North York – November 28 – The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Memory Project Speakers Bureau hosted a reception at the historic Canadian Forces College Officers’ Mess to mark its 10th anniversary today. Canadian Forces Personnel, veterans, educators, and community leaders including local members of federal and provincial parliament gathered to take part.
The event honoured the contributions of more than 1500 veteran volunteers while recruiting new participants. Started with two Second World War veteran volunteers in 2001, The Memory Project is today the largest bureau of its kind. Increased classroom participation of 15% over last year and 30% over 2007, shows that Canadian youth are more engaged in Remembrance than ever. To date, The Speakers Bureau has facilitated over 5,000 visits to more than 800 classrooms and community groups in 175 communities across Canada.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th anniversary in the company of our incredible volunteers and supporters,” said Jeremy Diamond, Director at the Historica-Dominion Institute. “Through their stories and efforts, we are able to bring a living legacy of Canadian military service and sacrifice to the next generation of Canadians so they may experience, first-hand, the contribution of our service men and women, both past and present.”
More than 1,500 veteran volunteers represent a wide range of Canadian conflicts and tours from the Second World War to the Korean War to Peacekeeping Operations to Afghanistan. The program has reached over 1 million students over the past decade.
The Memory Project Speakers Bureau is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Engagement Partnership Fund as well as Canadian Heritage's Canadian Studies Program.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian History, identity, and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of our history, heritage, and stories of Canada. Visit www.historica-domion.ca.
For more information:
The Memory Project Speakers Bureau
1.866.701.1867 ext. 233, mobile 647.205.7986
The Historica-Dominion Institute
1.866.701.1867 ext. 222