The 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients

January 23, 2019

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award. This award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to volunteer work through positive contributions, notable deeds, or bravery that benefits their peers, school, community, province, or country.

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. The program, scheduled for April 2–10, 2019 features daily visits to important First World War sites including museums, cemeteries, and historic battlefields, as well as participation in the Vimy Day commemoration ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

20 students were selected from across Canada. We are so thankful to everyone who applied and appreciate your dedication to community service and your interest in Canadian history.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Stephanie Budden – Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador
Keneisha Charles – Kelowna, British Columbia
Katie Clyburne – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Zachary Collins – Toronto, Ontario
David He – Burnaby, British Columbia
Faith Emiry – Massey, Ontario
Elizabeth Gagné – Regina, Saskatchewan
Rosalie Gendron – Lévis, Québec
Cassandra Gillen – Pointe-Claire, Québec
Brooke Glazier – North Vancouver, British Columbia
Aidan Hupé – Whitehorse, Yukon
Gillian Huppee – Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
Navjot Kaur Khaira – Surrey, British Columbia
Andrew Poirier – York (Haldimand County), Ontario
David Pugh – Brantford, Ontario
Emma Roy – Sainte-Sophie, Québec
Declan Sander – Lethbridge, Alberta
Joon Hyeong Sohn – Surrey, British Columbia
Theo Thompson-Armstrong – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Eric Weidmann – Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta


Thank you to our lead sponsor Scotiabank for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential.



This program is also sponsored by Air Canada: The First World War is an important, strategic moment in Canadian history and Air Canada is proud to support our youth and tomorrow’s leaders by sponsoring the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, allowing 20 exceptional teenagers from across Canada to learn and remember.

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


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