Stella Begic – Programs Manager
Since joining the Vimy Foundation in 2013, Stella has been committed to giving Canadian youth the opportunity to have life changing learning experiences. As the programs manager, it is her job to ensure students develop a greater understanding of our history and that they share this knowledge with their peers. Stella’s passion for Vimy began in university and today it is her aim to have as many students as possible see the Vimy monument in person and to be inspired by this enduring symbol of Canadian achievement.
Email Stella Begic: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Blake – Communications Coordinator
As the Vimy Foundation’s Communications Coordinator, Jennifer loves finding ways to share unique stories of the First World War with a wider audience, and oversees our website, media relations, and social media channels. With a background in social science and education communications in academia and in non-profit institutions, she specializes in making complex information clear and easy to find. As an undergrad student on exchange in France many years ago, she visited Vimy Ridge on Remembrance Day, and understands the power of seeing the site firsthand. Jennifer can’t wait to connect with you on the Foundation’s social media pages: on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!
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Stephanie Brousseau – Administrative Assistant
Stephanie joined the Foundation in 2015 after completing her Honours BA in history at the University of Ottawa. An Ottawa native, Stephanie grew up in the French Immersion system and took advantage of her bilingualism to work for both the National Capital Commission and Heritage Canada: at the Capital Information Kiosk she provided informal interpretation of Ottawa’s historic landmarks, including the National War Memorial. Her fascination with Canada’s role in the First World War led her to the Veterans Affairs student guide program, and she worked in France at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. Stephanie handles general inquiries, pin orders, project coordination and is the go to person for the requests that pop up in the office on a daily basis.
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Jeremy Diamond – Executive Director
A public historian for more than 20 years, Jeremy has developed unique Canadian history initiatives at organizations including the Historica-Dominion Institute, Hudson’s Bay Company and numerous museums, historic sites and archives. Jeremy visited Vimy the first time in 2011 and immediately thought about how he could help commemorate the battle’s Centennial in 2017. Our Executive Director since 2014, Jeremy was inspired by a high school history teacher to learn more about our stories and believes that in fact Canadian history is not ‘boring’.
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Laura Thurlow – Summer intern
Laura is a current Ryerson University Image Arts BFA student. She has recently returned to Toronto after a period of study at Edinburgh Napier University, and will be working for the Vimy Foundation this summer as part of the Young Canada Works program. Laura’s studies have focused primarily on the study of film, film history and 20th century history specific to both World Wars. Laura first became interested in the legacy and significance of Vimy Ridge after visiting the memorial in 2011. She has a keen interest in historical films and photography, as well as film and photographic preservations and archives.
Email Laura Thurlow: firstname.lastname@example.org.