Congratulations to SPIRIT of Peace contest winners

SPIRIT of Peace contest first prize winner Ghalia Aamer and Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell.

Congratulations to the three young Albertans who took home top prizes in the SPIRIT of Peace contest, offered through the History and Heroes Foundation.  Thank you as well to everyone who took time to honour their community's Great War heroes through the contest.

The First Prize winner was Ghalia Aamer, a grade 12 student from Old Scona High School in Edmonton. Ghalia's entry was a video tribute to Edmonton solider Edmund Alberta McDonough, who died in the Battle of Passchendaele. Ghalia received her prize at a special Armistice dinner that the Lieutenant Governor hosted at Government House.  




The second prize winner was Sophia Lin from Westmount Charter School in Calgary. Her presentation was a tribute to Great War veteran Mike Mountain Horse.  View presentation: Mike Mountain Horse by Sophia Lin (.ppt)


The third prize winner was Nic de Gier from Hope Christian School in Lacombe Alberta for his video tribute to the Great War heroes of his community.


About the SPIRIT of Peace Contest

November 2018 marks the  centennial of the end of the First World War. Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell launched the SPIRIT of Peace contest, in conjunction with the History and Heroes Foundation,  to encourage young Albertans to learn about the front line heroes who served as well as the home front heroes who made a difference in Alberta communities throughout the Great War era.

The contest was open to students in Grades 10-12 and invited participants to share the stories of people in their community who marched to war, as well as the men and women who stepped in to keep businesses and factories running, bring in the crops and care for the injured.

“The First World War brought great loss and change to every Alberta community. This is a way for young people to discover what it meant for their home town and to preserve the legacies of all those who fought and hoped for peace. It’s also an opportunity for young people to explore the wealth of museums and history resources that exist throughout our province and to learn from the important stories they have to share.” Her Honour, the Hon. Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

The SPIRIT of Peace contest offered  a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $500 and a third prize of $250.

SPIRIT of Peace contest details and links to Great War information resources are available at