Students tell what it means to be Canadian in videos

Diane Crocker
Published on February 28, 2014

In a little twist from the ordinary, the final three contestants in the Rotary Club of Corner Brook’s Adventure in Citizen speakoff presented their submissions to the judges at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday morning.

Unlike the first two competitors — Matthew English and Claire Andrews from Corner Brook Regional High — Pasadena Academy students Isabella Dennis, Shauna Osmond and Julia Halfyard put together 30-second videos on what it means to be a Canadian.

Dennis’s video contained pictures of things associated with being Canadian and her explanation of what that means to her.

“It means being together as a family, because I feel in Canada we are all one family,” said the 15-year-old Level 1 student, after the presentation.

She chose making a video over giving a speech because of the freedom it allowed. “You can put more of a visual to what you want to say rather than just speaking.”

It was for a similar reason that Osmond, 15, chose the video route.

“I like technology a lot more than speaking,” said the Level 1 student who made herself a part of the visual experience.

For her being Canadian means you can do whatever you want. “There’s really not many things that you can’t do.”

Level 2 student Halfyard, 16, chose to show what it means to be Canadian through pictures and words.

“We have freedom, we could speak our mind freely,” said Halfyard of the words she used.

She also liked the video option because it was less restrictive.

“With the video you could express yourself better,” she said.

Because of a technical glitch with Halfyard’s video the judges in the contest decided to hold off on making a final decision on which student will get the trip to Ottawa to take part in the Adventure in Citizenship conference in May.

Halfyard will submit her video to the judges via email for them to review and they’ll announce the successful student later.