Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 14, 2008 17:39 ET

Canada's Government Helps Groups Honour Veterans in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, announced today federal Government support for four projects in British Columbia 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."

"Many organizations in British Columbia have created programs that encourage people to get involved in their communities and strive to educate Canadian youth about the importance of remembrance," said Minister Day. "I am delighted that our Government is offering support for these important events and projects."

The British Columbia projects received $16,000 as part of a national funding announcement Minister Thompson made earlier today. The Government of Canada is providing more than $115,000 to community-led remembrance projects across the country. Please see attached backgrounder for more information on projects in British Columbia.

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


Community Engagement Partnership Fund: British Columbia

From August 1 to November 14, 2008, the following projects in British Columbia were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

801 (Vancouver) Wing Air Force Association of Canada - $3,500 to support the 2008 Battle of Britain Commemorative Parade. The event commemorated the 68th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Canadian Military Education Centre - $5,000 to support "The History of the Canadian Military" event, featuring booths and exhibits chronicling the history of the Canadian military. The event brings Canadian military history to life so the students and the general public never forget the sacrifices made by the generations that came before them.

The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) - $5,000 for the one-woman show entitled Jake's Gift. The performance depicted the story of a Second World War Veteran who reluctantly returns to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy and befriends a local 10-year-old girl. The show celebrated the healing power of friendship and the legacy of remembrance.

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada, Victoria Unit #12 - $2,500 for the organization's 90th anniversary celebrations. The Victoria Unit #12 is the oldest Veterans' organization in British Columbia. Celebrations recognize the achievements of Veterans, Peacekeepers and those who are currently serving.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications