Announcing the 2017 Vimy Pilgrimage Award winners!

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their acts may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country. This award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in France and Belgium, to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort.

Scheduled for April 7 – 16, 2017, the week will include classroom education and daily field trips to important First World War sites. The 2017 visit to Vimy will be a unique occasion: on April 9, students will be joined by thousands of others from Canada and around the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic battle.

17 Canadian students were selected this year from over 300 outstanding applicants. Thank you to all who applied! We appreciate your interest in and dedication to Canadian history and community service. Our 8 European participants will be announced in 2017.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Brendan Armstrong – Hamilton, Ontario
Charlotte Armstrong – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Napoleon Barcena-El Khoury – Gatineau, Quebec
Rachel Barlow – Calgary, Alberta
Sasha Emery – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Jinha Kim – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ady King – Island View, New Brunswick
Alison Klein – Guelph, Ontario
Sarah Lewis – Windsor, Ontario
Jake Moores – Oshawa, Ontario
Hazel Pangilinan – Vancouver, British Columbia
Zacharie Poulin – Chelsea, Quebec
Abhayjeet Sachal – Surrey, British Columbia
Rose Schoonhoven – Cambridge, Nova Scotia
Maisyn Sock – Eskasoni, Nova Scotia
Emma Wallace – Sussex, New Brunswick
Raymond Yang – Wallaceburg, Ontario

And congratulations to our European participants!

Tegan Gregory, Scotland, UK
Chelsea Hindryckx, Belgium
Guillaume Jacquet de Haveskercke, Belgium
Gaëlle Joly, France
Simon Maurer, Germany
Jayne Monaghan, Northern Ireland, UK
Fiona Thiel, Germany
Théophile Wallaert, France


Thank you to the Peter Cundill Foundation for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.  Established in 2012, The Peter Cundill Foundation honours the legacy of renowned Canadian investment fund manager and philanthropist, F. Peter Cundill FCA, CFA, 1938-2011. The Foundation has an emphasis on promoting the health, education and wellbeing of young people.

Thank you to Canada’s History and to EF Educational Tours Canada for their ongoing support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.