The Foundation was contacted by the Governor General’s office to submit names of alumni of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize program to attend a reception on June 30th in honour of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate the exceptional service of Canadian youth towards a smart and caring nation. The reception was hosted by their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Mrs. Laureen Harper. This event brought together 120 Canadian youth who are dedicated to service both at home and abroad and who, through their actions, are building a smarter and more caring nation and planet.
Two were selected to represent TVF, Ryan Brun from Westmount, Quebec (2007 alumni) and Arielle Legere from Halifax, Nova Scotia (2010 alumni). They spoke about their experience learning Canadian history through The Foundation’s Beaverbrook Vimy Prize. They were selected by the Governor General’s office based on their work in areas of service similar to those identified in the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund:
support for service personnel and their families
conservation for future generations
children fulfilling their potential
changing lives through art and sport
help and care at home
The participants were gathered in groups with other participants who work in their specific area of service from right across the country. Their Royal Highnesses, Their Excellencies and the Prime Minister and Mrs. Harper moved from group to group and the participants had a chance to tell them about the work and service they are doing in their communities. This informal approach gave Their Royal Highnesses a unique overview of the diversity of service and creativity in the youth of this country and also allowed the youth to make connections with potential partner organizations they may not have known before. Follow this link, http://gg.ca/gallery.aspx?ID=10543 to see official photos of the event.