Vimy 100


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 an independent nation. Please check out how you can get involved by attending events in your community, giving a VIMY for Vimy, and see the latest plans for the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre, opened on April 8, 2017.


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In 2017, Canada is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a seminal event in Canada’s history. The crowning achievement of the Centennial celebrations was the unveiling of the state-of-the-art Vimy Visitor Education Centre ($5 million was committed by the Government of Canada in 2013) near the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France – a project from Vimy Foundation in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada.

While the Vimy monument itself is of course stunningly beautiful, currently visitors are given little context at the existing information booth as to why Canadians fought and died there; why Vimy remains special to the Canadian soul; and how Vimy, and other First World War battles at which Canadians fought, forever altered Canada’s status on the world stage. The Vimy Visitor Education Centre will answer these questions. The Centre will feature an Education Room, Museum Hall, Exhibit spaces, Resource Centre, and a Wall of Remembrance.

To commemorate the Vimy centennial, we are also offering dedication opportunities within the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, see more information below.

A number of key Canadians have lent their support to this important project, becoming part of the Vimy 2017 Committee, including current and former heads of state, federal and provincial politicians, military leaders, and supporters from the business, arts, academic, and philanthropic communities in Canada.

Contact Jeremy Diamond, Vimy Foundation Executive Director, to discuss ways you can get involved!

Centennial Park

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.

The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park will be on 4 acres of land adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site.
The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park will be on 4 acres of land adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site.


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.

Vimy Oaks

Click here to watch a news segment on the Vimy Oak story with City News reporter Audra Brown, and click here for the video update. For additional photos of the Vimy Oaks, please click here.

Centennial Trees

  • Amelia & Lino Saputo Jr. Foundation
  • Assurant
  • 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

Download the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park Sponsorship Opportunities.

To purchase a Centennial Tree and support the Vimy Foundation’s Vimy 2017 centennial programs, please contact Jeremy Diamond, Vimy Foundation Executive Director, at or 416.595.1917 x 1.


Vimy Donors

Thank you to all who have made donations through our ‘Give a Vimy for Vimy’ initiative. These donations support our 2017 Centennial activities.


