Lieutenant Governor Launches SPIRIT of Vimy Contest!

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Lois Mitchell, has launched a new educational program to foster greater public awareness of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This First World War battle has long been considered a significant event in the birth of Canada as a nation. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of this historic battle.

The program includes a SPIRIT of Vimy contest that is open to Albertans aged 14 to 24. The contest will encourage participants to learn about the history of Vimy ridge and explore their own personal or community connections to the battle.

To enter the contest, young people are to create a submission that bridges  the SPIRIT of Vimy Ridge to today and the future. Submissions can include a video; a song or composition; poetry; a short play or story; a choreographed dance number; visual art such as a painting or sculpture.

The finalist in each category (14-17 years, 18-24 years) and the peoples’ choice will be honoured at the Lieutenant Governor’s Centennial Celebration in April 2017. Top prizes include a chance to walk in the footsteps of our heroes on Vimy Ridge. Five monthly random draws will be made for $200 Staples gift cards. Winners will also receive a letter of achievement from the Lieutenant Governor.

vimyFinalists in each age category will be announced in April 2017:

  • Evaluation criteria will include how well each submission reflects the SPIRIT of Vimy Ridge (Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Resiliency, Inspiration, and Teamwork)
  • Does the submission have a connection to Alberta (was an effort made to use our local military museums, was there mention of Alberta military units, were there links to family members who fought at Vimy Ridge)?
  • People’s choice award will be determined by the total number of views and likes each submission receives

You can learn more about this excellent opportunity by visiting