UPDATE: The Experiences Canada Award (formerly the SEVEC Ambassador of History Award) is granted each year to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to youth discovery of the rich diversity of Canada’s history, heritage and culture through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program. Launched in 2013, the award is granted each year in conjunction with the prestigious Governor General’s History Awards. The recipient of the award will travel to Ottawa to receive their Award at a ceremony at Rideau Hall and participate in a two-day series of events and activities organized by Canada’s History Society.

CONGRATULATIONS JACQUIE MYDYNSKI-ARP- THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2015 EXPERIENCES CANADA HISTORY AWARD

October 16, 2015 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada His Excellency presents The SEVEC History Award to Jacquie Mydynski-Arp. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented teachers and other outstanding Canadians with the Governor General’s History Awards for their efforts to further an interest in and understanding of Canadian history and heritage on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Rideau Hall. Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG

His Excellency presents The Experiences Canada History Award to Jacquie Mydynski-Arp. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented teachers and other outstanding Canadians with the Governor General’s History Awards for their efforts to further an interest in and understanding of Canadian history and heritage on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Rideau Hall.

Jacquie Mydynski-Arp, vice principal of Swan Valley Regional Secondary School from Manitoba, has been awarded the 2015 Experiences Canada History Award. Presented by the Experiences Canada, this award celebrates Canadian achievements in the field of history and heritage. This award is presented at the Governor General’s History Awards administered by Canada’s History Society.

Jacquie Mydynski-Arp became Vice-Principal of the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School (SVRSS) in 2000. Being a lifelong learner she completed her Graduate Diploma in Education from Brandon University in 2004 majoring in School Administration. The Swan Valley Regional Secondary School is centrally located in the Swan River Valley in the town of Swan River, Manitoba serving approximately 500 students Grades 9 through 12. The SVRSS is an inclusive educational environment where student voice is encouraged. About 40% of the student population identify with an Aboriginal or Metis heritage.

The Experiences Canada History Award is designed to encourage group organizers to incorporate creative and innovative history and heritage programming into their interprovincial exchanges,” said Deborah Morrison, executive director of Experiences Canada. “Not only do we want to recognize a successful exchange, but we also hope that sharing these activity plans with other teachers and group organizers, will inspire more young Canadians to gain a greater interest and appreciation of our country’s storied past.”

CONGRATULATIONS MATT KELLY – THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2014 SEVEC HISTORY AWARD

Governor General's History Awards

Mr. Matt Kelly, Montague Regional High School teacher from Montague, Prince Edward Island, received the SEVEC History Award from His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 3, 2014.

Matt Kelly, a high school teacher now at Montague Regional High School, has been awarded the 2014 SEVEC History Award. Presented by Experiences Canada, this award celebrates Canadian achievements in the field of history and heritage and is part of the Governor General’s History Awards celebrations administered by Canada’s History Society.

Last year, while teaching at Morell Regional High School Mr. Kelly organized an SEVEC exchange with Rideau District High School from Elgin, ON. While Mr. Kelly and his students were hosting, he created an itinerary rich in culture and Canadian history and heritage. The youth started with a tour of Charlottetown, including the National Historic Site of Province House, Founders Hall, Canada’s Birthplace Pavillion, and listened to a description of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. They also visited Cavendish Beach and PEI National Park and travelled to New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge and visited the Gateway village.

“The SEVEC Exchange was amazing! I met so many unforgettable people and I was able to experience a part of Canada that I had never been to before. Not only did I learn a lot about the history and culture of PEI, but I also learned a lot about my own community and myself,” described Kathleen Warren, a Grade 11 student from Rideau District High School.

William Morris, the exchange teacher from Rideau District High School and 2012 SEVEC Ambassador Award recipient, had very positive feedback about Mr. Kelly: “Matt Kelly went above and beyond all expectations to ensure the success of this exchange visit. His passion for the program and his attention to detail allowed each and every person the opportunity to explore and appreciate the Prince Edward Island experience.”

In addition to a trip for 2 to travel to Ottawa for the Award celebrations, both Mr. Kelly and Morell Regional High School will receive $1000 from SEVEC. A cheque presentation ceremony is being planned at Morel Regional High School on Thursday, November 20th.

“The SEVEC History Award is designed to inspire our group organizers to be creative and innovative in building more history and heritage programming into their visits and exchanges,” said Deborah Morrison, executive director of SEVEC. “Not only do we want to recognize a job well done, but we want to share those activity plans with other teachers and youth organizers so that more young Canadians can benefit from greater knowledge and appreciation of our past.”

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES CANADA HISTORY AWARD

The Experiences Canada History Award celebrates an individual who has advanced his/her exchange participants’ knowledge of Canadian history through an Experiences Canada exchange. The award is granted each year in conjunction with Canada’s History, and the prestigious Governor General’s History Awards. The recipient of the award will travel to Ottawa to attend the Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall and be recognized at the Awards Dinner.

Launched in 2013, the award is inspired by the hundreds of teachers, group organizers, chaperones and parents who inspire youth to learn more about their history. We encourage you to nominate a teacher, group organizer, or chaperone who took history out of the classroom and into the field on an Experiences Canada youth exchange. Nominate them today!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Eligible candidates must be teachers, group organizers, or chaperones who have:

  1. Taken part in the Experiences Canada Youth Exchanges Canada program at least once within the last five years;
  2. Been instrumental in facilitating an exchange that achieved some or all of the objectives of Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program listed below:
    • Enhanced the knowledge and understanding of Canada among Canadian youth, with a specific focus on Canadian History. Canadian history and heritage content is considered to be any activity that encourages youth to learn about, gain knowledge of, or experience; i) significant events, places, people, or artifacts from Canada’s past (history); and/or ii) accounts of the diverse traditions that have had, and still have, an influence on the lives of Canadians (heritage).