OTTAWA, March 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - During his Economic Action Plan
speech the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced that
$5 Million dollars would be set aside in the budget for the
construction of a new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy
The Vimy Foundation is honoured to be recognized as the main fundraising
partner in the construction of a new Education Centre and commends the
Federal Government's commitment as a positive first step towards making
the Centre a reality. The Vimy Foundation is looking to raise $20
Million for this project.
"This is great news and a great start," said David Houghton, president
of the Vimy Foundation. "I am confident that the Federal Government's
commitment will help to encourage Canadians and Canadian corporations
to show their pride and support for the Education Centre."
By increasing awareness of the Canadian legacy of the Battle at Vimy
Ridge, and honouring the memory of those who fought and lost their
lives at the site, the new Education Centre will provide an interactive
environment where countless visitors from around the world can learn
about the remarkable story of Canada's coming of age during the First
"Having the weight of the Government of Canada behind this initiative is
monumental," said Christopher Sweeney, Chair, Vimy 2017 Committee. "It
allows us to take a giant leap forward towards bringing the Education
Centre at the Vimy Memorial to life."
With the Government of Canada's financial support, the Vimy Foundation
can now move ahead with plans for the construction of the innovative
facility, with the aim of completion before the 100th anniversary of
the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.
About the Vimy Foundation
The Vimy Foundation is a registered charity founded in 2006. The mission
of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada's First World
War legacy as symbolized with the victory of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
in April 1917, a milestone when Canada came of age and was then
recognized on the world stage.
Inspired by those events, the Foundation created the Beaverbrook Vimy
Prize, which brings together youth from Canada, the United
Kingdom, and France in an effort to give them a better appreciation of
their interwoven histories. As well, the foundation has introduced the
Vimy Pilgrimage Award, where youth from across the country are given
the opportunity to visit memorial sites in Europe. The foundation also
sponsors Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age, a unique educational experience
for youth at Encounters with Canada in Ottawa every year in April. To
learn more, visit www.vimyfoundation.ca.
SOURCE: Vimy Foundation
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