Beaverbrook Vimy Prize Blog – August 21, 2016

Our final day in Paris before we all parted ways was amazing! We some fascinating areas of Paris, both on the Bateau Mouche, boat tour along the Seine River, as well as the First World War gallery at Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides, and Sacre Coeur and surroundings in Montmartre.

These past two weeks have been unbelievable! I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to travel to Europe and to learn about the First and Second World Wars with 19 fascinating people (BVP scholars and chaperone-facilitators).

One hundred years ago, Canadian soldiers were dying on the battlefields across Belgium and France. Because of the 2016 BVP program, I have learned many things that I never could have learned otherwise and through a first-hand experience.

Watching the sun go down at the Vimy Memorial in France and feeling the waves crash against my legs at Juno Beach has made me so thankful for those brave souls who sacrificed so much in the name of our country. These experiences have made me proud of my heritage; I am so proud to be Canadian.

I honestly do not have the words to say what I am feeling at the moment, so I will end this blog post with a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this experience possible and the words, “we will remember them.”

 – Emily Oakes, Gueph, Ontario

 

Now that I have been distanced by a few hours and a few thousand kilometres from the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize and my fellow scholars, I can say with certainty something that I expected all along: what happens in BVP doesn’t stay in BVP. It is doubtful that I will have the stamina to have such ferocious and intense passion for remembrance as I had for these two weeks, but that is okay: I simply must be able to ignite it and keep it burning whenever I start to feel far away from all of the brave men and women who fought and gave their lives for my country during the World Wars.

The BVP scholarship is history-focused, without a doubt. But it also has left me and my fellow scholars with a fantastic wealth of knowledge about the world that we live in today as well as inspiration for the future. The program may be over, but BVP isn’t, and therein lies the fundamental reason why BVP is so much more than just an educational trip to Europe.

– Abby Vadeboncoeur, Regina, Saskatchewan

 

 

Collage - photos august 22

2015 BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 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 tenth annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize provides 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, 2015, 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.

List of Winners:

Thomas Albertini – Toronto, ON
Isabelle Ava-Pointon – Vancouver, BC
Rachel Bannerman – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Luca Bonifacio-Proietto – St. Catharines, ON
Derrin Couture – Debden, SK
Gabriel Duguay – Halifax, NS
Jessica Dutchak – Dauphin, MB
Palma Gurdulic – King, ON
Josanna Hickey – Bathurst, NB
Caitlyn Jarvis – Gibsons, BC
Carson Jones – Delta, BC
Aspen Murray – Hartland, NB
Nicolas Rigudiere – Bezouotte, France
Evan Rippin – Langley, BC
Mollie Symons – Wolfville, NS
Alice Vines – Surrey, Great Britain

Congratulations!

For more information about this program, please contact:

Stella Begic
Programs Manager, Vimy Foundation
514.904.1007
sbegic@vimyfoundation.ca

BEAVERBROOK 2014 WINNERS SELECTED!

Now in its eighth 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, 2014, 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 winners are:

• Sara Taylor – Errington, BC
• Joshua Gatcke – St. Catharines, ON
• George Polanyi-Williams Toronto, ON
• Alyssa Walsh, Dartmouth, NS
• Lola Angus Cobalt, ON
• Wesley Routley, Golden, BC
• Meghan McLeod, Kitchener, ON
• Daniel Mateus, St.Catharines, ON
• Hannah Payumo, Winnipeg, MB
• Marianne Goyette, Boucherville, QC
• Brandon Taschuk, Vernon, BC
• Audrey Bessette, St-Jerome, QC
• Nicholas Johnson, Montreal, QC
. Megan Wisselink, Ardrossan, AB

Honorouble mention:

. Margaret Tarzwell – NT
. Jonathan Bragg – SK
. Bailey Muir – YT
. Graham Burton – ON
. Rachel Bannerman – ON
. Julia Mombourquette – NS
. Ariane Lalonde – QC

BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS OF 2013

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 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 eighth 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, 2013, 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 2013 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize are:

1. Andrew Watson (ON)
2. Max Wiltzer (QC)
3. Miranda LaBrash (SK)
4. Aidan Ingalls (NB)
5. Jeremy Rivest (QC)
6. Nicole Lin (BC)
7. Allison Harrod (AB)
8. Kelly Li (ON)
9. Connor Klauck (ON)
10. Rebeccah Allen (PEI)
11. Claire Honda (BC)
12. Alice Delsert (France)
13. Elly Brooker
14. Roxanne Wood
15. Caleb Perry (NS)
16. Kerry Poon (BC)

The runner ups winners of a week at Encounters with Canada in April 2014 are:

Lola Angus
Audrey Bessette
Gabriel Bourget
Philippe Cote
Nicholas Johnson
Marina Liu
Meghan McLeod
George Polanyi-Williamson
Audrey-Ann Remillard
Danielle Tan
Kristen Trevors
Annie Wu
Joy Yao

Congratulations to all of them.

VIMY FOUNDATION ALUMNI CELEBRATE CANADA DAY WITH THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS

The Vimy Foundation celebrated Canada Day at the Rogers Centre during the traditional Canada Day Game, this time between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Angels. The Ceremony was preceded by the presentation of the RCMP and the introduction of Veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces and three Beaverbrook alumni: Tamara Kitt, Taylor Hope and Reid Dobell who enjoyed the experience of being on the field before an audience of 36,000 people.

2012 BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS

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

 

 

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/656656

http://www.canadaforvisa.net/one-ridge-one-victory-one-nation-10-young-canadians-to-discover/

http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&func=display&sid=14317

http://article.wn.com/view/2012/04/09/One_ridge_one_victory_one_nation_11_young_Canadians_to_disco/

http://news.morningstar.com/all/canada-news-wire/20120409C4029/one-ridge-one-victory-one-nation-10-young-canadians-to-discover-significance-of-vimy-ridge-day.aspx

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201204090930CANADANWCANADAPR_C4029-1&params=timestamp%7C%7C04/09/2012%209:30%20AM%20ET%7C%7Cheadline%7C%7COne%20ridge%2C%20one%20victory%2C%20one%20nation%3A%2010%20young%20Canadians%20to%20discover%20significance%20of%20Vimy%20Ridge%20Day%7C%7CdocSource%7C%7CCanada%20Newswire%7C%7Cprovider%7C%7CACQUIREMEDIA

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/one-ridge-one-victory-one-133000321.html

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

http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news/article/1318968–vimy-ridge-battle-remembered

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

http://www.durhamregion.com/news/article/1322593–northumberland-and-durham-students-head-to-vimy-ridge-for-95th-anniversary

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/04/09/vimy-ridge-anniversary-canada-johnston.html?cmp=rss

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/CanadaAM/20120409/commemorating-95-years-since-the-WWI-battle-of-vimy-ridge-france-120409/

And in Ottawa:

http://www.expressottawa.ca/Actualites/2012-04-05/article-2948230/En-memoire-de-Vimy/1

Cenotaph, Toronto 95th Anniversary

Intervue avec Nicholas Alexandris

Including the fundraiser at the French Embassy:

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Battle+Vimy+Ridge+remembered+years+later/6429955/story.html

And in Toronto:

Cenotaph, Toronto, April 9, 2012

http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120409/120409_vimy_ridge/20120409/?hub=CP24Home

NEW PRIZE CATEGORY FOR BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE

New for 2011, the Vimy Foundation will be offering ten prizes for Canadian students who win honourable mention. These ten winners will each earn a place at Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age, a special educational week at Encounters with Canada in Ottawa. One more reason to submit your Beaverbrook Vimy Prize application today!

 

PRIZE ALUMNI MEET DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

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.