DM/CDS holiday greeting card contest draws dozens of entries

Kaylee’s description of her artwork: Someone ice fishing saw the Canadian military helicopters and soldiers rescue all the people stranded by an avalanche and they even rescued the snowmen for the children’s Christmas.

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The Deputy Minister-Chief of the Defence Staff Holiday Greeting Card contest drew more than 100 participants. Members of the Defence Team submitted many wonderful drawings by their children, making for a colourful collection.

The winner was 9-year-old Kaylee McQuiggan, whose parents work at CFB Borden, Ont. Please browse the photo galleries to see the submissions.

Thanks to those who participated! Happy holidays!

Ages 4 to 6

Image gallery

  • Santa and his elf giving presents.
  • Three colourful planes and Santa above them with two reindeer.
  • Two people, houses and a Christmas tree.
  • A tree figure with a sad face; dark clouds above and snow flakes falling.
  • A figure wearing a big green hat with a pompom, and a green shirt with a red cross on it.
  • A submarine under water with a green periscope and a purple propeller, and a stick figure inside.
  • A pink stick figure with long arms.
  • A person with a hat gestures towards a girl standing across a fire.
  • A stick figure climbs on top of a house, a tree stands outside.
  • A snowman and a soldier in stick figures.
  • A Canadian warship on the water, Santa with two reindeer in the air, and the CN Tower and a Christmas tree on a piece of land.
  • A soldier, a decorated tree and presents.
  • A snowman and a Christmas tree with presents under it, with "Merry Christmas" written in the background.
  • Presents, snowflakes, a snowman and a reindeer.
  • A warship on the water and a helicopter hovering above.
  • Two reindeer attached with a line to a helicopter, and Santa hanging down another line from the helicopter.
  • A soldier aboard a ship on the water.
  • A soldier and a girl stand outside a house holding candy canes, while another girl stands atop a giant candy cane.
  • A Christmas tree, and colours and figures spread out over the drawing.
  • Santa, a decorated tree with presents under it, and a figure in a bunk bed.
  • A reindeer, a Christmas tree with presents under it, and a smiling Santa, with "Merry Christmas" written at the top.
  • A blue helicopter, a tree, and two people in stick figures.
  • A Christmas tree in a house; snow, birds, carrots and deer outside.
  • A snowman, a robot and a soldier in uniform.
  • A soldier with a backpack and an injured person lying on the ground.
  • Santa and a decorated tree with presents under it.
  • A snowman and a decorated tree.
  • Un soldat, un arbre de fêtes et un enfant avec des cadeaux.
  • A soldier with a Santa hat.
  • Green smiley face stamps.
  • A helicopter extends a line to two people on the ground.

