Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 19:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Calgary Military Museums Society's Student Research Contest

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the winners of the Calgary Military Museums Society's Student Research Contest with their prizes at a reception today at the Calgary Military Museums.

"Engaging Canadian youth in our military history is a great way to pass on the importance of commemoration to tomorrow's leaders," said Minister Thompson. "We are proud to support initiatives that expand their knowledge and encourage them to keep alive the memory of our Veterans' sacrifices."

"This Student Research Contest is a wonderful vehicle to engage Canadian youth in remembrance and commemoration," said Mr. Richardson. "The submissions presented today were outstanding and inspiring."

"It was inspiring to see the students' varied perspectives and connections of how peacekeeping has shaped our nation at home and abroad," said Tom Leppard, Chair of the Calgary Military Museums Society Education Committee. "The submissions are of outstanding quality. The panel of judges was most impressed with the level of creativity of all the students."

The Government of Canada is providing $13,000 in funding per year for the next three years in support of the Calgary Military Museums Society's Annual Alberta Student Research Contest. Funding provided by Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund supports the museum's annual research contest. The contest engages Alberta students and offers them the chance to learn more about Canada's military history through fun and exciting experiences. First- and second-place winners from each of the three categories of the 2008/2009 contest are awarded a nine-day tour of Canada's battlefields in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Third-place winners are each awarded $500.

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.

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

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