Thorn­hill artist wins chance to meet Queen

Sonja Csik’s Remembranc­e Day draw­ing took on thou­sands of in­ter­na­tional en­tries

Richmond Hill Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

On Nov. 7, Thorn­hill’s Sonja Csik is headed to Buck­ing­ham Palace to meet Her Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth II af­ter win­ning a Remembranc­e Day poster con­test.

Af­ter win­ning at the lo­cal, pro­vin­cial and na­tional level of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Na­tional Poster Con­test, the 11-year-old stu­dent at St. Michael’s Academy fin­ished in sec­ond place in the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion se­cur­ing the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Eng­land with her mother to meet the Queen.

“I al­ways saw the Roy­als on TV, and I al­ways wanted to be like them,” said Sonja. “And now I get to meet the Queen!”

Her poster will also be dis­played on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa for the next year.

Her Lest We For­get poster por­trays pop­pies that are with­er­ing, turn­ing black and fall­ing to the ground, a beau­ti­ful re­minder of the im­por­tance of re­mem­ber­ing those that fought for free­dom.

“It’s an im­por­tant day that shouldn’t be for­got­ten,” said Sonja, “like, be­cause Remembranc­e Day is re­ally im­por­tant to me be­cause the sol­diers died for us so that we could have a good life,” she said.

She is the only bud­ding artist from Canada who will make the trip to Eng­land courtesy of the com­pe­ti­tion. “We were very sur­prised,” Sonja’s proud mother Timea ex­plained. “Her art is dis­played in the [Cana­dian] War Mu­seum.”

Her poster was cho­sen as the sec­ond best from more than 1,000 en­tries from 47 coun­tries around the world. She re­ceived $2,000 to cover her travel ex­penses, as well.

Sonja said she has been draw­ing since she was around six years old and wasn’t sure how she would fare in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause a lot of her class­mates at her arts school were also en­ter­ing.

“I felt re­ally ner­vous,” she said. “There are a lot of good artists at my school who were en­ter­ing, so I didn’t re­ally know.”

Sonja is sched­uled to travel to Eng­land this month and meet the Queen at a spe­cial awards pre­sen­ta­tion.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited,” she said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Buck­ing­ham Palace and rid­ing a tour bus.”

I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Buck­ing­ham Palace and rid­ing a tour bus.”

Sonja Csik (cen­tre) wins a Remembranc­e day poster con­test with her draw­ing of pop­pies

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