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The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award includes a $1,000 cash prize for each winner. The award is named after a former member of the Friends who left a bequest for educational purposes when he passed away in 2005. Colonel Gunter served with the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery for 32 years. He served during the Second World War, the Korean War and in peacekeeping operations in Cyprus.

“The Gunter History Award invites youth to engage with our military history in a thoughtful and creative way,” said Caroline Dromaguet, Acting Director General of the Canadian War Museum. “As we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War, this is a perfect time for Canadians to look back and explore the impact of the conflict on the country — both then and now.”

“We are proud to join the Canadian War Museum in supporting this opportunity for students,” said Robert Hamilton, President of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. “I congratulate the winners and hope that this award will help them to continue their studies, adding to our knowledge of Canadian military history.”

  • Laora Fonderflick of Cochrane High School in Cochrane, Alberta, for her essay “Canada Day Versus Memorial Day”;
  • Sarah Sheppard of Etobicoke School of the Arts in Etobicoke, Ontario, for her art installation “Every Day Memorials”;
  • Xuesi (Athena) Zhong of Bayview Secondary School in Markham, Ontario, for her artwork “The Unseen Contributors to the Canadian Identity.”

This year, students were asked to produce a work on the theme of the legacy of the First World War. The 2018 laureates, chosen by a multidisciplinary committee, are:

The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum have announced three winners of this year’s Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award. The prestigious prize recognizes graduating high school students from across Canada who have created outstanding works of art and scholarship that explore the influence of military events on our development as a nation.


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