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2015 Gunter History Awards

The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum are pleased to announce that they have awarded the prestigious Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award to four high school seniors from across Canada for their outstanding works of art and scholarship on the theme of war and media.

“The Friends of the Canadian War Museum are proud to join the Canadian War Museum in sponsoring this important opportunity for students to showcase their military history knowledge in a variety of creative ways,” said Linda Colwell, Brigadier-General (Retired), President of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. “The Friends congratulate this year’s deserving winners.”

“We are pleased to be able to partner with the Friends of the Canadian War Museum to foster a greater understanding of Canadian military history,” said Mark O’Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History. “The financial support they provide to help students further their studies is invaluable.”

Judged by a multi-disciplinary committee, the annual Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards are open to all graduating high school seniors, and include a $1,000 cash prize for each of the four winners. This year’s theme explored relationships between the military, the media and the public within a Canadian context. The 2015 laureates are:

  • Tessa Mouzourakis of Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, for her short story, The Battle of Truths.
  • William James Burns of Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton, New Brunswick, for his video production, Peter Stursberg — Canadian World War Two correspondent for the CBC News.
  • Miriam Dumitra of Langley Christian School in Langley, British Columbia, for her work of art, If You Don’t Like it, Edit It: Canadian Censorship Media in World War I.
  • Felix Lupien of École de la Magdeleine in La Prairie, Quebec, for his essay, La plume et l’épée – Essai sur l’utilité de la propagande en temps de guerre.

To see the winning entries, please visit

The call for submissions for the 2016 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards will open in September 2015. The criteria and categories for the 2016 Awards will be posted online at that time.


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