Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 19, 2009 16:51 ET

Minister Thanks Veterans for Sharing Their Stories

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, thanked volunteers with The Memory Project today for sharing their stories of service and sacrifice with young people across the country.

A program of the Dominion Institute, The Memory Project includes a Speakers' Bureau, bringing Veterans to classrooms and community groups across Canada. Minister Thompson spoke to a group of volunteers today in Toronto to personally thank them for their efforts.

"By telling your stories and by sharing your experiences, you are ensuring that the sacrifices and achievements of the brave men and women who served our country will be kept alive for generations to come," said Minister Thompson. "Thanks to the Dominion Institute and volunteers with The Memory Project, young Canadians are inspired to take individual responsibility for remembering and honouring our nation's truest heroes."

Last fall, Minister Thompson announced that the Government of Canada would provide funding of up to $450,000 to the Dominion Institute over three years for The Memory Project. The funding support is provided jointly through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund and through the Canadian Studies Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

"Support from the Government of Canada is helping Veterans who volunteer with The Memory Project to share their stories with more than 175,000 young Canadians every year," said Marc Chalifoux, the Dominion Institute's Executive Director. "By making Canada's military history come alive, these Veterans are helping to educate a whole new generation of Canadian citizens."

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events.

Administered through Veterans Affairs Canada's Canada Remembers Program, contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, call 1-877-604-8489 or visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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
    or
    The Dominion Institute
    Marc Chalifoux
    Executive Director
    416-602-9721
    marc@dominion.ca