Children’s Education Management (CEM) is celebrating 70 years of support to the educational needs of children of Canadian Armed Forces families. Established in 1947, CEM strives to ensure that children’s education, which is provided without charge in Canada, is consistent when families are posted to one of over 250 locations outside Canada. To that end, CEM has overseen two Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Overseas Schools: AFNorth (Brunssum, The Netherlands) and SHAPE (Casteau, Belgium), for the past fifty years. Interestingly, these schools welcome over 200 students each year.
This past fall, students at both schools were challenged to design a fresh new CAF Overseas School logo to replace the one that was created more than 50 years ago. The challenge was to create a logo that represented the CAF, its overseas schools and its students. Students studied the principles of effective design to try to encapsulate what CAF overseas schools represent for Canadian military families. As one student participant noted, “It’s not every day that an important organization asks for your help to design its new logo.”
Over 80 entries were received from students from grade 1 through grade 12. With all the creative submissions from students, the daunting task to select 10 finalists out of the entries took a number of weeks as each entry was examined by CEM staff. The finalists were judged by the principals of both SHAPE and AFNorth, Military Family Services’ Communications staff members, CEM staff members, the Director of CEM, Marc Bélanger, and Colonel Dan Harris, Director of Military Family Services.
The winner of the logo contest is Leika Donatas, a grade 12 student from AFNorth. Other runner-up winners included Isabelle Petrik (grade 2, SHAPE), Ezgi Kupcuk (grade 7, AFNorth) and Adisson Budden (grade 3, SHAPE).
Ceremonies were held at AFNorth and SHAPE in early February to recognize the creativity and contributions of each student who participated in the contest. Each finalist received a certificate of appreciation from CEM. Leika received an Apple iPad donated by the local CANEX as the first prize. Carl Towning from CANEX, Marc Bélanger, Director of CEM, Erich Remisch, Principal at AFNORTH International School, Canadian Section and Kathy Kay, Principal at SHAPE were in attendance at the respective ceremonies. Each runner-up received a mug and a special cookie from MFS.
The winning logo was re-imaged by a CFMWS graphic artist for use in CEM and school communications, including letterhead, cards and banners. It included a book with hands growing out of it, in the image of a tree, and small maple leaves.
CAF Overseas Schools continue to support students whose parents are posted overseas to Casteau, Belgium, Geilenkirchen, Germany, and Brunssum, The Netherlands. AFNorth offers Ontario curriculum from grades 1 – 12 (English program with French courses), and SHAPE offers Ontario curriculum from grades 1 – 8 (English and French programs). Teachers are hired from Canada each year to staff the schools.
If you have any questions about Children’s Education Management, visit us at www.CAFconnection.ca
, under “Education and Training”.
Photo credit: MCpl Jeffery Ambata
Carl Towning from CANEX is pleased to present an iPad to winning student, Leika Donatas, while AFNorth Director, Dr. Uwe Bettscheider looks on.
Photo credit: Paul Briggs
Contest finalists show off their winning submissions.