Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 19, 2009 16:55 ET

Government of Canada Helps Southwestern Ontario Groups Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today federal government support for three projects in southwestern Ontario honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Teeswater Town Hall Management Board will present 1918: Boy Soldier to the students from Grades 6 to 12 in the Bluewater District and Avon-Maitland District school boards as well as the Grey-Bruce Roman Catholic school board on November 6, 2009. The Western Fair Association held its 58th annual Warriors' Day Parade on September 12, 2009, in London. The Windsor Historical Society is organizing a Veterans' Memories Project in September/ October 2009.

"Our government is proud to support community events like these so that we never forget the sacrifices made by our nation's truest heroes: our Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "The men and women who served during times of war and peace deserve to be honoured and remembered for their countless contributions to our country."

"I applaud these organizations for promoting the accomplishments of Canada's Veterans," said Minister Finley. "By bringing youth, Veterans and the community together to learn and remember, we ensure that the legacy will be passed on for generations to come."

A total of 24 community-led remembrance groups across the country are receiving a combined total of $85,425 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the projects in southwestern Ontario. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

BACKGROUNDER

Community Engagement Partnership Fund: Southwestern Ontario

The following three projects in southwestern Ontario were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

Teeswater Town Hall Management Board (Teeswater) – $3,000 for a play entitled 1918: Boy Soldier to be held on November 6, 2009, in Teeswater.

Teeswater Town Hall Management Board will present a play entitled 1918: Boy Soldier to the students from Grades 6 to 12 in the Bluewater District and Avon-Maitland District school boards as well as the Grey-Bruce Roman Catholic school board. The play is set in southern Ontario in 1918 and explores the effects of the First World War on rural Ontario. The event should reach approximately 520 students and teachers.

Western Fair Association (London) – $5,000 for the Warriors' Day Parade held on September 12, 2009.

The Western Fair Association held its 58th annual Warriors' Day Parade in London, Ontario. Each year Veterans, Canadian Forces members, cadets and military bands participate in the parade. This year's event included the Toronto Signals Band, the Governor General's Horse Guard ceremonial horse troop, antique military vehicles and First World War re-enactors. The parade went through the streets of London and ended at the grandstand on the fair grounds. A Warriors' Day luncheon and award ceremony was held following the parade.

Windsor Historical Society (Windsor) – $3,000 for the Veterans' Memories Project in September/October 2009.

The Windsor Historical Society is organizing an event where Veterans will speak to Grade 10 history students about their wartime experiences. The Veterans will speak about their role in the Canadian Forces, share their experiences and memories and give details on where and when they served. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the Veterans. This experience will be recorded and distributed to school boards across Canada.

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