Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 19, 2008 16:57 ET

Canada's Government Helps Groups Honour Veterans in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced today federal government support for two projects in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our Government is proud to support organizations that recognize the importance of bringing people together in the name of remembrance, not just during Veterans' Week, but throughout the year," said Minister Thompson. "By leading remembrance ceremonies and events, our communities are making sure the memory of our Veterans and brave men and women of the Canadian Forces will live on for future generations."

"These projects are wonderful examples of organizations in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador that are taking time to honour those who served and died protecting Canadian values," said Minister MacKay. "I am pleased that our Government is supporting these remembrance initiatives."

The Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador projects received $10,000 as part of a recent national funding announcement made by Minister Thompson. The Government of Canada is providing $115, 000 to community-led remembrance projects across the country. Please see attached backgrounder for more information on projects in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador

From August 1 to November 14, 2008, the following projects in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

Eastern Front Theatre, Nova Scotia - $5,000 to support Vimy, a theatrical production that tells the story of four soldiers recuperating in a field hospital after the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Nightly performances and matinee performances of this commemorative play were presented to junior high students in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

New Curtain Theatre, Newfoundland and Labrador - $5,000 to support the play, Mary's Wedding. The performance is about the effects of war on young love and how those at home remember those who go away. As an educational component, teachers are presented with a study guide before performances at local schools. The performances are scheduled in Clarenville and St. John's.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649