VICTORIA, February 5, 2015 – Memory Project Speakers Bureau members from the Vancouver Island area gathered to enjoy a luncheon and panel discussion hosted by The Memory Project, at The Ramada Victoria. Educators, students, veterans and currently serving Canadian Forces personnel were also in attendance.
The panel discussion addressed the challenges and benefits of sharing personal experiences with public audiences. The panelists included:
Gordon Quan, Chinese-Canadian Second World War Veteran; Richard Blackwolf, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and
Serving Members Association; Frank Graves, a Veteran of Canadian peacekeeping missions; and Master Seaman Philippe Burton, a currently serving member of the Royal Canadian Navy.
The luncheon provided an opportunity for members of The Memory Project Speakers Bureau to connect with one another, to meet local educators, and other active service members.
“Victoria is home to a proud military community and we are thrilled to be here to connect with our volunteer speakers,” 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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