Fair celebrates region’s heritage in Alberni

Eighth Avenue Elementary School Grade 5 student Karlee Simpson shows part of her display 'Masks' at the Echo Centre on Friday afternoon. Simpson's exhibit was one of several shown at the Alberni Valley Museum Heritage Fair held on May 6-7.

Eighth Avenue Elementary School Grade 5 student Karlee Simpson shows part of her display 'Masks' at the Echo Centre on Friday afternoon. Simpson's exhibit was one of several shown at the Alberni Valley Museum Heritage Fair held on May 6-7.



There were 31 awards handed out after the 2011 Alberni Valley Museum Heritage Fair.

The fair was held May 6-7 at Echo Centre and more than 120 students competed from Port Alberni, Courtenay, Comox and Ucluelet.

“The exhibits were fabulous and the staff and judges did an excellent job,” museum director Jean McIntosh said.

Up to six students and one teacher are moving on to represent the region at the Provincial Heritage Fair in Victoria.

Competitors previously could earn the chance to advance to the national heritage fair, but there won’t be one this year due to funding cutbacks.

The Grade 4/5 winners included Valley View Elementary’s Haley Wigard; Haahuupayak’s Kalilah Rampanen; Aspen Park Elem-entary’s Zachary Scheuerman;

Valley View Elementary’s Haley Waldhaus; Mark R. Isfeld Secondary’s Aiden Weckesser; Port Alberni Christian School’s Bailee Atleo & Emma Offerein; and Cumberland Elementary’s Maya Willard-Stepan.

And the Grade 4-5 honour medals went to Meaghen Cabral of Queeneesh Elementary and Joshua Minkley of Valley View Elementary.

In Grade 6-7 Highland Secondary’s Margaret Lyster won the Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Literacy Award.

Miracle Beach Elementary’s Bessa Williams won the Hydro Power Pioneers award.

The Captial Region Commission award was won by Claire Fullerton of Valley View Elementary.

Danielle Robertson of Valley View Elementary won Canada’s History Medal.

G.P. Vanier Secondary’s Reece Meyerhoff.

The B.C. Historic Places award went to Katherine Lyster of Aspen Park Elementary.

Molly Bryan of Cumberland Elementary United won the Empire Loyalists award.

Chloe Pierce of Aspen Park Elementary won the B.C. Magazine award.

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