My name is Lorenda Calvert and I am the regional coordinator for the Rivers to Sea Regional Fair hosted at the Burnaby Village Museum. The Rivers to Sea Regional Fair hosts students from Burnaby, New Westminster and Port Coquitlam. This year we are hosting our 13th annual Regional Fair.
My first introduction to Heritage Fairs was through my internship at the Richmond Museum about six years ago. I was absolutely blown away to discover that Heritage Fairs were a thing that happened. I have a degree in museum education and have always been passionate about history and had I know, as a young student, about the Fairs I would have been overjoyed to participate. I clearly remember doing a project for a science fair that our elementary school hosted and not really connecting to the content in any meaningful way.
As a regional coordinator – connecting with the students is my favourite part of the Fairs. There was a student at my first regional fair that I have always remembered. He did his project on Vimy Ridge and had made a replicate of the battle field. I was lucky enough to be his judge and when we came to his project he was standing on his tippy toes leaning as far forward as he could towards us as he literally vibrated with excitement while sharing what he had learned.
One of the challenges our Fair faces is a lack of students. Every year we have less and less students participating. This year, in hopes of encouraging more classrooms to participate, we presented at a district wide professional development day. The presentation went very well and we have a few new faces joining our fair this year.