Gambo stu­dent needs your vote

Brook­lyn Bixby also set to fol­low in the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment’s First World War foot­steps

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

GAMBO, NL – In pre­par­ing a video for her Cen­tral Re­gional Her­itage Fair, Gambo stu­dent Brook­lyn Bixby has been en­tered into a prov­ince-wide com­pe­ti­tion that could see her rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador at Canada’s His­tory Na­tional Youth Fo­rum in Ot­tawa if she wins.

Brook­lyn is one of 12 stu­dents who cre­ated videos as part of the Young Cit­i­zens pro­gram.

Ac­cord­ing to the His­toric Sites As­so­ci­a­tion of New­found­land and Labrador, these videos are now on­line for public view­ing, com­ment­ing and vot­ing. Two of the stu­dents will rep­re­sent the prov­ince. One youth del­e­gate will be se­lected via pop­u­lar vote and the other se­lected by a panel of judges.

Links to the videos can be found at His­toricSites.ca, and vot­ing closes July 7.

Brook­lyn’s sub­mis­sion was called “Sam­son Bixby: My Blue Put­tee.”

She tells the story of her cousin, Sam­son Bixby, who fought as a Blue Put­tee in the First World War, and was among the first 537 sol­diers to join the Bri­tish forces.

In tak­ing on the project, she said, “I learned that our his­tory is rich and full of great thrilling sto­ries, but if we do not en­cour­age peo­ple to un­earth the his­to­ries then some of the very best sto­ries will re­main un­told and will there­fore be for­got­ten.”

Not only was Brook­lyn cho­sen to com­pete in the Young Cit­i­zens pro­gram at the re­gional her­itage fair, she also won the Am­bas­sador Award, one of 19 re­cip­i­ents in the prov­ince.

Next week, she and the other stu­dents will set out to fol­low the Trail of the Cari­bou in Europe, re­trac­ing the foot­steps of the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment in the First World War.

Those who wish to vote for Brook­lyn’s en­try in the Young Cit­i­zens pro­gram can do so by vis­it­ing http://kids.canadashis­tory.ca/Kids/YoungCi­ti­zens/Pro­files/2017/Brook­lynB

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Brook­lyn Bixby with her project, “Sam­son Bixby: My Blue Put­tee,” at the Cen­tral Re­gional Her­itage Fair.

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