About

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.

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Programs

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.

Upcoming Events

March 1 2017 - December 31 2018

1 March 2017 – 31 December 2018 – Juno Beach Centre – Temporary Exhibitions “From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France” :

Until 31 December 2018
Temporary Exhibition hall
Included in the museum entrance fee. Visit the temporary exhibition alone: 3€

Vimy and Juno. Two names, two world wars, two great victories for Canadians. One hundred years ago in 1917, Canadians captured Vimy Ridge in the Pas de Calais region. 27 years later in 1944, Canadians landed on Juno Beach in Normandy, and took part in the liberation of France.

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May 25 2018

25 May 2018 – Unveiling of the Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Simpson Sharpe Statue :

The Uxbridge Historical Society and the Sam Sharpe Statue Committee are pleased to announce the Unveiling of the Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Simpson Sharpe Statue.  

Friday May 25, 2018
Musical Selections 6:30 p.m. (Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada)
Parade:  6:45 p.m.
Ceremony: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 8:15 p.m.

Location

Parade:  Second Wedge (14 Victoria Street, Uxbridge) to Statue Site (just west of CIBC, 49 Brock Street W, Uxbridge)                        Ceremony:  Statue Site (just west of CIBC, 49 Brock Street W, Uxbridge)
Reception:  Uxbridge Historical Centre (7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge)

 

The events will include:  a parade and the unveiling ceremony in downtown Uxbridge, and a reception will follow at the Uxbridge Historical Museum.  All are welcome.

Parade participants will include:  Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170, #76 Uxbridge Army Cadets, Uxbridge Fire, Zeredatha Lodge, 20th Battalion Reenactors, and the Ontario Regiment and Association.

The Ceremony will be MC’d by historian and author Ted Barris and it will include special music by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada, and Bella Nove Choir.  There will also be brief remarks from special guests and dignitaries, the unveiling, and the act of remembrance.  Confirmed dignitaries include:  Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham;  Jennifer O’Connell, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge; Gerri-Lynn O’Connor, Durham Region Chair;  Pat Malloy, Acting Mayor for Uxbridge Township; Philip Ralph, Padre of Wounded Warriors; and Bruce Clayton, Commanding Officer of the Ontario Regiment.

All are also welcome to attend the community reception following the ceremony at Uxbridge Historical Museum.  Guests will be able to enjoy some light refreshments, listen to music provided by Bella Nove, view the historical exhibits, and mingle with the members of Sam Sharpe’s family who will be introduced.  The exhibits will include an Uxbridge Historical Museum exhibit on Sam Sharpe, an Uxbridge Secondary School and Sam Sharpe Exhibit, exhibit items from the Ontario Regiment Museum, a video sharing the life of service of Sam Sharpe, and we are excited to be hosting the Vimy to Juno Exhibit, generously on loan to us from the Juno Beach Centre Association.

Questions? 

For further information, please contact Tish MacDonald, Sam Sharpe Statue Unveiling Ceremony Chair at tishmacdonald14@gmail.com or 905.649.0180.

 

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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 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 opened on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country.

Learn

The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.