April 2017 will mark the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. We will have a unique opportunity to remember the legacy of Vimy Ridge, to spread awareness of Canada’s coming-of-age on the global stage, and to celebrate our identity and pride to be Canadian.
The Vimy Classroom Challenge invited teachers and students across Canada to participate in this legacy project – raising funds for the Foundation’s 2017 centennial activities and raising awareness in their schools and communities for this important anniversary. Over 15 school groups participated in this Challenge, and together raised over $15,000 for the upcoming centennial anniversaries.
We are proud to announce that Central Algoma Secondary School is the winner of the Vimy Classroom Challenge Grand Prize! Six students and their teacher, Marla Adamson-Barber, will join the Vimy Foundation and EF Educational Tours Canada for the centennial celebrations in Vimy, France in April 2017. Travel is generously provided by EF Educational Tours Canada, a leader in providing life-changing travel experiences to students. The school is planning to continue fundraising in order that an additional 12 students from the school will be able join the trip.
Vimy Ridge has remained a key part of our national understanding as a country because many of today’s core Canadian values were on display for the first time, collectively, at Vimy and were clearly a contributing factor to the battle’s success: leadership, teamwork and innovation.
The Vimy Foundation is proud that students across Canada have exemplified these traits in the work that they do, demonstrated through their work in the Vimy Classroom Challenge, and in their commendable efforts to take up the torch of remembrance.
Central Algoma Secondary School
Central Algoma Intermediate School
Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School
Thank you to all the schools who participated.
Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute – Whitby, Ontario
Cole Harbour District High School – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Dunnville Secondary School – Dunnville, Ontario
Edenrose P.S. – Mississauga, Ontario
Father Leo J. Austin CSS – Pickering, Ontario
Garrison Road Public School – Fort Erie, Ontario
Menihek High School – Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador
Mount Albert Public School – Mount Albert, Alberta
Oakridge Secondary School – London, Ontario
Richmond Regional High School – Richmond, Quebec
Rockyview Schools Community Learning Centre – Cochrane, Alberta
Rutland Middle School – Kelowna, British Columbia
St. Anthony’s School – Drumheller, Alberta