Dispatches from Juno

2015 Summer Institute – the Raid on Dieppe

July 28, 2015 briefing on the beach

The third day of the 2015 Juno Beach Centre Summer Institute started out with a walking tour of Dieppe. Chris Evans and Marie-Eve guided the group along the chert beach, giving an overview of the Canadian perspective on the ill-fated Raid on Dieppe in 1942. The group travelled north from Dieppe to the small coastal...

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2015 Summer Institute — Vimy Ridge and WWI

July 28, 2015 Walking to the monument 2

It was a packed second day for the educators participating in the 11th annual Juno Beach Centre Summer Institute. After an early breakfast in Arras, we headed to the Vimy Ridge memorial, arriving just as the clouds parted over the monument. For many in the group it was their first time seeing the memorial in...

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2015 Summer Institute — Beaumont Hamel and Thiepval

July 26, 2015 monument and maple leaves

It was a great first day for the participants in the 11th annual Juno Beach Centre Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour. Our flight departed Toronto in the evening and 25 teachers from all across Canada arrived in Paris early in the morning to start this exciting tour. The first stop after a quick lunch was the...

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Canadians and Brits during the Battle of Normandy

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Raymond Wheeler visited the Juno Beach Centre where we were pleased to welcome this veteran who collaborated with the Canadians in Normandy during the summer of 1944. Raymond Wheeler landed at Arromanches in June 1944 and served with 5012 RAF Construction Squadron laying airfields and subsequently working with the Canadians building Bailey Bridges across the...

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A Royal Navy veteran visits the Juno Beach Centre

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Even after the D-Day celebrations in June, veterans continue to come to Normandy this summer! Ashley, Juno Beach Centre guide, was thrilled to welcome Jack Bird, a British veteran of the Royal Navy. Mr Bird landed 9 sherman tanks and their crew on D-Day. He paid tribute to his fallen comrades on the beach during...

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The visit of a contest winner

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Irène Halbout, 12 years old, came from Montpellier to visit the Juno Beach Centre with her family. In June 2014, she was the winner of the drawing contest organised by Images Doc in partnership with the Juno Beach Centre on the theme “The Poppy: Flower of Remembrance”. More information on the drawing contest and the...

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Summer Institute Alums Return to Juno

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Congratulations to Rich Bieche and Mark Shannon from Calgary Alberta. Both were participants in the Juno Beach Centre’s 2013 Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour and have now returned to Juno with their students 3 times since! These teachers are the living proof that bringing Canadian students to Juno Beach is possible, even during the summer holidays. Excellent work by two...

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