Announcing the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients!

The Vimy Foundation presents the Vimy Pilgrimage Award to recognize the actions of young people who demonstrate their commitment to volunteer work through outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, and bravery. Their acts may have served their peers, school, community, province or country.

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War history. Scheduled for April 2-10, 2018, the award program features daily visits to unforgettable sites including museums, cemeteries, monuments, and historic battlefields, as well as participation in a Vimy Day commemoration ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

20 Canadian students were selected from across the nation. Thank you to everyone who applied! We appreciate your dedication to community service and your interest in Canadian history.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Rohan Ashar – Toronto, Ontario
Kiana Baghban – Calgary, Alberta
Léa-Jade Bouchard – St-Augustin-De-Desmaures, Québec
Laurissa Brousseau – Canmore, Alberta
Marcus Deans – Windsor, Ontario
Sarah Dykstra – Guelph, Ontario
Jeriann Hsiao – Brantford, Ontario
Nupur Krishnan – Newmarket, Ontario
Itohansose Itua – Calgary, Alberta
Shakil Jessa – Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Bethany Lengkeek – Surrey, British Columbia
Julia MacPherson – Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Christophe Michaud-Lavoie – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Damien Pilon – Gatineau, Québec
Mary Quinn – Belnan, Nova Scotia
Stephanie Quon – Vancouver, British Columbia
Amy Spearman – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lloyd Templeton – Calgary, Alberta
Thomas Turmel – Vallée-Jonction, Québec
Montaña Zimmermann – Pefferlaw, Ontario

Thank you to Scotiabank for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential, and has been investing in Canadian communities for 185 years.

Thank you to Air Canada for their support as a sponsor of the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, and to Canada’s History Magazine.

CWGC 100th Anniversary – Part VIII

“Canadians attending to a chum’s grave at the Front.”
Credit: W.I. Castle / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-000969.

In his annual report of 1926, Sir Fabian Ware, the founder and Vice-Chairman of the Imperial War Graves Commission, explained the reason behind maintaining the numerous, small, isolated Commonwealth cemeteries that are found across the battlefields of the First World War:

During the war certain authorized sites were selected, some close to the trenches, where the dead could be buried, and the soldiers were promised that, if they brought back their dead comrades to these, which they not infrequently did at the risk of their lives, they would rest there permanently undisturbed. This promise has been kept in all cases, except a few where the site originally selected has been found altogether unsuitable.” (Ward, Gibson, Courage Remembered, p. 49-50).

During our Vimy Pilgrimage Award program, great distances are covered in the effort to allow each student to visit the grave of a soldier they have researched.

If you know a student aged 14 – 17 years old, encourage them to apply today for our 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award and be part of the commemoration. Apply here: http://bit.ly/2f1ur7m

The 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award is made possible by the sponsorship of Scotiabank, and by the continued support of Canada’s History.

Vimy Pilgrimage Award

The Vimy Foundation created the Vimy Pilgrimage Award to recognize the actions of young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to volunteer work through positive contributions, notable deeds, or bravery that benefits their peers, school, community, province, or country.

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. The program, scheduled for April 2–10, 2019, is offered by the Vimy Foundation and features daily visits to important First World War sites including museums, cemeteries, and historic battlefields. A total of 20 students will be selected for the 2019 program.

Applicants are required to submit a 500 word essay describing their volunteer work; a 500-750 word biography of, and tribute to, a solider or nursing sister; a 500 word motivation letter; a resume detailing their relevant experiences; and a reference letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal, service club, volunteer organization, etc. In choosing award winners, the Award Committee will take into consideration all elements submitted for the application with special emphasis placed on the applicant’s volunteer work/service to their communities. Click the ‘Apply Now’ link below for full application instructions.

For more information about the rules and criteria for the program click here.

 

Applications for the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award are now closed. We will be in touch in the coming weeks.

Curious about past programs? Click here for the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients.
Click here to view photos from the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award program.

Additional questions? Email programs@vimyfoundation.ca

Thank you to our lead sponsor Scotiabank for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential, and has been investing in the community for 185 years.

 

This program is also sponsored by Air Canada: The First World War is an important, strategic moment in Canadian history and Air Canada is proud to support our youth and tomorrow’s leaders by sponsoring the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, allowing 20 exceptional teenagers from across Canada to learn and remember.

Thank you to Canada’s History for their ongoing support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.