ontario Genealogical Society is proud to partner with the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association by donating prizes for winning projects in the category of Genealogy.  Each Regional Fair winner is given an OGS certificate and a book, and offered a student membership in The Society. The winner’s school is also given a book and a set of Family History Lesson Plans covering all grades in the Ontario curriculum.  This year a number of our Branch volunteers were able to attend the regional fairs and present the awards in person to the winning students.

These Fairs showcase an amazing array of displays on all things Canadian, from Beaver Tails to Nellie McClung, to Roberta Bondar to Residential Schools.  *Unfortunately the 2018 Provincial Fair scheduled to take place at York University had to be cancelled due to the ongoing labour dispute on campus.  Organizers instead hosted three larger regional events in Sudbury, Ottawa and Toronto.  Photos from those events show the broad range of displays representing the fifteen regional fairs held across the province.

This year’s winners of the OGS prize at the regional fairs include:

  • Aidan N., Gr. 6 at Rideau Public School in Kingston: Le voyage de mon grand-père
  • Hailey W., Gr. 4 at Oakwood Public School in Port Colborne: Charles Aldridge
  • Tate V., Gr. 7 at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School in Whitby: Kangaroo’s
  • Hannah deJ. and Hanna V., Gr. 6 at Covenant Christian School in Smithville: Dundurn Castle
  • Jack V., Gr. 7 at Ecole Port-Elgin-Saugeen Central School in Port Elgin: Trapping: Livelihood ‘Fur’ Many Canadians
  • Anja L., Gr. 6 at Rideau Public School in Kingston: De levetzoà Leifso
  • Chiara N., St. Mark Catholic Elementary School in Beamsville: Reconciliation Pole
  • Emma P., Gr. 8 at St. Hubert Catholic Elementary School in North Bay: The Roots of My Faith
  • Léandra M., Gr. 5 (home-schooled): Sur les traces de mon arrière-grand-père – Dieppe
  • Jackson C., Gr. 8 at Ardagh Bluffs Public School in Barrie: Joseph Hopps & the Pacemaker
  • Cameron R., Gr. 6 at Princess Anne Public School in Sudbury: Sudbury Memorial Works
  • Cassandra D., Gr. 7 at Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School in London: Why is Eldon House important to London’s History?
  • Patricia T., Eastwood Middle School in East York: Nellie McClung
  • Janna D., Gr. 10 at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville: My Place in Canadian History
  • Lauren C., Gr. 7 at Perth & District Collegiate Institute: My Ancestors:  Moving Canada Forward



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