Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 22, 2005 13:24 ET

Scouts Across Canada to Present 150,000 'Thank You' Crests to Veterans as Part of 2005 the Year of the Veteran


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FOR: VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA

MARCH 22, 2005 - 13:24 ET

Scouts Across Canada to Present 150,000 'Thank You'
Crests to Veterans as Part of 2005 the Year of the
Veteran

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) - The Honourable Albina
Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, together with Mike Scott, Chief
Commissioner, Scouts Canada, launched the "Invitation to Remember"
program today in the Barney Danson Theatre at the new Canadian War
Museum as part of 2005 the Year of the Veteran. This year, Scouts
across Canada will present 150,000 "thank you" crests to veterans in
their communities in appreciation and honour of their sacrifice for
Canada.

"There is a greater goal - to remind the nation that we still have a
debt to a selfless generation of Canadians," said Minister Guarnieri.
"It is a debt we cannot pay back, so we have to pay it forward."

"Scouts Canada's 'Invitation to Remember' program provides youth with a
very valuable educational opportunity. Personal interaction with
Canada's veterans will allow them to feel a more direct linkage with
these special Canadians," explained Mike Scott, Chief Commissioner,
Scouts Canada. "This will be a unique experience for each youth whereby
they can individually learn more about veterans and express their thanks
and appreciation."

The crest is designed to be worn as part of the veterans' civilian
attire. The crest incorporates the words "Thank You" in acknowledgment
of all that veterans have done to protect peace and freedom worldwide.
It also includes the Year of the Veteran identifier, a poppy for
remembrance and a gold maple leaf to represent Canada and its citizens.

As part of its initiative to promote remembrance, Scouts Canada is also
revising the requirements for earning Citizenship and Purple Star badges
to include remembrance as a key element of merit. Scouts Canada's Leader
Magazine will also feature Year of the Veteran articles throughout 2005.
The articles will reach up to 28,000 Scout leaders and encourage them
to promote participation in remembrance events, including VE-Day events
in May, within their Scout groups.

Funding for the Scouts Canada "Invitation to Remember" program and other
activities was provided by Veterans Affairs Canada's Year of the Veteran
Partnership Fund, which assists organizations in developing remembrance
programming. Funding for this initiative is provided for in the 2005
federal Budget.

Scouts Canada, the country's leading youth organization, offers fun,
safe, and exciting outdoor adventure for youth, age 5 to 26, in
communities across Canada. Over 94,000 young people enjoy Scouts
Canada's programs, which are provided by over 28,000 caring and
dedicated volunteers.

For more information about the "Invitation to Remember" program or
Scouts Canada, visit www.scouts.ca. For details on the Year of the
Veteran and planned initiatives in your area, or to view an image of the
"Thank You" crest, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at
www.vac-acc.gc.ca or call 1-800-443-0394.

2005 the Year of the Veteran: Celebrate. Honour. Remember. Teach. Thank.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Scouts Canada
    Jennifer Austin
    Director of Communications
    (613) 224-5134 ext.271
    jaustin@scouts.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Stephanie Lewis
    Press Secretary
    (613) 996-4649