Harry Wylie Abel
Peter Abrams
Joseph Russell Albert
Charles Alderson
Caroline Alexander
Nicholas Alexandris
Alfred and Herbert
All the Canadians.
Ralph E. Allen
Walter S. Allward
David Altwasser
Ameri-Can Machinery Ltd.
C.J. Amm
J.J. Amm
John James Amm
Archibald Annan
Anne & Will
Robert Appleton
Ambrose Archer
Percy Argyle, #198747
Amy Armstrong
Hailey Armstrong
Paul Armstrong
Sereda Ashcroff
Tokoure Assoumative
Pauline M Atkinson
Christianne Audet
Nursing sister Esthaol Bagshaw
Charles Roy Bailey
Mercedes Baker
Ryan D.C. Baker
Warren Bard
Tom Barlow
In Memory of Lance Corporal Ronald Barlow
Shane Barnes
John Barnes
Steven Barre
Paul Bates
Ken Battersby
Rob Baxter
Mary C. Beaussart
Benjamin Beedling
Christopher Beetham
Mike Behuniak
Michael Belec
Joe Belfontaine
Karen Bell
Mr. Donald L Berard
Scott Biggs
William Birchall
Geoffrey Bird
R Ian Birtwell
Gwen Bishop
Harold Fletcher Bishop
Norval R Blair
Henry Edward Blake
PO2 Craig Blake
Douglas K Blakeley RCNVR
Charlie Blakey
Marie Blanchard
Gail E Blondon
Barry Bloomfield
Michael Blythe EXP
William Boath
In memoriam to Private Russell John Boland
Joe Borges
Dr and Mrs D Bouchard
Lars & Rene Bouman
Hillery Bourne
Charlotte Bouskill
Pvt. Charles Edward Bowman 127648 Canadian Cemetery No. 2
Colin Boyd
Hugh Boyd 85th NS Highlanders
Jon Bradley
Brave Canadians
Caroline Bredeson
Edward Gordon Bresnahan
Tom Bridel, soldier at Vimy
Fred Bridel, soldier at Vimy
Dawson Bridges
Mr. R. Mark Brigham
Merl Brown
Yvonne Brown
L/Cpl John Howard Brown
Tracy Bryce
John Bucsi
John David Burnes
Morley Burton
Sydney Burton
Jack W.B. Butler
Peter M Butler
Jeff Bycraft
David Cadoret
In memory of William Thompson Calderwood
Brenden Caldwell
Thomas Caldwell
Tom & Jane Callen
LCol Tom Callen,CD, RC Sigs (Ret’d)
Gordon J Campbell
Ronald Campbell
John Campion and Jean Cumming
John C Cannon
Byzantine Imperial House of Cantacuzéne
Stacey Cardiff 908137
Brett W.J. Carr
Agostino Cassar
Daniel Cassar
Grace Cassar
Ted Catton
Jim Cavin
Marcia Cavin
Sara N Cecile
Joseph Cesnik
Hylda Chambers
Leonard Chan
Elliot Chaplin
Julye Johanne Charlebois
Joel Robert Denis Charlebois
Bev Chettleborough
Clement W.Y. Cheung
Robert  Chevalier
Ian Christensen
Charles Chu
Barbara Clancy
Barbara M Clancy
Reg H Clancy
Susan Clancy
Pte EG Clarke
Lisa Cameron Clarke
Greg Clarke
Orrin M. Clayton
Paul Clinton
Doug & Joan Clute
Doug Clute
John & Jill Coles
Jeff & Sherrie Coles Family
John Coltart
Laura Comin
Brian J Connor
Amelia I. Cook
John H. Cook
Cathy Cooper
Cecil Cooper
Craig Corbett
George W. Cost
Cliff j Cowan
Justine Cowitz
Thomas Crawford
Philip Creates
Sydney Creates
Doug Cronin
Edward Thomas Crothers
Margot Cudmore
William G Cunningham
Glen Cyca
David Czuczman
Johanna & Mike Dabrowski Family
Stephen Dame
James Dare
Brigitte d’Auzac
Beth Dea
Earl Dear
Matthieu Debost
Arnaud De Block
Mary Jane Decloux
F.C. DeCoste
Thomas Deeks
Chris De Guerre
Fred Craig Derry
Marc Despatie
Gary M Diamond
Jeremy Diamond
Michelle Diamond
Arthur Dickinson
Richard Dishan
John Dixon
Gregory D. Doell
Alix & Patrick Doherly
Sgt. Andrew Doiron
Murray G Douglas
Ralph Douglas
Caroline Downes
Gord & Vicki Drimmie
Gord  Drimmie and Family
