Announcing the 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award winners!

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their acts may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country. This award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in France and Belgium, to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. Scheduled for April 3 – 11, 2016, the week will include classroom education and daily field trips to important First World War sites.

20 students were selected this year from over 200 outstanding applicants. Thank you to all who applied!

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Thomas Banks – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Leah Boyer – Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
  • Mily Danie Caron – Grand Sault, New Brunswick
  • Antoine Csuzdi-Vallée – Montreal, Quebec
  • Nathan Dueck – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Tyson Fisher – Surrey, British Columbia
  • Devin Galton – Toronto, Ontario
  • Kiana Gibson – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Fiona Hashey-McFarland – Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Kylar Johnson – St. Peters, Nova Scotia
  • Lena Lam – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Dale MacDonnell, Victoria, British Columbia
  • Emma Mogus – Oakville, Ontario
  • Mana Moshkforoush – Prince George, British Columbia
  • Aiman Naeem – Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Sally O’Keeffe – Toronto, Ontario
  • Bana (Maria) Samman – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Lovdeep Singh – Surrey, British Columbia
  • Tim Turriff – Belleville, Ontario
  • Daniel-Kwaku Voss – Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thank you to our generous supporters of this program: EF Educational Tours Canada and Canada’s History.

Please contact Stella Begic, programs manager, for any questions about the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.

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More than 100,000 students from across Canada recite In Flanders Fields

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields, more than 100,000 students from over 1000 schools in every province and territory recited this iconic poem during Remembrance Week.  The Vimy Foundation launched this initiative earlier this month.

Thank you to all the teachers, students, principals, parents, and all other supporters who helped us to reach this ambitious goal!

This year marks the centennial of the writing of In Flanders Fields, the iconic Canadian poem from Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. We no longer have any veterans of the First World War still with us: we have lost that direct connection with their stories – of the tragedy of war, of the reasons why they enlisted to fight, of the impact of the war on them, their families, and their country.

It is up to all of us to remember. Thank you to all who help to pass the torch of remembrance to Canada’s young people.

Some news articles about this initiative:

November-06-15, Calgary Herald   Canadian kids pledge to recite famous Remembrance Day poem

November-10-15, Times-Colonist  ‘In Flanders Fields’ still Canada’s pre-eminent war poem, even after 100 years

November-10-15, Maclean’s ‘In Flanders Fields’: 100,000 Canadian children recite 100-year-old poem

 

In no particular order, here are some of the classrooms across the country that participated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Poll Shows Most Canadians Can Identify “In Flanders Fields” (76%) as Country’s Most Famous Poem

Vimy Foundation campaign to encourage Canadian youth to recite famous poem reaches 100,000 students

Toronto, ON – November 9, 2015 – Most (76%) Canadians can correctly identify In Flanders Fields as the Canadian poem written during the First World War 100 years ago, and John McCrae (61%) as the author of that iconic poem. Most encouraging is the young Canadians (18-34) scored highest in knowledge and attitude related to the famous poem.

When presented with a list of six options, three quarters (76%) of Canadians could correctly identify In Flanders Fields as the Canadian poem written during the First World War 100 years ago. Interestingly, Canadians aged 18 to 34 were most likely (80%) to correctly identify In Flanders Fields as the poem.

Among a list of six authors, six in ten (61%) Canadians could identify John McCrae as having written In Flanders Fields, although four in ten (39%) did not. Once again, young adults paved the way with their superior knowledge, with 68% correctly answering the question, more than the 63% of those aged 55+ and 55% of those aged 35 to 54 who identified McCrae as the author.

Three quarters (74%) of Canadians ‘agree’ that ‘In Flanders Fields should be designated as Canada’s National Poem by an Act of Parliament’, while just one quarter (26%) ‘disagrees’ with this position. The idea has a majority of support in every region of the country, including Quebec (51%).

With support is so high, it’s not surprising that eight in ten (82%) agree that hearing In Flanders Fields recited on Remembrance Day enhances their appreciation for Canada’s veterans, and most (84%) agree that every Remembrance Day ceremony in Canada should include a reading of In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders Fields…

The data show that some Canadians know more about this iconic poem than others:

–  Regionally, those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (97%), Alberta (93%) and Atlantic Canada (92%) were most likely to identify In Flanders Fields as the Canadian poem written during the First World War.

–  Ontarians (74%), Atlantic Canadians (73%) and Albertans (73%) were most likely to correctly identify John McCrae as the author of this iconic poem.

–  Three in ten (30%) Canadians ‘agree’ that they can recite the poem In Flanders Fields by memory – matching the 30% of the population that could correctly identify the first verse.

–  The poem has a preeminent position in Canadian culture, so much so that two in three (66%) Canadians ‘agree’ that they learned In Flanders Fields as a child, rising to 73% agreement among those aged 18 to 34.

 

Click here to read more detailed results from Ipsos.

For more information:

Jennifer Blake
Communications Coordinator, Vimy Foundation
416.595.1917 ext.2
jblake@vimyfoundation.ca

Recite In Flanders Fields with the Vimy Foundation

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This Remembrance Week (November 5-11, 2015), the Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting  In Flanders Fields in their classrooms. This year marks the centennial of In Flanders Fields, Canada’s most famous poem, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the First World War in 1915.

Each classroom will be eligible to win an iPad and Vimy Prize Pack courtesy of the Vimy Foundation.

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone when Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Contact us at info@vimyfoundation.ca with any questions.

Canadians Recite the Poem:

In 2014, Postmedia asked Canadians to recite In Flanders Fields: 

Victoria Jackman, 2014 Vimy Pilgrimage Award winner

Dr. David Suzuki:

Find more videos of prominent Canadians on their site dedicated to the First World War.

