Contest: 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial. The legacy of Vimy extends to the monument itself as a fine example of our cultural heritage. Designed by Walter Allward, it pays a lasting tribute to our people and is recognized globally as an important piece of innovative Canadian art.

Share your favorite images of the monument with us from Monday July 25 to Friday July 29. Our top three favorite photos will win a Vimy Foundation prize pack!

1. Post a photo that highlights the beauty and meaning of the Vimy monument on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Tag @vimyfoundation and use the hashtag #VimyMemorial80. Winners will be announced on Monday August 1.

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Thank you to Hanna Smyth for the beautiful photo of our Vimy Pilgrimage Award students at Vimy in April 2016.

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.

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SBrousseauStephanie Brousseau – Project Coordinator

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.

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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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Caroline Ross, Communications & Administrative Coordinator

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 will be handling administrative duties for the office and coordinating the Foundations communications. Caroline can’t wait to connect with you on the Foundation’s social media pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube!

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IMG_2519Jordan Slump – Communications & Administrative Assistant

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.

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Minister Hehr thanks the Vimy Foundation

Minister Hehr thanks the Vimy Foundation for commitment to Visitor Education Centre under construction at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial

July 3, 2016 — Vimy, France

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and members of a Canadian delegation marking the centennial anniversaries of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel today attended a remembrance ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Minister Hehr then joined Vimy Foundation student alumnus Xavier Delporte in viewing progress on a new Visitor Education Centre. The centre is scheduled to open April 2017 as part of commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.


Minister Hehr Xavier DelporteMinister Hehr congratulated the Vimy Foundation for raising $5 million in support of the new Visitor Education Centre. This matches the Government of Canada’s commitment and brings the project’s total budget to $10 million. To mark his first visit to the monument, Mr. Delporte presented Minister Hehr with a Vimy Pilgrimage medal.


“The Government of Canada thanks the members of the Vimy Foundation for their commitment and for their leadership in ensuring Canada’s legacy of remembrance continues. This new centre will help us share the stories of those who bravely served during the First World War and provide visitors with insight into why the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is such an important symbol for our country.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“We are very thankful for the support of corporate Canada and the charitable foundations, philanthropists and individual Canadians whose generous contributions have helped us reach our ambitious fundraising goal. We join the Government of Canada and all Canadians in anticipation of the opening of the Visitor Education Centre and commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017.”

Christopher Sweeney, Chair of the Vimy Foundation

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