Canada 150


Photo courtesy of John F. Bargman

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.

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Aum1Meet Aum Nicol

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 Canadian history and the symbolic animals of our country.  Born in Trinidad and with many multicultural friends, she embraces opportunities to share how most people in Canada have roots in another part of the world and calls attention to how our differences contribute to our country’s unique identity.


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.