Meet our Staff

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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: sbegic@vimyfoundation.ca.

 

Nadine Grill – Communications Manager

As the Vimy Foundation’s Communications Manager, Nadine 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 International Relations and communications, she specializes in making complex information clear and easy to find.  Nadine can’t wait to connect with you on the Foundation’s social media pages: on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Email Nadine Grill: ngrill@vimyfoundation.ca.

 

 

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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 Heritage Canada where 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 where she worked in France at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial for four months. Stephanie will be leading on the coordination of some of the Foundation’s newest projects including The First World War in Colour and Vimy 100 in the Classroom.

Email Stephanie Brousseau: sbrousseau@vimyfoundation.ca.

 

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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’.

Email Jeremy Diamond: jdiamond@vimyfoundation.ca.

 

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Caroline Ross, Administrative Assistant

Building on an Honours BA in History from the University of Toronto and professional experience with heritage organizations in Ottawa, Caroline joined the Vimy Foundation in 2017. An avid traveller and a member of a military family, Caroline has visited Vimy twice, and has toured numerous other First and Second World War battlefields in Europe and around the world. She is looking forward to working with the Foundation in this milestone year, and beyond; she will be handling general inquiries, processing merchandise orders, and providing other administrative duties for the office.

Email Caroline Ross: cross@vimyfoundation.ca.

 

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Jordan has joined the Foundation in 2017 as part of a Field Placement for his schooling in the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College. Jordan enjoys all topics of history, but is particularly interested in Canadian military history and has been involved in a number of war remembrance initiatives. He intends to put his Museum Studies experiences into practice by helping to educate the public about Canada’s involvement in the World Wars. Jordan is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours BA in Criminology and a Minor in History, and a future graduate of Algonquin College in April 2017.

Email Jordan Slump: jslump@vimyfoundation.ca.

Boards

Board of Directors

The Vimy Foundation is very fortunate to have dedicated men and women who have devoted their time and efforts to furthering the Foundation’s goals. They each bring an impressive slate of experience and skills to oversee the management and the major policy decision-making of the organization.

Patrons

  • Bruce Bolton
  • Stuart Iversen
  • Reford Macdougall
  • Dean Oliver
  • Vincent Prager
  • William Stavert

 

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

  • John Clemes
  • Juanita Epp
  • Michael Fortmann
  • Shaun Francis
  • Stanley Hartt
  • Ralph Lean
  • Jonathan Leigh
  • Art Linton
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve
  • The Honourable Michael A. Meighen
  • Desmond Morton
  • Julian Smith