United Against Racism

We look to history to remember, to learn, and to mature. The “War to End All Wars” was survived by a generation of individuals who pioneered many of the social support systems we take for granted. They took their fight to the streets, during their own pandemic, and they fought for labour laws, for healthcare, for the right to vote, and for human rights.

There are no remaining survivors of the First World War to attest to the tragedy and senselessness of hate, intolerance, and violence against innocent people, as we witness times of change and unrest within our country and across the world once again. 

At the Vimy Foundation, we are committed to doing our part to ensure that history serves as an educational tool for awareness, inclusion, and growth in the fight against anti-Black racism. Examining our own organisational structure and processes, we recognize that we too have work to do in order to embrace anti-racism as a part of our mandate. We are committed to continue working hard to foster a safe space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour within our organization and programming. 

We will lend our voice and share knowledge to join in the fight against anti-Black racism. We will provide resources examining the historic roots of systemic racism and include discussions of these issues in our programming. As we support the Black community, we must also educate ourselves about the entrenchment of racism in Canada in order to make a lasting change.

 

Researching the History of Black Canadians

Government of Canada List of Black history organizations and educational resources

Africville Museum in Halifax, NS

Amherstburg Freedom Museum formerly the North American Black Historical Museum

BC Black History Places of Interest

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Black Volunteers in the First World War, No.2 Construction Battalion, Black Voting Rights, Stanley G. Grizzle, Black Female Freedom Fighters

Nova Scotia Museum on African Nova Scotians 

Veterans Affairs’ History of Black Canadians in Uniform

Library Archives Canada resources about Black History in Canada

The National Film Board of Canada’s playlist celebrating Black Communities in Canada

Ontario Black History Society

The Secret Life of Canada a CBC podcast, look for the episodes on blackface, Black Nurses, Uncle Tom, the province of Jamaica, John Ware, Eleanor Collins, and Jackie Shane займы на карту

The Nation Born at Vimy Can Handle Any Challenge
- a Vimy Ridge Day message from Vimy Foundation Chair Christopher Sweeney

On April 9, Vimy Ridge Day, we will celebrate and commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. At Vimy, as we all should know, 100,000 Canadian soldiers fought together for the first time and secured a rare and stunning victory for the Allied forces. Arguably, for the first time ever, the world paid attention to something that our young country had done, and on the largest stage on earth at the time- the Western Front in the First World War.

From Vimy, the  emboldened Canadian Corps went to a string of victories starting with Hill 70, followed by the taking of Passchendaele, finished by the never to be forgotten final “100 days” when Canadian forces became the spearhead of the entire British Imperial war effort in Europe.

We recall these momentous events to remind Canadians of what we can do as a nation when faced with enormous challenges, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. In the four years of war between 1914 and 1918 Canada changed enormously; from a small regular force militia to Canadian Expeditionary Force totalling hundreds of thousands, from a pre-war budget of $185 million to a wartime budget of more than $740 million, with a quadrupled federal debt of $1.2 billion and an additional federal income tax, a totally new initiative, of 4% on all households with income over $2 000 per year.  

By the end of the war, over 600,000 citizens had served in the Canadian Armed forces out of a population of 8 million, or nearly one out of every 10 citizens! We had lost 60 000 soldiers, had another 170,000 physically injured and an untold and uncared number suffering from what we now call PTSD.

No one could have foreseen how our young, sparsely populated country could muster such an effort of blood and material – and yet we did.

We are again faced with an enormous challenge in the Covid-19 pandemic, but this too we have done before – the Spanish Influenza of 1918-1920, spread by soldiers returning from Europe after the war. The ‘flu’ raced across Canada, causing Canadians everywhere to wear a mask if they could secure one (does this sound familiar?), resulting in the loss of over 55,000 Canadians. Canadians once again mobilized their communities to fight the ‘flu’, converting public buildings into hospitals and creating the beginnings of a federal public health body to help create policy to manage the epidemic.  

Canada is in a new type of war now, where the fighting is done in our hospitals and our health care workers are the ones on the front lines, potentially sacrificing themselves for the greater good, for Canada. But like the two world wars, and other troubles that have beset us, we will weather this storm as we have weathered storms in the past, by being level-headed, organized, compassionate, united, and above all,  by rising to the challenge. The nation born at Vimy and during the First World War has untold strengths in its people and resources and is capable of anything required of it. The “Battle of the Pandemic” will be soon followed by the “Battle of Economic Recovery”, and Canada will emerge changed but unbowed by these challenges as we carve out our continuing grand destiny.

– Christopher Sweeney, Chair of the Vimy Foundation займ онлайн без отказа

New Water Feature Honours Legacy of Vimy Ridge

April 9, 2020

The Vimy Foundation and the Love Family Foundation are proud to announce a joint effort to commemorate the legacy of the Battle of Vimy Ridge- The Ridge: To Venerate A Buried History. The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park in France, an established living memorial, will soon be home to the water feature, which was commissioned after a competition with entrants from Canada’s leading design universities. 

