VIMY FOUNDATION EVENT IN THE NATIONAL POST

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Vimy Foundation hosted an event on October 6, 2014 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in downtown Toronto, where retired CBC journalist Brian Stewart had a discussion with historian and National Post columnist Conrad Black. The theme of the evening’s conversation was “1914-2014: A Century of Aftershocks.”

The National Post attended this event and printed a transcript of their discussion on October 20, 2014. It has been edited for length and clarity. You can find the text of the article here: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/20/stewart-black-canadas-extraordinary-war/

FOURTH ANNUAL EDITION OF VIMY RECEPTION IN OTTAWA – A SMASHING SUCCESS!

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Ambassador of France, Philippe Zeller, alongside Madame Odile Zeller, hosted the fourth annual Vimy Reception at the French Embassy in Ottawa.

In honour of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, addressed close 200 guests. Vimy Foundation supporters also enjoyed a speech about the battle of Vimy Ridge by renowned historian and author Dr. Tim Cook, as well as live entertainment, fine French wine, and culinary delights prepared by the Embassy’s chef.

The Vimy Foundation was honoured to be presented with a $25,000.00 donation from Joanne R. Sutherland and Robert Douglas for the new education centre to be built at the site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The donation was made in honour of Ms. Sutherland’s father, James Ross Sutherland from Manitoba, who was wounded at the battle of Vimy Ridge.

MORE THAN $150,000 RAISED AT THE GRANDE SOIRÉE FONDATION VIMY 2014 IN MONTREAL

Under the honorary co-chairmanship of Mr. Stéphan Crétier, Founder, President and CEO of Garda World, and of Mr. Luc Ouellet, Managing Director, Investment Banking of TD Securities, the third annual edition of La Grande Soirée Fondation Vimy was a resounding success.

La Grande Soirée Fondation Vimy 2014 raised more than $150,000, a record for this charity event in Montreal. Over two hundred representatives from the business world and military, education, arts and cultural communities attended the June 17th event at McGill University’s historic Redpath Hall.

La Grande Soirée Fondation Vimy 2014 was presented to raise funds for the Vimy Foundation’s important youth education programs. These programs reach close to 18,000 Canadian youth across the country and benefit 200 exceptional high school students annually. One such program, the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, recognizes exemplary young Canadians for their distinguished service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery, and leadership.

As a result of this annual fundraising event, the Vimy Foundation aims to further develop these programs which will allow a greater number of high school students to participate. As the foundation strives to preserve and promote the Canadian legacy of the First World War, funds raised will also go towards commemoration projects for the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy ridge. The victory in April 1917 symbolizes an event in history which was the first major moment when Canada identified itself as a nation and was recognized internationally.

As the centennial anniversary of Vimy Ridge approaches, the foundation will play a leading role in building a state-of-the-art Education Centre to be unveiled on April 9, 2017 on grounds adjacent to the Vimy Memorial in France. The Government of Canada has committed $5 million to the project, and the Vimy Foundation aims to raise an additional $10–15 million.

VIMY POETRY CONTEST

Last spring, L’Association des auteures et des auteurs de l’Ontario français (l’AAOF), in collaboration with the Vimy Foundation, held a French poetry contest. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the theme of the contest and from hundreds of submissions Daniel Groleau Landry was awarded the $250 l’AAOF prize for his winning poem. Mr. Groleau Landry was presented with the prize during the Vimy Reception at the French Embassy in Ottawa.

