The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park will be on 4 acres of land adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in Northern France. It will feature 100 Centennial Trees dedicated to Canadians. Each tree will be a descendant of a ‘Vimy Oak’ acorn which fell from a European Oak during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and was subsequently planted in Scarborough, ON.
Each Centennial Tree is available for purchase by the public for $10,000 and will feature the donor’s name on the Centennial Park plaque. Proceeds will support Vimy 2017 centennial activities and education programs of the Vimy Foundation.
The design and setting of the Vimy Centennial Park will complement the surrounding area and be a reflective and emotional element of the site. Recognition will be on the Centennial Park plaque.
After the Vimy battle was won, many soldiers realized that they had been part of something truly great. Leslie Miller looked around for a souvenir on the Ridge, which was completely devoid of structures or vegetation due to shell fire but he did find a half buried oak tree. He gathered up a handful of acorns. Those acorns were subsequently planted by him on farm land which is now home to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. He called his farm the ‘Vimy Oaks Farm’. Today, several of the original oaks survive. However, there are no original oaks on the Vimy Ridge site.
- Amelia & Lino Saputo Jr. Foundation
- David Bain
- The Boquist Family
- The Burton Family in memory of Graham Burton
- The Cadets of the Eastern Arctic. Thank you for your Gift of Freedom.
- Graham Campbell & Rachel St. John
- Joseph L. Campbell and Joan Miller-Campbell
- A.Coburn & D.Auringer families in memory of Thomas Wilson, 196th Battalion CEF
- Costigan family, in memory of John Francis Costigan, died at Vimy Ridge April 4th 1917. Canada
- The Croxon Family
- In Memory of General Sir Arthur Currie
- The Dalglish Family
- Donnelly Automotive Group, Ottawa
- Robert C. Douglas and Joanne R. Sutherland in Honour of James R. Sutherland Sr. 44th Bn(Manitoba)
- Robert Francis
- The Fraser Family in memory of Frederick Thomas Lodge & John (Jack) Fraser
- Matt and Erin Giffen & Family
- The Glover Family honours Sergeant Winfred (Fred) Alexander Glover, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry
- Ian & Christie Gray Family, Port Credit Ontario
- Ken and Dianne Griffith & Family
- In memory of Capt Frank Edgar Hamblin, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles
- Hamilton Academy of Medicine in support of Docs on Ice
- Ainslie Hogan and sons
- For Brave Valentine, with Love The Hyatt Family
- Industrial Alliance
- Fred Jaques, In loving memory of Lieutenant Maurice Alexander Jaques, lost Sept 3, 1916
- The Kelleher Family in memory of Dr. W.R. Harwood
- The Kelsall Family In honour of Corporal Samuel Lester Kelsall 58th Battalion 9th MGC 3rd Division
- Nancy MacKellar
- We will not break faith, nous nous souviendrons. Fergus, Molly & Racheal McCaig
- The McCook, Leger, and Styner Family
- Mr. & Mrs. S. Mehta, Mississauga, ON, in memory of our beloved servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Requiescat in pace.
- The Mews Family in memory of Lieutenant Henry (Harry) George Reginald Mews
- Mike Stollery Automotive Partnerships in honour of Private G. R. Mowforth
- The Men and Women of Operation Guardian Force who care for and Remember our Veterans
- The Knights and Dames of the Order of St. George Canada. We Will Remember You.
- Randy & Carolyn Peek & Family
- Pembcorp Automotive Group
- In memory of soldiers of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry who paid the supreme sacrifice 9-12 April 1917
- In memory of Andrew Powell
- Robert Quartermain
- The Ritz & Hunt families in memory of Pte Harry Franklin Ritz (78th Bn)
- Honour – Courage – Sacrifice / Royal Canadian Navy
- The Shanahan Carriage Company in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Chipman, MC, VD
- TAO Asset Management
- Irene Topits
- The Vickers Family in memory of Gunner Arthur Vickers and Private Arthur Fordham
- Courage Remembered – In loving memory of G. Kingsley Ward and Adele E. Ward
- The Wood Family in memory of Flight Lieutenant John Harvie Wiley
- The Wyant Family in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon M. Wyant, OC, CD, QHP
To purchase a Centennial Tree and support the Vimy Foundation’s Vimy 2017 centennial programs, please contact Jeremy Diamond, Vimy Foundation Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.595.1917 x 1.