The winning team combined the talents of three Thesis Level Masters of Architecture students: Scott Normand, Kevin Complido, and Brendan Dyck. In their proposal, the team states: 

The intention driving the project is for this theoretical interaction to be tranquil and thought-provoking and for it to reinforce the dialogue of peace and remembrance.

Jon and Nancy Love, selection committee members from the Love Family Foundation, felt strongly about selecting the design  as the competition winner: 

What made The Ridge stand out from other designs was its use of echo chambers and agitators below the surface which reverberate the sound of flowing water to create a contemplative environment in the Park.

The proposed design is to be realised this summer and unveiled in the fall.

The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, designed by Canadian landscape architect Linda Dicaire, opened in 2018 to mark the centennial of the end of the Great War. Funded by the Vimy Foundation, the park provides a space of reflection on Canadian achievement at Vimy Ridge.

The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery, sacrifice and strength in unity. 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 single fighting force for the first time. The event is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.

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Meet our Staff

Caitlin Bailey – Executive Director 

An accomplished non-profit leader and public history professional, Caitlin Bailey joins the Vimy Foundation from the Canadian Centre for the Great War in Montreal where she has served as executive director since 2014. Caitlin is committed to ensuring the longevity of the memory of the Great War in Canadian life, and to finding new and interesting ways to tell its story.

Email Caitlin Bailey: cbailey@vimyfoundation.ca

 

 

 

Claire Carny – Administrative and Billing Coordinator

 

Claire has always been passionate about customer service and helping organizations run as smoothly as possible. She’s also an ardent believer that Canadian history isn’t ‘boring’! Claire handles general inquiries, processes your merchandise orders, contributes to a variety of projects and is the go to person for the many requests that pop up in the office on a daily basis.

Email Claire Carny: ccarny@vimyfoundation.ca

 

 

Alexandru Stratulat – Communications Coordinator 

Living life through a smartphone’s screen, Alexandru is a passionate content creator and an aspiring educator. There’s no mystery in social media for this digital native. With a background in cultural mediation and having worked at the Montreal Holocaust Museum, our Communications Coordinator is a strong believer in the importance of history and remembrance.

Email Alexandru Stratulat: astratulat@vimyfoundation.ca

 

 

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Mission

Building the Future, Informed by the Past

The Vimy Foundation is a leading voice on the First World War in Canada.

The Foundation works to preserve and promote Canada’s ongoing legacy of leadership as symbolised by the First World War victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was recognised on the world stage.

The Vimy Foundation’s actions are informed by our commitment to three strategic pillars. 

  • Leadership – shaping informed and engaged leaders of tomorrow 
  • Legacy – evolving our connection to our First World War heritage 
  • Longevity – delivering on a commitment to maintaining operational excellence

The Foundation carries out its mission by:

  • Spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;
  • Spreading awareness through distributing commemorative items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals; and
  • Spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day.

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 surviving First World War soldier on Vimy Day 2011;
  • The Vimy Memorial to be placed on the new $20 bill;
  • The creation of Vimy Place in Notre Dame de Grâce Park in Montreal;
  • Governments across the country to lower their flags on Vimy Ridge Day;
  • Successfully hosted gala events across the country celebrating Vimy Ridge Day;
  • Commemorative events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017; and
  • The building of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre on the site of the Vimy Memorial, which opened in April 2017.

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 Ridge Day, the Foundation also encourages Canadians to wear a Vimy medal or pin on April 9th each year, and is supporting commemorative events each April. The Foundation also  helped organize and promote commemoration events for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017. займ на карту онлайн

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
  • Desmond Morton (1937 – 2019)
  • Vincent Prager
  • William Stavert (1934 – 2017)

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

  • John Clemes
  • Shaun Francis
  • Jonathan Leigh
  • Art Linton
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

Founder

Andrew Powell (October 2, 1930 – March 14, 2014), founder of the Vimy Foundation, shared his inspirations for the creation of the Foundation:

“As a resident of the United Kingdom from 1981 to 2008, I often traveled between Great Britain and France on the A26 motorway. This lane runs along the magnificent National Vimy Memorial, located on a hill surrounded by trees. A large road sign indicated the site as for the many points of interest in France: “Vimy, Canadian Memorial”. One day in 2003, I noticed that the sign was gone and after a few other trips I noticed that it had not been replaced. The motorway is an important route for traffic from Great Britain, northern France and Belgium to Paris and to the South; the opportunity to inform the general public about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and about Canada in general, was lost and I was determined to do something about it.

Every country needs legends, especially young countries like Canada, and Vimy’s story is perfect for inspiring Canadian pride. So we had the idea of bringing students from Canada, the United Kingdom and France to this site to learn about Vimy’s history and its significance for Canada. This experience gave me the motivation to create the Vimy Foundation in Canada and to register it as a charitable organization in 2006.” заём

Contact Us

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.

If you would like to visit the Foundation, please make an appointment to ensure a staff member will be available to assist you. To make an appointment, please call 416-595-1917 / 514-904-1007 or email info@vimyfoundation.ca

 

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