Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 14, 2008 17:42 ET

Canada's Government Helps Groups Honour Veterans in Central Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable James Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced today federal government support for nine projects in central Ontario 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."

"There are many organizations in this region that make a great effort to honour those who have served our country and to tell the story of our brave men and women," said Minister Flaherty. "Our Government is proud to support them as they commemorate the sacrifices of all those who have served Canada with pride."

The central Ontario projects received more than $19,000 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 the region.

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: Central Ontario

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

Polish Combatants' Association in Canada Inc. - $1,000 to support the "Polish-Canadian Veterans' Tribute to the Canadian Veterans of Afghanistan". The program features tribute events at four branches in Ontario honouring the Canadian Veterans of Afghanistan. The events are part of a national project that will include events in 19 branches across the country and a large tribute event in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC) - $5,000 for the Veteran Soundslides project. Thirty digital audio stories created by youth using soundslides, roughly three minutes long with 20 to 30 pictures each, tell stories of Canadian War Veterans' or their descendants' personal experiences and contributions to our military history. The project is to be distributed to local on-line newspapers.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #375 (Richmond Hill) - $1,475 for a Candlelight Service and "A Veterans' Affair" Luncheon. The September Candlelight Service was held as a kick-off event for Legion Week activities to remember those Veterans who served in wartime and peacekeeping missions and have passed away since their return from duty. The November luncheon will be prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary, to pay homage to the Veterans in the community.

428 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association - $5,000 to support the re-dedication ceremony of the F-86 Sabre-Jet Memorial. The Sabre-Jet acts as a memorial to honour Canada's Air Force Veterans.

Academy Theatre Foundation for Performing Arts - $2,000 for the "Then and Now" dinner and dance. Veterans, students, cadets, family members of Veterans and local, provincial and federal dignitaries come together as a community tribute to the Veterans of zone F4.

Harmony United Church - $200 to support a breakfast with guest speaker Ted Barris, author of Victory at Vimy - Canada Comes of Age. The event featured a breakfast prepared by members of the men's breakfast club, a presentation by the author and a book signing. Harmony United Church purchased copies of the book to be donated to each of the two local high schools.

Burlington Public Library - $1,000 to support the Remembrance Day Memorial Service as part of their second annual One Book One Burlington program. The remembrance service provides an opportunity for the Burlington community to engage in activities promoting remembrance and understanding of the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war and peace.

Herb Miller Peace and Remembrance Project - $1,435 to support the production of Juno Beach: Blood Shed for Freedom. The play is a multi-sensory experience with grade eight students as actors, directors, researchers, and costume designers, realistic sets, real computer images and computer generated sound effects. The play re-creates the lives of men and women in the Canadian armed Forces and will help students and other participants reflect and learn about the sacrifices that have been made for freedom.

Dufferin County Museum and Archives - $2,500 for the creation of the Dufferin County Virtual War Memorial-a searchable database containing the names and information on the Dufferin County residents who served in the military throughout the community's history.

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