Contest: 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial. The legacy of Vimy extends to the monument itself as a fine example of our cultural heritage. Designed by Walter Allward, it pays a lasting tribute to our people and is recognized globally as an important piece of innovative Canadian art.

Share your favorite images of the monument with us from Monday July 25 to Friday July 29. Our top three favorite photos will win a Vimy Foundation prize pack!

1. Post a photo that highlights the beauty and meaning of the Vimy monument on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Tag @vimyfoundation and use the hashtag #VimyMemorial80. Winners will be announced on Monday August 1.

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Thank you to Hanna Smyth for the beautiful photo of our Vimy Pilgrimage Award students at Vimy in April 2016. займ без отказа

Meet our Staff

Caitlin Bailey – Executive Director 

An accomplished non-profit leader and public history professional, Caitlin Bailey joins the Vimy Foundation from the Canadian Centre for the Great War in Montreal where she has served as executive director since 2014. Caitlin is committed to ensuring the longevity of the memory of the Great War in Canadian life, and to finding new and interesting ways to tell its story.

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Claire Carny – Administrative and Billing Coordinator


Claire has always been passionate about customer service and helping organizations run as smoothly as possible. She’s also an ardent believer that Canadian history isn’t ‘boring’! Claire handles general inquiries, processes your merchandise orders, contributes to a variety of projects and is the go to person for the many requests that pop up in the office on a daily basis.

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Alicia Dotiwalla – Education Lead

Alicia has been working in the field of public history for more than a decade. Having worked at local, national and international heritage organizations in Canada and in France, she is passionate about history, education and the power of individual and community stories.


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Pamela Plamondon – Special projects coordinator

Recently graduated with a master in museum studies, Pamela has focused mostly on the conservation and communication of tangible and intangible heritage, at a national and international level. As the special projects coordinator of The Vimy Foundation, she wishes to contribute to the transmission of the living and unique history of the site, strong of its numerous testimonies and resolutely forward-looking.


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Guillaume Bouchard – Communications coordinator

Grad student in egyptology (he will soon complete his Ph.D. thesis), Guillaume Bouchard is also fascinated by the history of Québec and Canada. For the last three years, he created projects with the objective of solidifying bonds between academia and population, give a voice to the ordinary people and to deepen our knowledge of uncharted historical territory.


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Minister Hehr thanks the Vimy Foundation

Minister Hehr thanks the Vimy Foundation for commitment to Visitor Education Centre under construction at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial

July 3, 2016 — Vimy, France

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and members of a Canadian delegation marking the centennial anniversaries of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel today attended a remembrance ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Minister Hehr then joined Vimy Foundation student alumnus Xavier Delporte in viewing progress on a new Visitor Education Centre. The centre is scheduled to open April 2017 as part of commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.


Minister Hehr Xavier DelporteMinister Hehr congratulated the Vimy Foundation for raising $5 million in support of the new Visitor Education Centre. This matches the Government of Canada’s commitment and brings the project’s total budget to $10 million. To mark his first visit to the monument, Mr. Delporte presented Minister Hehr with a Vimy Pilgrimage medal.


“The Government of Canada thanks the members of the Vimy Foundation for their commitment and for their leadership in ensuring Canada’s legacy of remembrance continues. This new centre will help us share the stories of those who bravely served during the First World War and provide visitors with insight into why the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is such an important symbol for our country.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“We are very thankful for the support of corporate Canada and the charitable foundations, philanthropists and individual Canadians whose generous contributions have helped us reach our ambitious fundraising goal. We join the Government of Canada and all Canadians in anticipation of the opening of the Visitor Education Centre and commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017.”

Christopher Sweeney, Chair of the Vimy Foundation

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