Richard R Duffield
Colin Duffy
Jim Duholke
Frank Dunlap
Norma Dwyer
Shirley Dyer
Gladstone Burwash Earl
Hiram Arnold Earl
Malcolm Eaton
Stuart Eby
David Edgar
Merv Edinger
Laura Elash
David Elloway
Sgt. J.M. Elo CD
Gary Endicott
Sandra M Ens
Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans
Pamela Eveleigh
Carol Eyre
In Memory of Carol Eyre
Ian Fachie
Michael Fahey
Colin Federow
Robert Fenech
Robert Gerald Fenech
Tim Fenton
Lyle Ferryman
David and Nicola Finch
David a Fisch
Jeffrey Fisher
Noelle Fisher
Gary Fishlock
Graham Flack
Peter Flattery
Alexandra F Fokine
Komstantin Fokins
Frederic, Violet, Lottie and Helen
Jordan Robert Fraser
Sean Fraser
James I Freeman
Bob French
Brad Friesen
Wendy Friesen
Dudley Bertram Fryer (Vimy Ridge Veteran)
Lawrence Fuaco
Keary Brooks Galley, 2nd Cdn Division
Susan L. Gardener
Lorraine Garneau
Paul Gibbens
John Gildner
Harry Giles
Garth Gilligan
Greg Godbeer
Charles Godwin
David B Godwin
Gerald I. Goldlist
Megan Goodwin
HV Gore (Victor)
Sherrill Graham
Colin Graham
David Green
Colby Gulka
Lillian Hafford
Vimy Veteran Francis Green
Kurt Hahn
Spencer Halickman
William Hall
Donald C Hallam
Sandra and Steve Halpenny
Captain Edwin Harewood
W. Peter H. Harding
F/Lt Basil J. Harford RCAF
Pte.Basil Harford, 27th Batt. CEF
Emelia Harker
Jay Harker
Natalie Harker
Valerie Harker
David R. Harkness
Martin R Harman
Rhonda and Darrell Hartman
Stanley Hartt
Anna Haycock
Frederick Hayes
Martha Healey
George Alexander Hayes
Robert N Heath
Thomas Hedges and Family
Kathleen M. Henderon
Barbara W. Henderson
Elise M. Henderson
Judy R. Henderson
Kevin D. Henderson
Melvin S. Henderson
Robert Henderson
Ronald L. Henderson
Ross L. Henderson
Thomas J. Henderson
Curt Hering
Kirsten Hering
Darrell Heron
Julia Roberts-Heron
Janis Higgins
Christopher Hilkene
Harry Hill
Susan Hill
Bruce Hilton
Twylla Hodgins
Michael Horn
Gordon Horne
Wilfred Horne
David I Houghton
Tommy Houghton
Ken House
Frances Howe
Kristin Howe
Matthew Howe
Norman Howe
Kevin Hronek
York Hsiang
The Huddleston’s
Janet Hudgins
Arthur Hughes
Rhoda Marjory Hughes
Arthur Huston
Ralph Hutton
Dennis Hutton
In memory of the brave young soldiers who laid down their lives for our freedom.
Derek Irons
Gary Jacombs
Betty D. James
Henry Janzen
Holly Jarand
Neil & Rita Jeffrey
Bodil Eve Jensen
Eric Jensen
Robin & Trudy Jensen
Robert Ambrose Jensen
Curtis Jerrom
Warren Jerrom
Memoriam – Leonard Eldridge Jerrom – 44th Battalion
Lorne Jessop
Ernie R Johnson
PVT Albin Solman Johnson 5th Btn
William George Washington Johnston
William Henderson Johnston
Wilf Johnston
Hopkins Jones
Jennifer Jones
Edwin Kamps
Tass J. Kanakos
Michael S Kaplan
C. Karolewski
T. Karolewski
Dr. Edward Katz
John Keating
Will Kee
Sean Keenan
Grant A Kehrli
James Kelly
Brian Kelly
Robert Kennedy
Linda Kennedy
Regimental Sergeant Major Stephen Kern, CD
Robert Kerr
Terry Kerr
Harry Kersbergen
Joe Keyes
Al Kirton
Murray Kissick
Lara Kleinschroth
Robert Knapp
Shirley M Knapp
David L. Knight
Edwin Knox
Michael Krawchuk
Stephanie Kribs
Lynne Kurylo
Lynn Kustra
Lynn M Kustra
Akash Kygo
Roger Lace
Stu Lach
Margaret Lacoste
Mario Lalletti
Alain S. Lalonde
Gail E. Lalonde
Richard Paul Lamy
