Gambo student needs your vote
Brooklyn Bixby also set to follow in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s First World War footsteps
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
Brooklyn Bixby with her project, “Samson Bixby: My Blue Puttee,” at the Central Regional Heritage Fair.