Over 200 government officials, business leaders, military personnel, and students attended the sixth annual Vimy Reception at the stunning Embassy of France on April 20th. Thank you to our host, his Excellence Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of France to Canada, and to our guest speakers: the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence; and Kiana Gibson, 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award winner.
With only one year until the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canada’s defining moment of the First World War, thank you to all who joined us for helping to celebrate not only Canada’s legacy of leadership, innovation, and teamwork, but also the cultural heritage of the beautiful monument itself.
At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy in April 1917. That’s why we develop education programs and awareness building campaigns to help youth learn more about the sacrifices made by an entire generation 100 years ago – a time when Canada came of age and was recognized on the world stage.
“I don’t think I will ever forget the chills I got when I ran my hand across a few of the 11,285 of names on the Vimy memorial, or the incredible sense of pride I felt to be singing the national anthem alongside hundreds of other Canadians in France.” – Kiana Gibson, 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award winner.
Thank you to our generous sponsors of the 2016 Vimy Reception:
Photos of the event can be found in this album on our Facebook page.
Thank you to our 2016 Vimy Reception Committee:
Bruce Burrows (Chair) • Jeremy Diamond • Tom Clark • Michael Chong • David Houghton • Gilles LeVasseur
Louise Mercier • Sean Murray • Mark O’Neil • David Pratt • Tina Sarellas • Jayne Watson