Le 12 avril 1917

après quatre jours insupportables

après les frères laissées en jachère

striés de balles et de shrapnel

après les foudres de l’horreur

la perte de l’innocence

ils ont dressé leur drapeau

comme on grimpe hors de l’enfer

ils étaient là, sur la côte 145,

le regard fixé sur l’horizon

des nuages gris s’accumulant dans le ciel

le sang d’érable et les yeux du Nord

un sourire de fils barbelés

sur leurs lèvres sèches une cigarette aux lèvres

le visage sale

la bataille gagnée

après le grondement de l’artillerie

des tremblements de terre

des tremblements de mains que l’on tente d’empêcher

l’éclatement des obus

le sifflement incessant des balles

le tintamarre de leur cris de guerre

la bousculade des chars d’assaut qui écrasent tout sur leur passage

les gémissements de leurs ennemis

ils n’entendent presque plus leur coeur battre

sentent plutôt

leurs pouls comme un tambour

comme un démon qui cogne contre les murs de sa prison

sentent plutôt

le brouillard de la guerre

les envelopper

et les priver

de la

beauté du monde

un goût de cuivre

sur la langue

le champ

de bataille

un paysage déchiré

irréparablement

comme les âmes

qui titubent

dans le brouillard

les cratères

des tombeaux

où les visages

ne trahissent

aucun accent

aucun langage

aucune origine

mais

malgré les deux pieds

sur le bord de l’abîme

ils ont triomphé

de retour à la base

les soldats rêvent

des tourtières

de leurs mère

les soldats rêvent

de jouer au hockey

sans se soucier

de faire des buts

les soldats rêvent

de revenir au Canada

chez eux, près des lacs,

des forêts boréales, sentir l’air pur

et tenir leur famille entre leurs bras

ils rêvent

de vivre haut et fort,

vivre leurs vies pour ceux

qui ne sont plus parmi eux

qui ont payé par milliers

pour notre liberté

avec leur sang d’érable

et leur volonté d’acier

ils rêvent

de trinquer

d’innombrables verres

à la santé des survivants

à la santé de leurs enfants

à la santé de leur pays

de leur drapeau hissé

contre les vagues et marées

de leurs ennemis déchus

même si

ils leur restaient

beaucoup de guerre à faire

aujourd’hui, le 12 avril 1917

ils avaient gagné

à Vimy

aujourd’hui

on dirait que le sang

des soldats qui ont péri

a nourrit la beauté du paysage

qu’il s’en est abreuvé

et que les fantômes

reposent en paix

l’ayant

réparé

VIMY GALA FEATURED IN NATIONAL POST

The After Hours page of the Saturday, May 31st edition of the National Post showcases some photos of attendees at the 2014 Vimy Foundation Gala Dinner held May 5th in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York and presented by Bell Canada. More than 400 business leaders, elected officials, members of the Canadian Forces and students gathered for the second annual Vimy Gala.

THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL CEREMONY

On Monday 11 December 2012, the Vimy Foundation held a Diamond Jubilee medal ceremony at the offices of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation in Montreal.

2012 marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michel Maisonneuve awarded the medals to the 11 recipients that provided early and critical assistance to the Foundation

The recepients were:

David Breckenridge

Hugh Cowans

Stéphan Crétier

Hal Hanaford

Stuart Iversen

Will Mitchell

Brenda Norris

Andrew Powell

Vincent Prager

Christopher Shannon

William Stavert

Congratulations to all of them.

VIMY DAY IN TORONTO

Vimy Day in Toronto was a great success with the surprise visit of Joey the Mechanical horse from the Play `War Horse`.

Hundreds gathered at the cenetaph of old City Hall in toronto to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy ridge.

http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/199376–canadians-mark-95th-anniversary-of-battle-of-vimy-ridge

http://www.cp24.com/ceremonies-held-to-mark-vimy-ridge-anniversary-1.793637

VIMY DAY IN OTTAWA

April 8, 7:00 pm National War Memorial, Elgin Street: All-night vigil by Cadets

A wreath-laying and candle light procession took place with the Army Cadet League of Canada and with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada. The ceremony included a parade led by The Army Cadet League of Canada which held an all night vigil at National War Memorial in honor of the battle of Vimy ridge.

April 9, 10:00 am National War Memorial, Elgin Street: Commemoration Event highlighting the 95thAnniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Vimy Foundation, in collaboration with EWC and VAC paid tribute in honour and recognition of the 95thAnniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge that helped shape Canada.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Remembering+Vimy+task+generation+says+foundation+head/6375359/story.html

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/04/03/students-eager-to-learn-vimy-ridge-lesson

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/04/04/pei-students-vimy-trip-584.html

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/04/05/youth-join-vets-remembering-vimy-ridge

http://ctvottawamorning.ca/recentShows.php

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/le_monde_selon_mathieu/2011-2012/chronique.asp?idChronique=212654