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Deadline Extended for Col. Chris Hadfield Essay Contest

October 9, 2014

Six-day space-camp prize up for grabs; Island students have until Monday, October 20

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Confederation Centre of the Arts has extended the deadline for the Colonel Chris Hadfield Event Essay Contest. Col. Hadfield is touching down in Charlottetown, spending the day at the Centre on October 30 as part of the Out of This World with Colonel Chris Hadfield event. At 1 p.m. Col. Hadfield will present a keynote speech in the Homburg Theatre followed by a question and answer session. An evening VIP reception will allow for a more personal interaction with this Canadian space-age celebrity.

Island students age 9 to 15 (as of August 15, 2015) have until Monday, October 20 at 11:59 p.m. to submit an original essay or video on ‘How Colonel Hadfield has inspired your pride and sense of being Canadian.' Student submissions will be grouped in categories; age 9 to 12 and age 13 to 15 (as of August 15, 2015). Each category will have one grand prize winner who will receive a six day space camp trip at the Cosmodome in Laval, Quebec. Select contest entrants will be invited to an exclusive meet and greet with Col. Hadfield at the Mack on October 30 at 11 a.m. where the winners will be announced.

Students age 9 to 12 (as of August 15, 2015) years are invited to submit an original essay of 350 to 500 words or a creative video (MP4 or AVI) between 1 to 3 minutes. Students age 13 to 15 (as of August 15, 2015) are invited to submit an original essay of 500 to 750 words or a video between 2 to 5 minutes. All contest entrants must submit a registration form. All submissions must answer the following questions: ‘How has Colonel Hadfield inspired you?', ‘How has Colonel Hadfield made you proud to be Canadian?' and ‘How has Colonel Hadfield influenced you?' Students may use reference materials such as Col. Hadfield's book An Astronaut's Guide to Life as well as content from his Twitter feed: @cmdr_hadfield.

Registration forms and additional information is available at Students must submit their essays or videos to

Appreciation is extended to the sponsors of Out of this World with Colonel Chris Hadfield: the P.E.I. Potato Board and Grant Thornton LLP for the keynote lecture, Purity Dairy for the student reception, Honibe, Cox & Palmer, and Grant Thornton LLP for the VIP reception, and to the Cosmodome for the essay contest prize.


Image Cutline: Canadian icon Colonel Chris Hadfield will deliver a keynote address and spend the day at Confederation Centre of the Arts on October 30, 2014 (Demetri Lovetsky courtesy of NASA.)

Media contact:
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
T: 902.628.6135 (office)
E: | Twitter: @confedcentre

Confederation Centre of the Arts is Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Home to a national art gallery and The Charlottetown Festival, this living memorial is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and continues to present the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts, heritage programming, and arts education.