Pte. Walter F. Lang 190103
John Langstaff (Vernon BC)
William Larocque
Walter Larocque
George V. Laughton
Richard V Laughton
André et Marie Laurendeau
Debra J Laurie
Jeremy K. Lavoie
Wayne K Lawrence
Bill Lawson
Patricia Lawson
Leslie David Laxton
David Lebert
Emily Lee
Evered James Lee
Anne Leith
Raynald H Lemelin
James V Leroux
Linda Levstein
Jordan Lewans
Gary Ley
Robert Lilja
Chris & Diane Lindstrom
Cpl. Robert Lipton
David Lipton
Harold Livingstone
Jim Livingstone
Robert Livingstone
Steele Livingstone
Fonda B Loft
Wellington Loney
Beverley Lough
Leona C Love
R. Alex Loy
Robert A. Loy
Peter Lubke, CPA, CMA, CGA
Mike Lunny
Pete & Marianne Lupiano Family
Joe, Debbie, Maddie, Patrick & Allison Lynch
Robert B Mac Donald
Beth MacDonell
David MacDougall
Megan Mackinnon (for Kathleen)
Darlene MacLean
Rose Marie Maclennan
John MacNeil
Guy Maillet
Tim Majovsky
Susan Mallinson
George Richard Mansell
François Marquette
Diane Marcotte
Toni Marion
Paul T Markham
Dwayne Marlowe
Janice Marshall
George Marshall and Andrew Allan
John Martens
Julia Martens
Peter Martinek
Robert Massie
Brian Matthews
Julie Matthews
Carol Matthews
Jennifer Matthews
Jacqueline Matthews
William Maxwell
Captain James May
John G. McCarten
Mr Kevin McCarthy
Howard McCartney
Robert David McChesney
Douglas and Betty-Lou McChesney
Janice McCurdie
Jerry McDonnell
Rob McFarlane
Stephen McGowan
Ruth McIntosh
Aileen McIntosh
Donald Sutherland McKellar
John McKibbon
John Edward McKinney
Jim McKinnon
Cindy McKinnon
William McLean
Jock McLeary
Christina McNeil
William ‘Jock’ McNeil
John McNeill
Gail McPhail
Michael Meighan
John A. Melvin
Sophie Méthot
Col. (Ret.) W. Allan Methven
John Middleton
Sgt. Hugh Millar
Frederick Bertram Milley
Harold Mills
Thomas Milway
Ken Miner
Gary Miner
Howard F. Mitchell
Jon Mitchell
Wayne Gordon Mitchell
Marco “Mike” Montagano, Grandfather
Geray Moore
Kathleen Moore
Barbara Morgan
Harvey L Morrison
Kelly Morrison
Ernie E Mowat
John Muir
Alfred Joseph Muise
Burton Murchie
John Scott Murray
George M. Myatte
Kenneth Naisbitt
Elizabeth Naumovski
Allan Naylor
Charlie Nesbitt
Luella A.R. Neurauter
Milton G. Neurauter
May Newman
Fred Nichol
Nienhuis Family
In memoriam Mr. John Dudley Noble WWII – RAF
Julie Normandeau
Leacy O’Brien
Michael O’Keefe
Steven and Barbara Oliver
Marie Olney (daughter of Andrew Olney WWII veteran))
Bob O’Neil
Terence John O’Neill
William J. Orr
Our Grandfathers
Captain David Owen
Robert D M Owen
Brett Padget
Andrea Page
Daniel Parenteau
Zachary J Parrott
In memory of John Parry – C.F.A. – 19th btry
Scott Parsons
Robert Paterson
Silvano Patrignani
Renton H Patterson
Robert (Bob) Pearson
Jean G. Pedersen
George Alfred Perkins
Raymond Perkins
William Perks
Jack Perrow
Al Petrie
Curtis Petrie
Len Pettman
Dion Petz
Gordon C Peverill
Robert W. Pfister
Christopher Phillips
Elizabeth Phillipson
Neil Pirhonen
Barbara Pittman
Edward Pittman
Nettie Belle Plaza
June Plemel
Randy Plemel
F/S Cyrille E. Poissant
William Polzin
Great Uncle Charlie- Charles Thomas Porter
William G. Portman
Shane Potvin
Andrew Powell
Lynne Prendergast
Grandfather J. Percy Prestwich, Veteran
In memory of Charles Price, who was there
