Army Cadet Cpl. Ciaran Dodds stepped up to the Vimy pin-selling challenge and sold 672 pins in just a few short months! The 14-year-old from Strathroy, Ontario, received the Vimy Pilgrimage Award for his hard work and dedication and will be joining 28 other outstanding youth from across Canada for a week long trip in Europe. Congratulations to Cadet Cpt. Dodds! For the full story, please click the following link:


Congratulations to all the winners of the First Vimy Pilgrimage Award:
Kendall Ashcroft, Winnipeg Manitoba

Rushad Bharda, Mississauga, Ontario

Siobhan Bligh, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Zachary Brown, Toronto, Ontario

Helen Cashman, Edmonton, Alberta

Clair Chang, Vancouver, British Columbia

David Clark, Toronto, Ontario

Katherine Charness, Toronto, Ontario

David Cross, Vancouver, British Columbia

Jocelyn Davis, Calgary, Alberta

Laurence Dubé, Québec, Québec

Dominique Doucette, McLeods, New Brunswick

Laurence Jourdain, Mille-Isles, Québec

Allap Judge, Calgary, Alberta

James Leask, St. Catharines, Ontario

Marc-André Leblanc, Eel River Crossing, New Brunswick

Hunter Marriott, Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia

Melissa Martel, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick

Eamonn O’Keeffe, Toronto, Ontario

Jillian Pappas, Toronto Ontario

Caitlin Prater, Airdrie Alberta

Erika Pugh, Upper Caverhill, New Brunswick

Abigail Reid, Belleville, Ontario

Andrew Sterling, Toronto, Ontario

Georgia E. Stylianides, Vancouver, British Columbia

Bailey Whitehouse, Augusta, Ontario


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.


On Wednesday May 3 2012, the Bank of Canada unveiled the new Vimy themed $20 bill. The Vimy Foundation was represented by nine students from Notre-Dame High Shool in Ottawa who had travelled to Vimy in April to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. On wednesday these students had the opportunity to witness the launch of the new bill first hand and were greeted by the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mr. Carney and Minister Flaherty. They also visited the currency Museum with Mr. Gerry Gaetz, Chief of Currency.


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–vimy-ridge-battle-remembered

The 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was commemorated in France:–northumberland-and-durham-students-head-to-vimy-ridge-for-95th-anniversary

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


Battle of Vimy Ridge celebrations to start on April 4th

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney received yesterday a Vimy Pin from two Vimy Foundation alumni in preparation for the 95th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge Day, which will be commemorated on April 9th. See story at

Canadians will be invited to participate in a variety of Vimy Week activities (April 1st to April 9th) and to learn more about their Canadian heritage.

“Canada’s contribution, sacrifice and determination in World War I, as best represented by the Battle of Vimy Ridge, were pivotal in shaping the course of our nation,” said David Houghton, President of the Vimy Foundation. “The Vimy Foundation believes that the key to a successful future lies in knowing one’s past, and this unique pin helps us to share the remarkable story of Vimy with younger generations.”

The Vimy Foundation, with the gracious help of Shaw Communications who made this year’s pin campaign possible, will celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy with various awareness activities, including fundraising, educational and commemoration events. More information will be unveiled in the coming weeks.


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, to see official photos of the event.