Beaverbrook Vimy Prize Blog – 7 August 2017

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize participants and chaperones, ready to fly out of Toronto Pearson International Airport on 7 August 2017.

Today students selected from across Canada have embarked on the Vimy Foundation’s Beaverbrook Vimy Prize! Follow our 2017 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize recipients as they blog about their First and Second World War history education experience! (Please note: participants will blog in their mother tongue.)  Today’s first blogs come from our four chaperones.

Today is our departure day for the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize and we are so excited to begin the program with our outstanding scholars from across Canada, England and France. The students have done much personal preparation through reading, study and researching and in connecting with a soldier from their hometown who they are going to commemorate at their resting place. We are excited to engage them in discussions and activities to make sense of their experiences and will work together to document what they have learned in order to share with their families, classmates and communities upon their return home. The 2017 BVP program will indeed be a life-changing experience. We look forward to sharing the stories of our journey with you!

-Katy Whitfield, 2017 BVP Education Coordinator & Chaperone


I am delighted to be embarking upon another Beaverbrook Vimy Prize program and so excited to meet this year’s incredible students. As the UK Coordinator for the program, part of my job involves arriving early to make sure everything is in order, so I am already in Harrow; I look forward to welcoming the rest of the group here tomorrow morning! Our philosophy on the BVP is that it is teaching students how to think critically about war and remembrance that is most important, and they are about to have a very full two weeks of challenging and engaging learning.

-Hanna Smyth, 2017 BVP Coordinator for the UK & Chaperone


As a first-time chaperone in the BVP program, I’m so excited to meet all of our scholars, who are already such accomplished young people. I’m looking forward to learning from you and with you about the histories of the men and women from our communities who served in the First and Second World Wars as we visit many sites of personal and national significance to all of us. Let the learning adventure begin!

-Rachel Collishaw, 2017 BVP Chaperone


This is a full-circle moment for me: I was a participant on the 2009 BVP and it is a joy to be a chaperone this year. The students have worked hard to prepare for the program and I am thrilled to be accompanying them and to learn from them. The chaperone team, which I am honoured to be a part of, has also worked hard preparing an educational program to challenge, inspire, and educate the BVP participants. Each day, two or three of the participants will use this space to share with you what they’ve seen, learned, and felt throughout the program. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.

-Thomas Littlewood, 2017 BVP Chaperone

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