After an incredible week, our VPA 2019 students said their goodbyes and departed for home early this morning. For the last blog entry of this program, we asked our new Vimy Pilgrimage Award alumni to describe their experience in one line; read their thoughts here. (Please note: participants will blog in their language of preference.)
The program provided a modern perspective to the First World War, as while the devastation of war was a prominent theme, topics of present day reconciliation were also addressed, which is not always the case in school.
— Navjot Kaur Khaira, Surrey BC
This experience completely transformed my perception of the First World War and truly taught me that this legacy is all of ours to remember.
— Keneisha Charles, Kelowna, BC
Le programme a dépassé mes attentes; nous avons eu la chance de partager des opportunités fantastiques avec 20 Canadiens qui viennent de partout au Canada et qui étaient gagnants du Prix du pèlerinage de Vimy.
— Brooke Glazier, North Vancouver, BC
This program has been such a life changing experience; I have learned and acquired more information in a week than any history class could ever teach me.
— Elizabeth Gagné, Regina, SK
Le programme m’a menée à porter un regard différent sur la Première Guerre mondiale et m’a permis de rencontrer des personnes exceptionnelles : cette expérience a été fantastique !
— Rosalie Gendron, Lévis, QC
Ce programme a été immensément amusant, et j’ai absolument adoré tous les monuments, cimetières et musées.
— Aidan Hupé, Whitehorse, Yukon
I was so honoured to be able to take part in this program- in which I was able to gain so many new perspectives about Canada and the First World War.
— Faith Emiry, Massey, Ontario
The program not only exceeded my expectations, but it opened my eyes to the atrocities of the first world war- especially the casualties from both sides.
— Declan Sander, Lethbridge, Alberta
During the Vimy Pilgrimage Award 2019 I learned so much about the First World War and I will never forget this experience- I can’t wait to share my stories about this amazing program with others.
— Gillian Huppee, Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award program creates the perfect learning environment for youth, welcoming them into an open environment that emphasizes remembrance and respect for the First World War and the people who served in it.
— David Pugh, Brantford, Ontario
This experience has been truly amazing; I now have a different perspective on the First World War and know that the legacy of the soldiers must be remembered by all so that their sacrifice was not in vain.
— Katie Clyburne, Halifax NS
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award has been everything I hoped for; learning about Canada, fostering a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made during the First World War, visiting important gravesites, and making new friends from across Canada – overall an experience I will never forget and will always cherish.
— Theo Thompson-Armstrong, Halifax NS
Through all the cemeteries, museums and monuments, I learned of the many social and cultural effects of the First World War and their effects on both Canadians and the rest of the world.
— Eric Weidmann Fort Saskatchewan, AB
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award helped me gain a deeper level of understanding on how to approach and analyze history; because we were taught how to think, not what to think.
— Joon Sohn, Surrey BC
I learned so much from this program including how to think critically and how to consider multiple perspectives of the First World War.
— Cassandra Gillen, Pointe-Claire QC
Reflecting on the week as a whole, I’ve grown drastically with my critically thinking skills as well as communication. To be there, on the battlefield where history took place 102 years ago adds a new sense of depth to my learning as well as my personal development.
— David He, Burnaby BC
What an experience that has changed my life forever; I am so pleased to have been chosen for the Vimy Pilgrimage Award so I can learn so many things about the First World War and now be able to teach people about my experience and about what these men truly went through during those four deadly years.
— Andrew Poirier, Haldimand County, ON
Comment décrire une expérience qui, en une semaine, nous fait développer des liens profonds avec des gens complètement inconnus, qui nous permet de comprendre la chance qu’on a d’être soi-même en 2019, qui fait énormément grandir et met un terme au passé sans jamais l’oublier et nous permet de continuer vers l’avant?
— Emma Roy, Ste-Sophie, QC
It was an experience of a lifetime as I was able to learn about the history of the First World War, commemorate those who fought for our freedom, and make friendships that will last forever.
— Stephanie Budden, Stephenville, NL
Participating in the Vimy Pilgrimage Award has taught me much more about not just the First World War but also its consequences, and it has greatly helped to shift my perspective on understanding the importance of international relations in the past, present, and future.
— Zachary Collins, Toronto, ON