For over 60 years the MSA has conducted school contests promoting salmon conservation, fun on the river, and the importance of a clean environment.
Bruno Bobak Memorial Art Contest
The MSA’s annual art contest has been renamed in honor of Bruno Bobak – one of Canada’s most important artists and avid salmon fisherman and supporter of the Miramichi.
The 2017 contest is open to all schools and students from kindergarten to grade 8 throughout the Miramichi River Valley. Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each grade level. One entry from all grade levels will be chosen as the overall winner, and that student’s school will receive a framed Bruno Bobak print. The contest submission deadline is 4pm on May 12th. The information for the art contest is available here.
We ask that the artwork be submitted on pieces of paper no smaller than 11.5″ x 17″. A PDF copy of the paper is available for you to print at your school if you wish, or if you do not have the appropriate size paper, you may contact MSA biologist Holly Labadie (622-4000 / email) with the number of sheets you need and they will be delivered to you.
MSA Printing, Handwriting, & Creative Writing Contest
The MSA’s annual printing, handwriting, & creative writing contest is also open to all students from kindergarten to grade 8 throughout the Miramichi River Valley. The printing and handwriting components of the contest challenges students to print or write the alphabet and a passage of text. The creative writing component gives students some freedom to write about an experience they have had on the river. The contest submission deadline is 4pm on May 12th. The information for the writing contest is available here.
The overall art contest winner for 2016 was Onika Gourdine-Mundell, a kindergarten student from Harkins Elementary School. Her submission was chosen by Bruno’s son, Alex Bobak, to receive the honour. Harkins Elementary received a framed Bruno Bobak print to display in their school. Two other students at Harkins also received awards in the art and writing contest. A full list of winners can be found at the bottom of this page. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries from all grades will be on display at the Doaktown Salmon Museum for the summer.
The following is an article posted by the Miramichi Leader on June 14th, 2016 by K. Bryannah James.
Three students from Harkins Elementary School were awarded for their creativity in front of staff and classmates after winning a local art and drawing contest. Kindergarten students Onika-Mundell, Ali MacIntosh and Abbie Galliah, Grade 1, participated in the Bruno Bobak Memorial Art and Drawing Contest by the Miramichi Salmon Association. Gourdine-Mundell won a framed Bruno Bobak print for the school because her drawing was the overall winner of all the Miramichi school contestants. Bobak was a famous Canadian artist and fisherman who supported the local association.
Gourdine-Mundell also won $20 for finishing first in her grade. The contest was open to students from kindergarten to Grade 8 in Miramichi schools and the top three winners from each grade level were given cash prizes. Gourdine-Mundell’s parents Crystal Gourdine and Jason Mundell were present to see her win the awards, which were presented to all the winners by Holly Labadie, a biologist with the Miramichi Salmon Association.
MacIntosh won two prizes, she finished first in printing and second in the art competition. Galliah won first place in the art competition for Grade 1.