The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum are pleased to announce they have awarded the prestigious Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award to five high school seniors from across Canada for their outstanding works of art and scholarship on the theme of Canada and the First World War.
Judged by a multi-disciplinary committee, the annual Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards are open to all graduating high school seniors and carry a $1,000 cash prize for each of the five winners. This year’s laureates are:
- Jaclyn Salter of Grand Forks Secondary School in Grand Forks, Saskatchewan for her poem pdf What It Was For: A poem on Canadian enlistment in World War One (974 KB) ;
- Kate Smith of Springhill Junior Senior High School in Spring Hill, Nova Scotia for her poem pdf The Call (1.67 MB) ;
- Gregory Youmans of Goderich District Collegiate in Goderich, Ontario for his essay pdf The Entrance of Canada to World War One: Factors Affecting the Reactions of Canadians to the Declaration of War (1.93 MB) ;
- Ben Kmiech of John Paul II Collegiate in North Battleford, Saskatchewan for his bilingual audio visual presentation on the subject of Canada’s involvement in the First World War.
- Kathleen Rossiter of Belleisle Regional High in Springfield, New Brunswick for her audio visual presentation The Life of John J. Ross.
This year’s theme was chosen to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. Beginning in August 1914, it would last more than four years, and claim the lives of approximately 9 million people in uniform. During the same period, the war and related conflicts would kill an estimated 20 million civilians.