The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2012 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 seventh 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, 2012, 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 2012 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize are:

Jean-Michel Athot, Grande-Rivière Ouest, QC

Fahima Begumname, Hamilton, ON

Philippe Brock, Westmount, QC

Alexander Cohen, Ottawa, ON

Justine Cowitz, Calgary, AB

Kailie De Zoysa, Pinner Harrow, UK

Djavan Habel-Thurton, Montreal, QC

Mackenzie Hoskin, Vancouver, BC

Caroline Houriet, Pas-de-Calais, France

Greg Huvenaars, Yellowknife, NT

Seshu Iyengar, Fredericton, NB

Riam Kim-McLeod, Vancouver, BC

Pierre Kochel, Whitehorse, YT

Julien Laurent, Pas-de-Calais, France

Kyra Simone, Niagara on the Lake, ON

Angie Tang, Richmond Hill, ON










Vimy Pin

Leading up to Vimy Week, Beaverbrook Vimy Prize alumni Ian Harrison and Jessica Metuzals present Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, with the newly designed Vimy Pin.

Ian Harrison with Prime Minister


The 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was commemorated in France:




And in Ottawa:


Cenotaph, Toronto 95th Anniversary

Intervue avec Nicholas Alexandris

Including the fundraiser at the French Embassy:


And in Toronto:

Cenotaph, Toronto, April 9, 2012

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