Ben Strickland of Bridgewater Elementary School returned from Ottawa on Sunday after accepting his Young Citizens Award for his video: Canada’s Wooden Wonder “The Mosquito” at the Canadian Youth Forum held on Sunday at the Canadian War Museum. When asked “What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?” Ben replied, “Canada played a major role during WW2 by manufacturing, training crews, and flying missions with the de Havilland Mosquito. After the war it was used for mapping Canada's remote northern territory. The Mosquito paved the way for more Canadian built planes such as the Dash 8 that is in use today.”
There were 150 students competing in this year’s Canada's History Young Citizen National video program, with a total of three students from Bridgewater, and 6 students from Nova Scotia.The Young Citizens program focuses on citizenship and is a complementary component to Heritage Fairs, an annual event where students present the results of their research on Canadian heroes, legends and key events in Canadian history. Participants in the Young Citizens program make a short video about their heritage fair topic, much like an evening news report or short documentary. Ben’s video on the Mosquito was posted online and reviewed by a panel of judges. He was successful and won his recent trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum, tour Ottawa and Parliament Hill, visit the Governor Generals Residence at Rideau Hall and Canada’s War Museum. Tony Eisnor a teacher at Bridgewater Elementary School accompanied Ben on the trip as Nova Scotia's representative at the Youth Forum. Congratulations Ben! Ben’s Nationalwinning video can be viewed online at: www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2014/Ben-S">http://www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2014/Ben-S" target="_blank">www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2014/Ben-S">http://www.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2014/Ben-S .