Simcoe County Students Awarded for Canadian History Essays



The three laureates addressed the topics of prejudice and discrimination, colonialism and anti-black racism

Three high school students won the Andrew Hunter Award from the Simcoe County Historical Association for outstanding writing on a topic in Canadian history.

Lavanya Chopra of Bradford District High School won first place for her essay on Prejudice and Discrimination in Canadian History.

Jordan Walker of Innisdale High School won second place for an essay on colonialism.

Lisette Harrison, also from Innisdale High School, won third place for an essay on anti-black racism.

Each winner will receive a cash prize as well as the gift of a history book which will hopefully aid them in their continued study of Canadian history.

The Andrew Hunter Prize, named after one of Simcoe County’s early historians and co-founder of the historical association, was originally offered to post-secondary students in Canadian history at Laurentian University’s Barrie campus.

When Laurentian ended its history program in 2015 as part of its withdrawal from Barrie, the award lay dormant until it was relaunched in 2020, this time focused on Canadian history students. in high schools in Simcoe County.

“We at the Simcoe County History Association (SCHA) believe that if you want people to preserve places, buildings, artefacts and historical records in the future, we need to connect them to history as we go. as they develop and grow, “said CHS President Ted Duncan.” The Hunter Award program is one way to do it. ”

“We need to support educators who are developing programs to involve their students in our past through research and storytelling,” Duncan says. “Andrew Hunter believed in it, and so did we. ”

The CHS will accept nominations for the next Andrew Hunter Award throughout the current academic year. Interested teachers can contact the CHS for more information at [email protected]

Founded in 1891, the Simcoe County Historical Association is a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and appreciation of the history and heritage of Simcoe County. For more information on the Simcoe County Historical Association, please visit our website at



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