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.

 

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.

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, 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 Foundation’s communications. Caroline can’t wait to connect with you on the Foundation’s social media pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube!

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.

Mission

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; and
  • Working to increase understanding for visitors at Vimy through fundraising for the Vimy Visitors Education Centre on the site of the Vimy Memorial.

To date, we have educated hundreds of young Canadians on our First World War history. We have also successfully lobbied for:

  • The Government to hold the public commemoration for the last First World War soldier on Vimy Day 2011;
  • The Vimy Memorial to be placed on the new $20 bill;
  • Governments across the country to lower their flags on Vimy Day; and
  • Successfully hosted gala events across the country celebrating Vimy Day

A Brief Overview

Inspired by the heroic victory of the Canadian Forces at Vimy Ridge, the Vimy Foundation believes that the key to a successful future lies in knowing one’s past, and that the remarkable story of Vimy should be shared with young people from across the country.

A Dominion Institute poll taken at the time of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge revealed that only 30% of Canadians recognized the unique importance of the event in the nation’s history. This startling statistic suggests that many Canadians do not immediately recognize the significance of this battle, and how its legacy contributed to Canada’s emergence on the world stage.

To meet this challenge, the Vimy Foundation has taken the initiative to share the remarkable story of Vimy with Canada’s youth.

To promote Vimy Day, the Foundation also encourages Canadians to wear a Vimy medal or pin on April 9th each year, and is organizing commemorative events each April. The Foundation is also hard at work developing plans for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.

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

Contact Us

MONTREAL OFFICE

1470 Peel Street, Suite 726
Montreal, QC H3A 1T1
514-904-1007

TORONTO OFFICE

200 University Ave., Suite 1000
Toronto, ON M5H 3C6
416-595-1917

We want to hear from you! Should you have any questions or comments about the Vimy Foundation, its activities, or how you can be a part of our efforts, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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