Governor General’s History Awards to be Presented at Rideau Hall

January 11, 2019

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present teachers and other outstanding Canadians with the 2018 Governor General’s History Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Monday, January 28, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.

The Governor General’s History Awards recognize recipients’ efforts to further an interest in Canadian history and heritage, and honour exceptional achievements in five areas: teaching, museums, community programming, scholarly research and popular media.

The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching:

  • Eric Chassé - École internationale Lucille-Teasdale, Brossard, Quebec
  • Temma Frecker - The Booker School, Port Williams, Nova Scotia
  • Jean-François Gosselin - École Marcelle-Mallet, Lévis, Quebec
  • Lisl Gunderman and Maxine Hildebrandt - Wildwood School and Mother Earth's Children's Charter School, Alberta
  • Lisa Howell - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, Gatineau, Quebec
  • Paul Paterson - Westmount Secondary School, Hamilton, Ontario

The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!:

  • Footprints: A Walk Through Generations, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Oujé -Bougoumou, Quebec

The Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming:

  • Mon vélo raconte, Société d’histoire et de généalogie de Montréal-Nord et Artistes en arts visuels du Nord de Montréal, Montréal-Nord, Quebec
  • Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots Oral History Project, Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots, Edmonton, Alberta

The Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research (Sir John A. Macdonald Prize):

  • Elsbeth Heaman for her book Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867–1917, Montréal, Quebec

The Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (Pierre Berton Award):

  • Bill Waiser, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In addition, two national student awards and the Experiences Canada Award will be presented to the following individuals: 

Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge:

  • Jonathan Chassé, Gaspé, Quebec
  • Kaira Picard, Whitby, Ontario

Indigenous Arts & Stories:

  • Leah Baptiste, Brooks, Alberta
  • Jared Boechler, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Tehatsistahawi Kennedy, London, Ontario
  • Shelby Lisk, Belleville, Ontario

Experiences Canada Award:

  • Pat Watson - Girl Guides of Canada, Elgin, Ontario

About the Governor General’s History Awards
The Governor General’s History Awards were first established in 1996, by Canada’s History Society, to recognize excellence in teaching Canadian history. Today, in partnership with Canada’s leading national history organizations, including the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Museums Association, Historica Canada and Experiences Canada, Canada’s History Society recognizes the many different ways history is taught, communicated and celebrated by Canadians. For more information about these awards, visit


Media information

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

Mark Collin Reid
Canada’s History Society
204-988-9300 ext 218
204-509-1867 (cell)

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