Our 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients have left Canada for a week-long immersive educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s First World War effort. Follow along as they blog about their experience! (Please note: participants will blog in their mother tongue.) Thank you to Scotiabank and Air Canada for all their support!
Today’s first blogs come from our chaperones:
Everyone has made it to Montreal and we are ready to ship off to Brussels. I’m looking forward to meeting our participants and getting the 2019 VPA started. We have a great itinerary lined up and a fantastic group of students. Having the opportunity to learn about the First World War while experiencing the sites and battlefields is a tremendous opportunity for the students to immerse themselves in the stories that marked this critical period in not only Canadian, but also world history.
The VPA 2019 program is underway! I’m looking forward to what the next week has in store – getting to know an incredible group of young Canadians, working together with my fellow chaperones who share a passion for history and teaching, and visiting important First World War sites on the Western Front. The students are about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in history and connect to the past through experiential learning!
The day is finally here! After much anticipation, we have all made it to Montreal and are about to head overseas. With an exciting itinerary ahead of us, I look forward to visiting and experiencing the important sites and battlefields from the First World War with a phenomenal group of students from across Canada. Stay tuned!
Since the moment they learned that they have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, this group of students has been busy preparing for the program by completing academic readings, organizing group presentation materials, and by preparing a presentation about an individual who is buried or commemorated overseas. Over the past few months, each one of these students has already contributed something unique to this group with their work ethic and dedication to learning Canada’s military past.
By leading on-site lectures, asking thought provoking questions, and sharing in respectful historical debates, myself and my fellow chaperones will guide these young scholars across the landscapes, battlefields, memorials, and museums in Belgium and France. I look forward to marking the 102nd anniversary of the Battle for Vimy Ridge alongside the 2019 VPA recipients.
C’est avec joie que je prends part au programme du Prix du pèlerinage Vimy 2019 en tant que nouvel accompagnateur. Tout comme nos jeunes participants, je découvrirai et explorerai pour la première fois les champs de bataille, les musées et les lieux de mémoire en Belgique et en France. J’ai bien hâte de discuter avec eux, et avec les autres accompagnateurs, des usages que nous faisons du passé et des récits que nous partageons sur la participation du Canada à la Première Guerre mondiale. Nul doute que cette opportunité sera enrichissante pour tous!
– Benoit Longval