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South Shore Student Wins "My Quebec Roots" heritage video contest

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--June 14, 2012.

CBC Quebec and the Quebec Community Groups Network are pleased to announce the winners of the My Quebec Roots video contest for high school students. Co-sponsored by the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the video contest encouraged young Quebecers to get in touch with their roots and share the unique stories of their families and communities.

“This year's submission present some fascinating stories that are never heard,” commented Guy Rodgers, the Executive Director of ELAN. “QCGN, CBC and the school boards should seize this opportunity to develop 'My Quebec Roots' so an entire generation can share their stories about growing up in this colourful and complex place we call home.”

High school students between 13-18 years of age were invited to create and upload 2-3 minute videos to the CBC website that relates their Quebec identity. Entries were judged on overall impact, creativity and originality, content, as well as technical skills. On the whole, the contest judges were impressed with the quality of the entries.

And the winners are:

· First Place: My English Quebec Roots: St. Lambert, by Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, who recounts the history of his South Shore community of St-Lambert and his family’s multicultural roots which are a blend of Native Indian, French, German, Scottish and English.

· Second Place: "Life in La Tabatière, by Amanda Gallibois-Robertson, describes her life in the fishing village on the Lower North Shore where several generations of her family have lived since her ancestor Samuel Robertson purchased the bankrupt seal fishery in 1820.

· Third Place: Where It All Began, by Victoria Marsh, which recounts her family’s passage from Wales in the 1600s to Massachusetts and Vermont before crossing north to Quebec in the early 1800s to establish themselves in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

For his first place showing, Cohen Aitchison-Dugas wins an IPAD 2 16 GB. Amanda Gallibois-Robertson wins and an IPOD 8GB. Third place winner Victoria Marsh wins a $50 gift certificate to the CBC Shop. Cohen Aitchison-Dugas will be presented her prize during the Annual Meeting of the QCGN on Friday, June 15 where the three winning videos will be premiered. The winning can be viewed on the websites of CBC Montreal at Montreal and the QCGN’s at

The videos were judged by a panel of art and history afficianados that included Anna Asimakopulos, arts reporter for CBC Montreal; Matthew Farfan, an historian and the Executive Director of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN); Guy Rodgers, the Executive Director of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN); as well as Nicola Johnston, the youth representative on the board of the QCGN.

“We are delighted to offer these awards to three deserving, young individuals in our communities who demonstrated considerable thought as well as passion for their families and community in the creation of these videos,” said QCGN Board member Nicola Johnston. “These stories are a testament to the bright and dynamic young talent that make up our communities today. In the years to come, we look forward to hearing more stories that speak to the vitality and vibrancy of the Quebec English-speaking community.”

The Quebec Community Groups Network is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 38 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.