We are please to be participating in CANADA 150!
WP Puppet Theatre is creating a community video of a modern day story about Canada’s new avian emblem – the Gray Jay. We will be inviting one hundred and fifty or more, local, national and international, amateur and professional puppeteers of all ages, and their puppets, to read and record the story, one line at a time. Why? We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation! One line for each year.
Would you like to participate in our video? Apply for your group of up to 30 people for a FREE Gray Jay puppet making and performing workshop or find out how you can participate as an individual. > click for more information
We are please to announce Aum Nicol as the writer for our Canada 150 project!
Aum Nicol is an educator with over 30 years experience. “Playing” while teaching was her favourite way of getting important concepts across and making connections with her students. Mrs. Nicol loved using puppets to help teach many ideas from science to character education. During treatment for breast cancer, this devoted educator found it the perfect time to write and illustrate a book that may have stayed on the shelf if she kept teaching. A Multicultural Alphabet: Embracing Canada’s Identity was self-published in 2013 and since then she has produced a few more children’s books. Unable to return to the demands of the classroom due to the effects of the cancer treatment, she is still able to inspire by creating Grande Prairie’s first Children’s Festival.
Mrs Nicol is overjoyed to be working with WP Puppet Theatre to write a folktale about our newly appointed Canadian Bird, the Gray Jay. The excitement about creating this story comes from a desire to educate students about the land, people and animals of this place we call Canada. Born in Trinidad and with many multicultural friends, she embraces opportunities to share how people in Canada have roots in First Nations cultures or roots in another part of the world and calls attention to how our differences contribute to our country’s unique identity.
We would like to thank James, Thomas, and Deelan from WO Mitchell Elementary school for submitting their own Gray Jay stories and pictures! Thanks to Ms. Ofir Flor for supporting her students in our project.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.