The Durham West Arts Centre, Ontario Power Generation and the Royal
Canadian Legion, Ontario Branch, partner to honour veterans and war
workers with the third Reading and Remembrance project: Women and War.
PICKERING, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Allied women were war artists, decoders,
pilots, spies, ambulance drivers, munitions and postal workers in World War
II. Over 500,000 Canadian women played significant roles in Canada's war
effort; female participation among the Allies reached into the millions. The
Durham West Arts Centre's Reading and Remembrance 2007, with Ontario Power
Generation as its chief sponsor, features the roles played by women in defence
of their countries.
"The stories of these female heroes add inspiring highlights to the
significant roles played by veterans, male and female," says Angie
Littlefield, key researcher for the teacher resources found at www.dwac.ca
"When young people read about the Wrens who stood to sing "Land of Hope and
Glory" at a remote Canadian base upon hearing of the Allied victory or about
the female African-American soldiers who, against all odds, got the mail
moving in Europe, they will be impressed."
Teachers who register and participate with their students receive a
specially created poster featuring the roles of women in war. The 2005
materials on "In Flanders Fields" and the 2006 materials on Holocaust and
Anti-Racism education are available to use as well. Teachers may use any of
the three years' materials to take part and may vary the time of the project.
"The idea is that we wish to promote the literary arts, support veterans and
preserve Canadian heritage. We're very flexible about how teachers use our
materials to do that," says Gary Faulkner, the project's manager.
For further information:
For further information: Gary Faulkner, Interim Manager, (905) 686-1325,
Durham West Arts Centre