Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 18, 2011 14:15 ET

The Government of Canada Honours Jean-Charles Forbes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), Daniel Petit, Member of Parliament for Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles, announced today up to $2,880 in federal government support for a cultural event in the city of Québec to honour Jean-Charles Forbes, a Quebec Veteran with a brilliant military career, who later became a painter.

"Our government is proud to support cultural events like this one that encourage Canadian youth to come together in remembrance," said Minister Blackburn. "The men and women who served during times of war and peace deserve to be honoured for their great contributions and achievements."

To mark the birthday of Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Charles Forbes, RMWO, a posthumous tribute was paid at an opening of an art exhibit of 40 of his paintings. Lt.-Col. Forbes represents numerous Quebeckers who distinguished themselves during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #265 (Québec) invited 60 high school students to the opening of the Jean-Charles Forbes exhibition at the Québec Garrison Club on Friday, March 18, 2011. Three well-known Québec public figures facilitated the tour: Major-General Alain Forand, who presented the Victoria Cross room; Ms. Willeke Pierik Blanchet, the Netherlands honorary consul in Quebec, who presented a testimonial from the people of the Netherlands on Jean-Charles Forbes' place in their national history; and Mr. Alain Stanké, filmmaker and publisher, who presented excerpts of his upcoming documentary on the life of Jean-Charles Forbes: Le dernier des fantassins.

"I commend the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #265 on bringing high school students together to recognize the military history of these works of art," said Daniel Petit. "Not only are Veterans honoured during the exhibit, but their stories will live on for generations through events like this one."

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 or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, to obtain a list of the other funded projects or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Marie-Eve Roy
    Communications Advisor
    Cell: 514-438-7303