To kick-off the heritage fair season, students are invited to enter the Design & Story Contest. Two winning contest submissions are chosen from each region, one from the junior division (Grades 4 - 8), and one from the senior division (Grades 9 -12). Both of the winners in each region will receive a cash prize $50. Additionally, an overall provincial winner will be selected from the regional winners. This individual will receive a cash prize of $200 and their winning design will be featured on the yearly official heritage fair t-shirt.
The theme for 2018 - 2019 is Heroes and Villains of Newfoundland and Labrador's Past. Students are asked to:
1. Choose their favourite hero or villain from Newfoundland and Labrador’s past
2. Tell us about the impact this person had on the course of Newfoundland and Labrador history 3. Describe how the actions of this individual are viewed today
Each year, provincial organizations, associations, individuals, and businesses sponsor awards that can be won at each of the regional heritage fairs in the province. Sponsors have included The Rooms, Parks Canada, Heritage Foundation, Wooden Boat Museum, Museum Association, NL Public Libraries, Historic Sites Association, Island Rooms of Petty Harbour, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, Department of Education and early Childhood Development, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation, and many more.
Sponsored awards are awarded based on the relevance of the student project to the mandate of the sponsoring body. For example, students who show an exemplary use of library resources may receive an award from NL Public Libraries. Many of the sponsored awards are accompanied by a cash prize and certificate, however other prizes are often available.
To be considered for the Ambassador Award Program, a students’ heritage fair project must be associated with Newfoundland and Labrador’s role in WWI. Nineteen outstanding projects are selected at regional heritage fairs across the province by students from grades 7 - 12. Students selected for the award will receive a trip to Europe to visit Beaumont-Hamel for the annual July 1st ceremony. While in Europe, they will also participate in a battlefield tour of Northern France and Belgium. The students visit significant sites where the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought and explore the communities that house the Royal Newfoundland Regiment monuments and memorials.
The Ambassador Award Program is administered through a partnership between the Historic Sites Association of NL, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation’s Honour 100 Program.