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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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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Big Footsteps: Sergeant Samuel Moses Hurwitz
Alfred Le Reverend
  • Sgt. Samuel Moses Hurwitz (kneeling) before being sent to "Fortress Europe."
  • The grave of Sgt. Samuel Moses Hurwitz at the Canadian military cemetery at Bergen-Op-Zoom, The Netherlands.  The flowers were laid by Janie and Gary Therrien and include flowers sent on behalf of Alfred Le Reverend.
  • "Moe" Hurwitz playing hockey.
  • Alfred Le Reverend, newly enlisted at age 16.
  • Ernest Therrien – Gary Therrien's father.
  • Ernest and Jeanne D’Arc – shortly after Ernest enlisted.
  • Alfred Le Reverend and his wife Isabel.
  • Gary and Janie Therrien in front of the memorial gate to Stalag XIB where Ernest Therrien and Alfred Le Reverend were prisoners of war (POWs).
Sgt. Samuel Moses Hurwitz (kneeling) before being sent to "Fortress Europe."
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The Memory Project connects many people around the world through its veterans' stories. Such a connection was made with the remarkable story of Sergeant Samuel Moses Hurwitz, one of the most highly decorated Jewish-Canadian soldiers of the Second World War. After being captured in fighting around Bergen-Op-Zoom, Holland he succumbed to his wounds in a German prison hospital. The exact circumstances of his death were unclear, but through an incredible series of events, his niece Shelly Reuben was able to connect with the Memory Project's Alfred Le Reverend (see link above), a fellow soldier and prisoner who stayed with Sgt. Hurwitz during his final hours. Ms. Reuben has generously shared her written work, "Big Footsteps," which recounts the story of Sgt. Hurwitz and how his story unfolded.

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War in Words: Ramsay Withers

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War In Words: Lyle McIvor

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War In Words: Betty Dimock

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