Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
National Capital Commission

National Capital Commission

February 10, 2011 18:45 ET

Minister Blackburn Honours Women's Military Service at Winterlude 2011

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) and Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission, honoured the service of women in the Canadian Forces by illuminating a special ice sculpture tonight as part of Winterlude 2011. 

"Too often, we overlook the contribution of the millions of Canadian women in the Canadian Forces who defended and continue to defend, at home and abroad, the values we all share," said Minister Blackburn. "Their service and their sacrifices are clearly evident in this year's ice sculpture."

Women first joined the ranks of the army as nurses 126 years ago. Women have since taken part in a variety of aspects of military life, now joining their male counterparts on the frontlines, operating submarines, providing necessary intelligence support and patrolling battlefields. Women currently make up 15 per cent of the Forces. 

The 2011 Winterlude Ice Sculpture includes a replica of the Nursing Sisters' Memorial, displayed in the Hall of Honour in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. The original marble memorial, unveiled in 1926, tells the story of Nursing Sisters in Canada. The bas-relief of the memorial depicts the sisters, as they aided wounded soldiers and children alike. The Veterans Affairs Canada "Canada Remembers" logo was also created in ice. 

"During this edition of Winterlude, we are pleased to celebrate 126 years of women serving proudly in the Canadian military," said Marie Lemay. "The National Capital Commission welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Veterans Affairs Canada in paying tribute in Canada's Capital Region to these brave women."

The ice sculpture is located at Rogers Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, downtown Ottawa. For more information on Winterlude 2011, visit www.winterlude.gc.ca. For more information on women in the military, visit www.forces.ca/en/page/women-92, and for more information about the Nursing Sisters' Memorial, visit veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252
    or
    National Capital Commission
    Lucie Caron
    Director of Communications
    613-239-5636
    Cell: 613-859-9565