Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Island Youth Recognized Through Species at Risk Art Contest

Parks Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the PEI National Park Species at Risk Art Contest. Parks Canada received wonderful artwork for this contest from a number of students in Grade 4 to 6 and children aged 9 to 12 from across Prince Edward Island and thanks them all for their submissions.

“Through this contest, youth were invited to use the practice of art to explore how they, their community or their family could become stewards of species at risk in PEI National Park,” explained Janette Gallant, Outreach Education Officer.

The grand prize winner was Navanjana Siriwardane, a grade 6 student at Stratford Elementary who created an exceptional colour drawing of the Canada Warbler. “I chose the Canada Warbler because it is a beautiful bird, and it had Canada in its name,” said Navanjana.


Grand prize winner Navanjana Siriwardane (right) with Janette Gallant, Public Outreach Education Officer for Parks Canada.


The individual winners were: 1st place- Mariana Reyes Mejia, who incorporated several species at risk in an original colourful drawing (Rusty Blackbird, American Eel, Long-eared Bat, Common Nighthawk and the Piping Plover); 2nd place- Disen Pamunuwe Gedera, who created a beautiful colour drawing of the Yellow-breasted Chat, and; 3rd place- Maggie Costain, who represented the Piping Plover with art work and an insightful and touching poem. Mason Wolters received an honourable mention for an excellent drawing of the Piping Plover.


1st place: Mariana Reyes Mejia, who incorporated several species at risk in an original colourful drawing; 2nd place: Disen Pamunuwe Gedera, colour drawing of the Yellow-breasted Chat; 3rd place: Maggie Costain, who represented the Piping Plover with artwork and an insightful poem; and Mason Wolters received an honourable mention for an excellent drawing of the Piping Plover. (Clockwise from top left)


Parks Canada also awarded Ms. Leslie MacDonald’s class from Eliot River Elementary with the Class or Group Prize for their submission of very creative and artistic works. Ms. MacDonald’s class has received a special drawing class with artist Maurice Bernard to produce charcoal drawings of PEI National Park.

“Our class of grade four students were introduced to the importance of species at risk on Prince Edward Island and ways in which people can help lessen the impact on these species,” explained Ms. MacDonald. “They found it enjoyable to observe the different colours, shapes and sizes of the species at risk by looking at online photographs and videos to create their entries for the PEI National Park Species at Risk Art Contest!”

Artwork will be displayed at events and locations throughout PEI National Park and featured on the PEI National Park Facebook page.

For more information about the art contest winners and species at risk in PEI National Park please contact us at (902) 672-6350 or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.


Group prize winner: Ms. Leslie MacDonald’s class from Eliot River Elementary