Ages 7 to 9

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  • A plane dropping a present for someone waiting below next to a decorated tree.
  • A soldier in uniform next to a decorated tree and a fire.
  • Two soldiers in uniform beside a Christmas tree with presents under it. One says "Do you want to be my friend?" and the other responds "Sure!" in speech bubbles.
  • The site of a plane crash, with soldiers helping and Santa flying above with his sleigh.
  • SAR techs and a helicopter in the woods.
  • An Army helicopter carrying water to fight a forest fire.
  • A CAF helicopter flying above people waving, and two K9 dogs with Santa hats.
  • A decorated tree, Santa and a reindeer.
  • Two people in uniform offering medicine to a boy lying down in bed.
  • Four people in uniform standing under blue sunny skies.
  • A CAF helicopter pulled by reindeer.
  • A jet and sleigh above a girl, a penguin, a snowman and a decorated tree.
  • Two fighter jets flying on each side of Santa with his sleigh and reindeer.
  • Two people and presents next to a decorated tree and a fireplace.
  • A robot and two kids with presents next to a decorated tree.
  • A hockey arena, a crowd outside, and a soldier in uniform.
  • Santa and a soldier standing under a banner that reads Santa's day.
  • A sinking boat and a helicopter dropping a line to help.
  • Two soldiers carrying an injured person on a stretcher.
  • A Canadian flag above military vehicles and a soldier wearing the Red Cross, helping three people in civilian outfits.
  • Canadian flag and red hearts.
  • Santa on his sleigh pulled by a reindeer.
  • Six smiling children dressed up in holiday themed clothes.
  • A soldier in uniform, a decorated tree and a Canadian flag.
  • Decorated trees, presents, and two people holding a present.
  • A soldier in uniform and four children stand next to a Christmas tree with presents under it.
  • A person jumps off a ship to help another person in the water, while someone aboard the ship holds a line connected to a helicopter hovering above.
  • A SAR vehicle and two SAR personnel extend a line for someone stranded down a cliff.
  • Santa and his sleigh flies above a building with a satellite on top.
  • A decorated tree, presents and a snowman.
  • A soldier in uniform holds a shovel next to a snowman as snow falls.
  • A decorated tree, presents, Santa and a reindeer next to a colourful building.
  • A person jumps out of a helicopter into the water.
  • A soldier holds on to a line extended from a military helicopter for Santa and the elves on the ground.
  • A decorated tree, Santa, a military uniform hanging in the background and a table with cookies and milk.
  • A military helicopter decorated for the holidays, Santa hanging down from the aircraft.
  • A soldier stands between a cart full of packages and a decorated tree.
  • Two wrapped presents, a wreath and lights over a red and green striped background.
  • A tree and two presents under it.
  • A decorated tree with presents under it.
  • A Navy ship beside a group of people.
  • Someone in a Santa hat stands by a fireplace beside a decorated tree, as Santa's sleigh sits on the rooftop.
  • Two soldiers with two children and presents outside two blue houses.
  • A soldier in uniform next to a tank hands a piece of candy to a girl in front of a tree.
  • Santa placing gifts under the tree in front of a fire place.
  • A dog sits beside a Christmas tree and presents.
  • A person hangs lights on a tree while another person climbs up a ladder to place a star on top.
  • A snowman and a person in a green uniform wearing red hats with white pompoms.
  • A person on top of a decorated tree.
  • A helicopter hovers above a ship that is pulling up a turtle caught in a net.
  • A fighter jet, a warship, a cannon and a paratrooper wearing a Santa hat.
  • A RCAF helicopter above a boat with people calling for help.
  • People sitting at lab desks with scientific equipment.
  • A snowman next to a tree.
  • A human-shaped robot and a dog-shaped robot stand next to presents.
  • Santa flies above a barn, a snowman and decorated trees.
  • A green truck among trees.
  • A snowman holds a flower, standing next to presents over a background of hearts and snowflakes.
  • A soldier stands next to kids, handing them presents.
  • Children sit in front of a fireplace around a decorated tree, as Santa is seen outside the window.
  • A flower and a decorated tree beside a fireplace, with a hovering kissing emoticon wearing a Santa hat.
  • The drawing reads War is bad, Love is good, We make the world a better place, hold hands and love!
  • Santa standing next to a Christmas tree with a star on top.
  • A tree.
  • A soldier in uniform stands in front of a tree beside a fire place.
  • A snowman, a decorated tree, a heart, presents and a candy cane.
  • A giant heart and colourful decorations.
  • A reindeer wearing a colourful scarf.
  • A fighter jet followed by Santa and his sleigh flying over holiday decorations.

Ages 10 to 12

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  • Two men standing in front of a decorated house with trees and lights, next to a snowman.
  • A man swings down a helicopter towards another person waiting on the ground.
  • A snowman next to a decorated tree with presents under it.
  • The CAF crest, and a fighter jet, a helicopter, a tank and a war ship on four corners.
  • Santa and elves around a decorated tree in the snow, using a variety of military equipment.
  • Santa and his sled being pulled by a fighter jet.
  • Kids lined up to get their presents from under the tree.
  • Two soldiers in uniform, a decorated tree and presents.
  • Santa's sleigh and reindeer under the Support Our Troops ribbon and the Canadian flag.
  • A soldier in uniform standing next to a decorated tree.
  • Santa is stuck in the chimney and two helicopters come to his help, with one sending down a SAR tech for the rescue.
  • Four frames depicting soldiers in uniform during the holidays.
  • Two hands reaching for each other on a background of snowmen.
  • A tree ornament decorated with a ship, a helicopter, and people with backpacks standing next to tents.
  • Ornaments hanging down strings that read "love", "peace", "joy", "Canadian Forces", "giving", "brave" and "loyal".
  • Santa, the Minister of National Defence and a woman in uniform standing next to a decorated tree with presents under it, beside a Canadian flag on a pole.
  • A Santa version of a Canadian flag, Christmas trees on four corners, and loons above and below the flag.
  • Santa looking out the door of a red brick house with a tree, a candy cane and a present outside.
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