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2015 BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a prestigious scholarship that aims to educate and inspire students through the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Now in its tenth annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize provides students aged 15 to 17 with the unique opportunity to take part in an intensive and rewarding scholarship program in Europe. From August 7 to August 21, 2015, students will participate in educational seminars, visit museums and historic battlefields, gravesites and monuments such as the iconic Vimy War Memorial, while building new relationships with other participants from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, as they learn about history.

List of Winners:

Thomas Albertini – Toronto, ON
Isabelle Ava-Pointon – Vancouver, BC
Rachel Bannerman – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Luca Bonifacio-Proietto – St. Catharines, ON
Derrin Couture – Debden, SK
Gabriel Duguay – Halifax, NS
Jessica Dutchak – Dauphin, MB
Palma Gurdulic – King, ON
Josanna Hickey – Bathurst, NB
Caitlyn Jarvis – Gibsons, BC
Carson Jones – Delta, BC
Aspen Murray – Hartland, NB
Nicolas Rigudiere – Bezouotte, France
Evan Rippin – Langley, BC
Mollie Symons – Wolfville, NS
Alice Vines – Surrey, Great Britain

Congratulations!

For more information about this program, please contact:

Stella Begic
Programs Manager, Vimy Foundation
514.904.1007
sbegic@vimyfoundation.ca

2015 VIMY PILGRIMAGE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their acts may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country. This award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in Vimy, France, to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. This year the week is scheduled for April 5 – 13, 2015 and will include classroom education and daily field trips to important First World War sites.

Thank you to our generous supporters of this program: EF Educational Tours Canada and Canada’s History.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Somaya Amiri – New Westminster, BC

Michael Batas – Calgary, AB

Kathleen Blundon – Mount Pearl, NL

Noémie Cloutier – Montréal, QC

Hicham El Bayadi – Orleans, ON

Emma Doucette – Johnston’s River, PE

Evan Dyson – Brandon, MB

Hilary Friesen – Halifax, NS

Émélie Gagnon – DSL de Grand-Sault, NB

Branden Handrahan – Bragg Creek, AB

Jonah Lee-McNamee – Vancouver, BC

Annie Martel – St-Pierre Jolys, MB

Taiya Melancon – Mayo, YK

Rishabh Nag – Mississauga, ON

Paul Okundaye – Niagara Falls, ON

Tiffany Quon – Vancouver, BC

Emily Roach – Blind River, ON

Madeleine Robitaille – Rhodes Corner, NS

Jessica Scott – Regina, SK

Nikolas Starzomski-Wilson – Howie Center, NS

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.

BEAVERBROOK 2014 WINNERS SELECTED!

Now in its eighth annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is the Foundation’s flagship program providing students aged 15 to 17 with the unique opportunity to take part in an intensive and rewarding scholarship program in Europe. From August 7 to August 21, 2014, students will participate in educational seminars, visit museums and historic battlefields, gravesites and monuments such as the iconic Vimy War Memorial, while building new relationships with other participants from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, as they learn about history.

The winners are:

• Sara Taylor – Errington, BC
• Joshua Gatcke – St. Catharines, ON
• George Polanyi-Williams Toronto, ON
• Alyssa Walsh, Dartmouth, NS
• Lola Angus Cobalt, ON
• Wesley Routley, Golden, BC
• Meghan McLeod, Kitchener, ON
• Daniel Mateus, St.Catharines, ON
• Hannah Payumo, Winnipeg, MB
• Marianne Goyette, Boucherville, QC
• Brandon Taschuk, Vernon, BC
• Audrey Bessette, St-Jerome, QC
• Nicholas Johnson, Montreal, QC
. Megan Wisselink, Ardrossan, AB

Honorouble mention:

. Margaret Tarzwell – NT
. Jonathan Bragg – SK
. Bailey Muir – YT
. Graham Burton – ON
. Rachel Bannerman – ON
. Julia Mombourquette – NS
. Ariane Lalonde – QC

BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS OF 2013

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 winners of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a prestigious scholarship that aims to educate and inspire students through the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Now in its eighth annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is the Foundation’s flagship program providing students aged 15 to 17 with the unique opportunity to take part in an intensive and rewarding scholarship program in Europe. From August 7 to August 21, 2013, students will participate in educational seminars, visit museums and historic battlefields, gravesites and monuments such as the iconic Vimy War Memorial, while building new relationships with other participants from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, as they learn about history.

“The Vimy Foundation received an overwhelming number of entries from young Canadians eager to learn more about their past and to embark on an adventure that will help shape their future,” said David Houghton, President of The Vimy Foundation. “We are confident that the selected students will help pursue the Vimy Foundation’s mission to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge.”

The winners of the 2013 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize are:

1. Andrew Watson (ON)
2. Max Wiltzer (QC)
3. Miranda LaBrash (SK)
4. Aidan Ingalls (NB)
5. Jeremy Rivest (QC)
6. Nicole Lin (BC)
7. Allison Harrod (AB)
8. Kelly Li (ON)
9. Connor Klauck (ON)
10. Rebeccah Allen (PEI)
11. Claire Honda (BC)
12. Alice Delsert (France)
13. Elly Brooker
14. Roxanne Wood
15. Caleb Perry (NS)
16. Kerry Poon (BC)

The runner ups winners of a week at Encounters with Canada in April 2014 are:

Lola Angus
Audrey Bessette
Gabriel Bourget
Philippe Cote
Nicholas Johnson
Marina Liu
Meghan McLeod
George Polanyi-Williamson
Audrey-Ann Remillard
Danielle Tan
Kristen Trevors
Annie Wu
Joy Yao

Congratulations to all of them.