The Memory Project visits HMCS York
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On Saturday, February 28th, The Memory Project was invited to spend the afternoon with the naval reserves of HMCS York (Toronto) and HMCS Star (Hamilton) as the reserves received skill-in-hand training for fire and flood damage control.

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Memories Continued: Linda Matheson's Father and the Murmansk Run
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"My name is Linda Matheson; my father is Real DeGuire. He was in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War..." Linda Matheson's memories are accompanied by a contextual piece written by Memory Project Archive Program Coordinator Michelle Filice.

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Jack Rhind Visits The Memory Project
Jack Rhind featured in Global News story, November 2014

Jack Rhind was a Forward Observation Officer (FOO) in the Italian Campaign, arriving in Sicily and then fighting north to take post in Monte Cassino. It’s always an honour and privilege to spend time with our volunteer speakers. Jack Rhind’s stories are rich in history, context, and emotion and it is easy to understand why they so clearly impact the students he speaks with.

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The Memory Project Speakers Bureau FAQ

A collection of questions our staff have fielded from our own volunteers and speaking engagement organizers, as well as the general public.

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The Memory Project, 2013: The Year in Review
  • Korean War veteran Aimé Michaud, École Secondaire de l’Envol, Saint Nicolas, Quebec
  • Project Manager Alex Herd and Program Coordinator Clarice Dale at Joint Task Force North Headquarters, Yellowknife, NWT.
  • Memory Project speakers and DVD "stars" Mort Lightstone, Gerry O'Pray, and Susan Beharriell, at the Toronto Reference Library for a Remembrance Day panel.
  • The Wall of Honour at Peacekeeper Park in Calgary, AB, on National Peacekeeper's Day (August 9th).
  • Legion members assemble at the Quebec Command Legion Convention in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
  • "Rethink Remembrance": The Memory Project Speakers Bureau's new promotional material!
  • Some of us were more excited than others to be in Yellowknife, NWT. From left to right: Program Coordinator Clarice Dale, Outreach Officer Maddy Macnab, and Project Manager Alex Herd.
Korean War veteran Aimé Michaud, École Secondaire de l’Envol, Saint Nicolas, Quebec
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Garth Webb Secondary School. Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School. A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. Queen’s Rangers Elementary School. What do these four schools have in common? A connection to Canada’s military history, embedded right in their names. These schools, named after veterans, military units, and even a war artist, are just a few of the 1,000–plus school groups and community groups who participated in The Memory Project Speakers Bureau this year.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder: two former peacekeepers testify
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"During the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, the Serbs took us hostage. I was taken for 31 days in a large room like a local class breeches war. I left the army in 2003, but from 2007 that mental illness has developed, "testified the young Métis veteran.

The Memory Project visits “North of 60” - Twice!
  • The Memory Project Speakers Bureau arrives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. September 2013.
  • Inside Yellowknife Airport. September 2013.
  • Inukshuk welcoming visitors to The Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, NWT.
  • The Canadian Rangers are the "eyes and ears" of the north.  Some of the many artistic pieces in the city of Yellowknife.
  • Ragged Ass Road, Yellowknife, NWT.
  • The Memory Project Speakers Bureau staff wishing everyone well from Canada's North.
  • Monument to the bush pilots that blazed "air trails" over northern Canada.
  • View of Yellowknife from "The Rock" - a high point in the city. September 2013.
  • Entrance to Joint Task Force (North), Canadian Forces. Yellowknife, NWT.
  • Canadian Ranger Nanook. Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife, NWT.
  • 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Headquarters. Yellowknife, NWT.
  • Maddy Macnab and Clarice Dale prepare for the Memory Project Speakers Bureau presentation to 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Headquarters.
  • Canadian Rangers Leadership Conference, Joint Task Force (North). October 2013.
The Memory Project Speakers Bureau arrives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. September 2013.
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In September and then again in October 2013, the Memory Project visited the cosmopolitan city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, seeking to expand the national community of Speakers Bureau volunteers “north of 60.” As a by-product, staff members were educated in Yellowknife’s importance to Canada’s northern defences by two interrelated Canadian Forces groups.

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Over 70% of Canadians have not read history of the Korean War
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This year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. Despite 516 Canadian military personnel killed during this war, a Historica Canada survey showed that 72 percent of Canadian respondents said that they do not remember reading the history of the Korean War in school. On the other hand, 85% support the construction of a national memorial to commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country during the Korean War.

Memory Project Uses Snapchat To Show That Vet Stories Can Vanish
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Do 20-somethings care about Remembrance Day? Rethink Communication’s latest campaign hopes to ensure they do. The company used Snapchat this Nov. 11 to help The Memory Project engage millennials on the issue

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A Kinder, Gentler World for our Veterans
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Over four decades ago, Led Zeppelin first sang, "...a new day will dawn for those who stand long,/and the forest will echo with laughter." While the true meaning of the lyrics can be debated, what does ring true is the way in which our troops are now welcomed home and thanked for "standing long" to protect our freedoms.