The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country. The mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.
The Foundation carries out its mission by:
• spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;
• spreading awareness through distributing souvenir items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals;
• spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day;
• spreading awareness through planning events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017.
At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge nearly 100 years ago.
That’s why we develop education programs to send youth from across the country to visit battlegrounds and memorials in France and Belgium and why we are spearheading the building of the new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial in France.
Flight Path of Heroes – Charting a path to Vimy and and back!
Sound Venture Productions is proud to announce that Flight Path of Heroes, the third documentary being produced out of A Nation Soars-Commemorating Canada’s Great War Flyers is currently in production.
Narrated by Dan Aykroyd in English & Bernard Voyer in French, the documentary showcases the bravery of Canadian and British pilots who, in the face of insurmountable odds, persevered and helped stem the German tide in the air and on the ground in the First World War. As a modern day element, the documentary crew is following the patriotic and emotional journey of Vimy Flight, a commemorative squadron who will be flying their replica First World War biplanes over Vimy, France on April 9th, 2017 – the 100th anniversary of the famous battle that took place there.
Upon completion in France, the team of flyers will return to Canada and embark on a cross-Canada tour from East to West between May and October of this year. This will be highlighted with a two-week stop in Ottawa during the height of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and will include and a commemorative fly-past over Parliament on July first!
This biplane tour represents a central component of a larger public engagement and educational outreach initiative that further complements the Nation Soars/Flight Path of Heroes legacy.
Working closely with our educational partners (including The Vimy Foundation & EF/Educational Tours) the tour aims to “bring Vimy home”, and engender extensive participation and learning in communities across Canada. Our educational outreach & supporting tools will inform, engage and teach Canadians about the contribution our brave soldiers made at Vimy – and how this significant event directly contributed to who we are today as a Nation as Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial.
Since 2014, Sound Venture Productions has been leading A Nation Soars – Commemorating Canada’s First World War Flyers in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. We have worked in close alliance with the Vimy Flight pilots, who together with the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC have injected our project with incredible historical aviation knowledge, resources and the ability to build two replica Sopwith Pup biplanes with Air Cadets.
Tim Joyce, President of Sound Venture states:
“We are far beyond the project that was first envisaged several years ago. What is significant is that we now have the opportunity to be part of a much larger message that will resonate with Canadians from coast to coast.”
A Nation Soars and its third instalment Flight Path of Heroes is funded in part by Canadian Heritage and is being produced in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The documentary will be premiered on CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel in November 2017.
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The Vimy Foundation is leading the charge to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – the First World War battle that paved the way to an Allied victory, and solidified Canada as a sovereign nation. We are spearheading a featured project, together with the government of Canada: the design and construction of the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre in France, which will open on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.
The Vimy Foundation raises funds for its educational youth-oriented initiatives thanks to the generous contributions of private donors, corporate/municipal sponsors and participating schools, as well as Vimy Pilgrimage Medal and Vimy Pin sales. The Foundation actively seeks your support. Donors can receive a tax benefit, since the Foundation is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act. We are able to issue tax receipts for any donation over $10, and the federal government has eliminated capital gains tax when you donate publicly listed securities to official charities like the Vimy Foundation. Please contact us directly at 514.904.1007 if you are interested in discussing different options to help you achieve your philanthropic goals.