SOUTHAMPTON, ON, Sept. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron–Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced Government of Canada support for the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre's Great War Centenary Project.
As a historical exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the Great War Centenary Project, will include a variety of components, reaching out to adults, youth and Veterans to generate awareness and educate its visitors about Canada's contributions during the Great War.
These initiatives are taking place during Canada's World Wars Commemoration period, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. The Government of Canada is committed to honouring all Canadian men and women who bravely served our country during these wars.
For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
- The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre will receive $5,000, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund (CEPF), to support the exhibit and programming during the 11-month initiative.
- To date, the Government of Canada has provided more than $23 million through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, toward 1,289 projects across Canada.
- The Great War Centenary Project will be displayed from January 1 to November 30, 2015, at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton, Ontario, to commemorate the centennial of the First World War.
- The Great War Centenary Project is a community-based exhibit that will encompass a variety of components including a lecture and film series, workshops, demonstrations and musical and theatrical productions all based on the First World War.
"Our government is proud to support community events that ensure Canadians will never forget the sacrifices made by Veterans. These exhibits provide meaningful ways to bring youth and communities together in honour of the great contributions and achievements of those who have served."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I am pleased our government is partnering with the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in their efforts to raise awareness of the legacy of Canada's Veterans. I would like to extend my appreciation to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre for encouraging our community to gather in honour of our brave men and women."
Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron–Bruce
"We are extremely pleased to receive this funding from the Government of Canada. A big part of the Museum experience is through programming and with these funds, we will be able to provide a number of programming events that will complement the First World War exhibit which will also open in 2015."
Cathy McGirr, Acting Director/Curator, Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468