Children of Defence Team members asked to design DM/CDS holiday card

2018 contest winner - Isabel Broadbent (Age 11): Military hospital and personnel spreading Christmas joy to children in Ukraine and delivering gifts. They are also helping decorate a Christmas tree. *** Gagnante du concours 2018 - Isabel Broadbent (11 ans) : L’hôpital militaire et le personnel répandent la joie de Noël aux enfants en Ukraine et livrent des cadeaux. Ils aident également à décorer un sapin de Noël.


Deputy Minister Jody Thomas and Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance are calling upon the children of Defence Team members to design their 2019 holiday greeting card.

The contest is open to children of our military and civilian Defence Team members aged 4 to 12. The task? Come up with some creative holiday artwork around the chosen theme, and follow the guidelines below to submit to the contest. The contest closes on November 20 and shortly thereafter, the DM and CDS will pick and announce a winning design.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All artwork must be completed on the template found here.
  • Artwork should be themed around “How our Defence Team members make a difference”, for example: our military performing search and rescue, or our scientists developing new and innovative ways to keep Canada safe.
  • There should be no text within the picture itself – all text is to be included in the Description section of the template.
  • Artwork will need to be submitted by the Defence Team member and include a description of the artwork (in the artist’s words), and include name and age of the child.
  • Artwork should be scanned at a high resolution and emailed to
  • By providing a submission, you are allowing for the reproduction and use of the artwork for the holiday greeting card and for use on the Defence Team intranet, The Maple Leaf, and on various social media platforms.
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