Ashley Prouse
Qi Dai Family
Natalie Quinn
Ronald Quinn
Brian Rainville
Barry Ralph
Rubeta Ralph
Charles & Cara Ramsey
Major W. A. Randall
Paul Raphael
John H W Rathwell
James Rattray
Gordon Rea
In memory of Charles Reaper
Connie Reiber
Paul Reiber
Jennifer Reveler
Ronald Rice
Charles A Richardson
Edna Richardson
Irving Riley
McKeddie Robert
Martin H Robinson
James Robson
Lance Corporal Peter Robson
Lance Cpl.Peter Robson
PTE James Robson ww 1
Lynn Robson-Brick
Jerzy Romaniec
Arden and Nicola Rosaasen
Kurt Rosentreter
Morgan Cameron Ross
Michel M Rouleau
John Rowley
Thelma Rowsell
Claude Roy
Brian E Rudolph
Ted Rumble
Thomas T. Rusnov
Fran Ariel Russell
Peter E Rutherford
Angela M Ryan
Noel Ryan
Sandy Ryan E.D.
Liam Ryan
Kristen Sage
Peter M Sanderson
Sangiuliano Family
Louis Sapi
Douglas J. Sapsford
Laurent Saucier
Patrice Saucier
Connie Sboch
Jerome Schafer
Joan Schafer
Liz Schroeder
George W Scott
John R. Scott
Russell Scott
The Scott Family
R. Craig Searle
BGen (Ret’d) James Selbie
Eric Senos Jr
John & Grace Shaddick
Christopher Shannon
Emily Shaw
Thomas Shaw
Carita Sheehy
Ken Shelbourn
Mervyn C Sheppard
Barbara Sheptycki
Barry Sheptycki
Charles Arthur Sherman
Charles Sherman
Roger & Mags Shorey
Jon Shrubsole
Bert & Judi Shrubsole Family
Ellis W. Sifton
Peter Simmons
Larry Simpson
Thomas Simpson
William R Skitch
Jane Skocdopole
Ronald Allan Smith
Paula Smowton
John H C Soule
Brian Soutiere
Thomas Spence
Patrick Stahn
Mary Stein
John Stephens
Murray Stephens
Jill Sterritt
Linda Stevens
Captain Charles F Stevenson
J.D.M. Stewart
Mackie O Stewart
Trisha Stewart
Susan Stone
Thomas Edward Storey
Eric Strand
Ernie Strickland
Doug Strype
Grant Stuart
Norman Earl Studholme
Brian Stulte
Sukhvinder Sunger
Dorothy Sutton
Rose Swan
Debbie Sykora
Tony Sykora
Alain Talbot
Derek Tam
Beau Taylor
Tetreault Family
William Tett
James Thompson
Robert Thompson
Sheldon B. Thorpe
Harold Thorsteinson
Those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Charles Cecil Tilbury
Mary Tod
Richard Topham
Valerie Torck
Barry R Towson
Jonathon & Stacey Trenchard
Alfred Ernest Tucker
Craig Tucker
Ray Turenne
Peter Turkington
Robert R Turner
Jim Turner
Guy Turpin
Tanya Tygesen
Neil Unwin
Paul Valentine
William Vanderspek
Evert (EV)_ Van Eerden
Roger Van Dorne
Evert Van Ginkel
James Vercaigne
Eric Vesey
Lieut. Desmond Vicars
Brian FJ Vollmer
John Wadey
Aly Wakif
C/Sgt A. Wakif
David Henry Waldron
David Sterling Waldron
Bill Walker
Private Thomas Samuel Walker
Jean Walters
Michelle Wang
Roy W Wannamaker
Lawrence Wareing
T Gai Ward
William & Lynn Watson
Christine Wauters
Dr Howard weaver
John Welk
Theodore George Whalley
John F. White
Cecil Wilder
Ken S Wildgoose
Kerri Wigle
Arthur E. Wilkins
David M. Wilkins
Michael Williams
Todd Williams
Andrew Wilson
Richard Wilson
Lorraine Wiman
Debra Wilson
Bruce Wilson
Neil & Dawn Wilson
Jim Windsor
William Wirth
Ken Wolch
Joe Womersley
Emma Wood
Elliot McFarland Wood
Warren Wood
Gary Woodward
Jonathan Christopher Wright
Bruce & Margaret Wright
Lieut. Douglas Christie Wright, RFC, 18th Bn
C. Kemm Yates
Peter Young
Sergeant Percy Young
Drew Young
Gemma Zecchini
Kirsten Zemp
Denise Ziebart
Ryan Ziebart