Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 14, 2008 18:09 ET

Canada's Government Helps Groups Honour Veterans in Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today federal government support for two projects in Prince Edward Island 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."

"Projects like these provide communities on Prince Edward Island with the opportunity to remember the sacrifices and celebrate the accomplishments of our Veterans and Canadian Forces members," said Minister Shea. "I am delighted that our Government is supporting these initiatives."

The Prince Edward Island projects received more than $1,600 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 Prince Edward Island.

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: Prince Edward Island

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

North Shore Community Council, Prince Edward Island - $820 for the 10th annual Remembrance Day ceremony and reception. Event included: prayers, singing of hymns and O Canada, wreath laying, playing of the Last Post and Reveille and the reading of the winning Remembrance Day essay by an area youth.

Uigg-Kinross-Grandview Women's Institute - $800 to support a remembrance project which included students collecting photographs and writing biographies about local Veterans and participating in an annual essay contest. The entire collection was unveiled during a Remembrance Day Ceremony and will be featured at a local community centre.

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