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.