VANCOUVER, February 3, 2015 – Volunteer speakers of The Memory Project Speakers Bureau, gathered today to be recognized for their achievements by in front of educators, students, political officials and members of the military community at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. Elder Joe Calder of the Nisga’a Nation performed an opening blessing for the event, which was followed by an information session.
Peter Bone, a veteran of the Second World War, was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding commitment to visiting schools as a volunteer speaker. Mr. Bone has gone on over 45 visits to classrooms and community groups across the Metro Vancouver area. Students from Ideal Mini School and Laurier Elementary, who have hosted Peter in the past, were present for the ceremony.
Veterans of conflicts ranging from the Second World War to the War in Afghanistan received a Certificate of Achievement. The certificates recognize their commitment to educating younger generations about the sacrifices experienced by Canada’s men and women in uniform and their contributions to our country’s history.
“Vancouver has always been so supportive of the Memory Project. It’s great to have a chance to personally thank our volunteers,” said Jill Paterson, Senior Project Manager. “We are actively recruiting currently-serving Canadian Forces personnel and veterans to join our community of volunteers. We seek to offer representation from all Canadian tours and conflicts so the next generation of Canadians can continue to learn about our military history from the people who were there.”
An initiative of Historica Canada, The Memory Project gives veterans and current Canadian Forces members the opportunity to share their stories of military service, through its online archive and volunteer speakers bureau. Through The Memory Project Speakers Bureau, veterans and active service members share their military experiences in classrooms and community groups across Canada, reaching 1.5 million Canadians since 2001. Hear their stories at www.thememoryproject.com.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit www.historicacanada.ca
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