A Vancouver Island University student was one of the winners of this year’s Royal Canadian Legion poster and literary contest.
Emily-Ann Alyward, who hails from Ladysmith and studies art at VIU, won the black and white poster contest and won a trip to Ottawa to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies where she will be invited to place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. As well, her poster will be displayed for a year at the Canadian War Museum.
“It still hasn’t really hit me – it is a big thing but it just seems kind of out there. I haven’t registered it much in my mind,” she said, adding she is excited about the opportunity.
Her pencil-sketch poster shows diverse portraits of soldiers. “I am passionate about being more outspoken with my art and diversity is quite a big topic and it does need to be touched on more than it is,” she said.
She created the poster as part of an optional assignment when she attended Duncan Christian School.
She took art lessons at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery with her grandfather and took art classes in high school, which led her to study art in university.
The Legion has sponsored the poster and literary contest for more than 50 years.