DM/CDS holiday greeting card contest now open

DM and CDS's holiday card contest
DM and CDS's holiday card contest


Deputy Minister Jody Thomas and Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance have launched a contest for the design of their holiday greeting card this year.

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 24th and shortly thereafter, Ms. Thomas and Gen Vance will pick and announce a winning design.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All artwork should 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.
  • 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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