The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum have awarded the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award to five high school seniors in Canada for their outstanding works of art and scholarship on the theme of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Judged by a multidisciplinary committee, the annual awards are open to all graduating high school seniors and carry a $1000 cash prize for each of the winners. This year’s entries explored how the experience of war has changed someone’s life. The 2016 laureates are:
- Connor B. Hawes of Grand Forks Secondary School in Grand Forks, BC for his essay “Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times”;
- Alexa Ishikawa of Centennial Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC for her video “Paper Cranes”;
- Chantelle Masterson of Fredericton High School in Fredericton, NB for her artwork entitled “Great Uncle Merle”;
- Eric Shepphard of Etobicoke School of the Arts in Oakville, ON for his essay “Every Soldier has a Story”;
- Gaurav Varshneya of Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, BC for his video “Operation: White Dove.”
The winning entries are posted at: warmuseum.ca/education/programs/the-colonel-douglas-h-gunter-award. The call for submissions for the 2017 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards will begin in September 2016.