Olivia Zeng was awarded first place nationally in the senior colour category of the 2016 Royal Canadian Legion Annual Remembrance Day Poster Contest. Entries were received from all over Canada. The original oil painting was exhibited at Parliament Hill and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Olivia and her father Xiangming Zeng, a renowned artist, were invited by the Royal Canadian Legion to Canada’s capital Ottawa where they met The Right Honourable David Johnston (28th Governor General of Canada) and his wife Sharon Johnston at Rideau Hall.
On November 11, 2016, Olivia represented the youth of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial. She followed the Governor General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, and other national leaders to honour Canadian men and women who have served or still serve the country, as well as those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
More details can be found in the 2016 Remembrance Day National Memorial Service on CBC News.
Lest We Forget
Olivia Zeng also won provincially in the senior black and white category of the Royal Canadian Legion's Annual Remembrance Day Poster Contest. Prints of this piece were sold at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133.
Olivia was honoured to receive congratulatory letters from the premier of British Columbia, the mayor of Ottawa, and thank you letters from British schools and veterans.