Vimy Foundation awards thirteen students from across Canada - 'Future leaders' selected as Vimy Prize winners

    MONTREAL, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce
today the 2009 winners of the Vimy Prize, a prestigious scholarship awarded to
students from across Canada.
    "Through their impressive submissions, these future leaders have proven
themselves to be the most deserving of this exciting opportunity," explains
Dan Leger, Vimy Foundation scholarship director. "It is our hope that the
experience of the Vimy Prize will further inspire them to share their
knowledge of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and its role in the evolution of

    The 2009 winners are:

    - Preston Arens, Salmon Arm BC       - Dylan Kocsis, Vineland ON
    - Liane Bernstein, Montreal-West QC  - Fabia Lisio, Montreal QC
    - Brock Bowman, Welland ON           - Thomas Littlewood, Fredericton NB
    - Christian Buchanan, Westmount QC   - Jessica Ross-Howkins,
    - Elise Buckley, Vancouver BC          Lennonxville QC
    - Kassym Dossel, Kelowna BC          - Avital Sternin, St. Catharines ON
    - Robin Finley, Calgary AB           - Tristan Williams, Fredericton NB

    Winners will take part in an intensive scholarship program in Europe in
mid-August. They will participate in educational seminars and museum events,
including visits to the iconic Vimy War Memorial and other historic
battlefields and gravesites.
    The Vimy Prize is awarded annually on the basis of essay submissions from
students across Canada. Participants must be 15-17 years old, and hold a 70%
grade average. Concurrent competitions also take place in the United Kingdom
and northern France.

    About the Foundation

    The Vimy Foundation is a registered charity founded in 2006 to make young
people more aware of the vital role Canadian soldiers played at Vimy Ridge, a
landmark engagement of the First World War. Inspired by those events, the
Foundation created the Vimy Prize, bringing together youth from Canada, the
United Kingdom and France, so that they can better appreciate their
intertwined history and understand the bravery and sacrifice of war. To mark
Vimy Ridge Day (April 9) the Foundation encourages Canadians to wear a Vimy
Pin - available from the Foundation - and to attend commemorative events.
    The Foundation's activities are impossible without the support of donors.
To make a donation, purchase a Vimy Pin or learn more, please visit

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