The 2018 Guide Team

BEATRICE
Montréal, Québec

DSC03696 (Medium)It is hard to grasp that most soldiers who landed in Normandy on D-day were my age. They sacrificed their lives in the name of justice and freedom, a debt we can never repay. Offering them our time, a time to remind ourselves of their immeasurable courage, of what they left behind for a better future is, I think, the least we can do. I came here to learn about the stories of these men, perhaps in the search of my own, in the hope of understanding my place in front of such a monumental turn in history. Standing on a former battlefield, one cannot help but realize the chance one has of simply being able to breathe in the salty air of a now quiet Juno Beach. It is a privilege to participate in the imperative task that is keeping memory alive and I intend to do justice to my country on these sacred grounds.”

 

GABRIEL
Montréal, Québec

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“Working at the Juno Beach Centre represents a unique opportunity for me to see how the Second World War influenced the societies subjected to it. Although Canada itself was not destroyed by bombs or foreign occupation, it is the very social fabric of our society that was affected. The war effort mobilized factories (my own grandmother worked in one of them!) and soldiers defending key spots in Canada, for fear of attack. During this time one million canadians  wore the uniform. Similarly to France, but to a lesser degree, Canada felt the effects of war. Still today, many travel across the Atlantic to France but this time not for combat, rather to remember those who came before them. I am honoured to be one of them.”

 

THALIA
Vancouver, British Columbia/ Grandes-Piles, Mauricie, Québec

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“I am a 23 year-old Franco-Canadian who immigrated to Canada six years ago. Working for the Juno Beach Centre allows me to study the Second World War from a new perspective and to learn more about and feel closer to my new country. Canada’s role during the world wars was marking for the local French population, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you. It is difficult to imagine the horrors of war on the beautiful Normandy beaches, and yet everything here can remind us of what happened. From the tired bunkers that seem to emerge from the dunes, to the all too numerous cemeteries hidden amongst the trees and the houses of the Normand countryside, final resting places for soldiers that were far too young and far away from home. It is also the Canadian flag, noticeable in the streets, on memorials honoring their sacrifice, and on the beach, that remind us that these fallen men, and those who survived, will not and never will be, forgotten.”

 

ROBYN
Thalbert, Manitoba

“I’m honoured to be part of the guide program this season at the Juno Beach Centre. It is very humbling to be able to come to Normandy under vastly different circumstances than the soldiers who landed at Juno Beach on D-Day. So many of them were so young and so many never returned home. To walk the streets of Courseulles-sur-Mer and to see the way that the sacrifices of Canadians during the Second World War continue to be commemorated is a privilege. I look forward to enriching my understanding of Canada’s participation in the D-Day landings and to continuing to tell the stories of those who landed here.”

 

LEIGH
Fredericton, New Brunswick

“It is hard to imagine war in a place as beautiful as Normandy. Nevertheless, we can still see the remains of war across the region. As a guide at the Juno Beach Center, I remember the sacrifices made by Canadians soldiers, including my three great-uncles, two of whom never came home. We all have our connections with the Second World War, whether it is a family member who fought or who lived through German occupation. We remember them.”

 

 

VINCENT
Moose Creek, Ontario

“I feel incredibly privileged to work at the Juno Beach Centre where I am able to not only share the story of my country at a crucial point in time but also trusted to share the stories of those who are no longer able to do so.

As someone who is benefitting from the freedom and liberty that was hard won by those who came before me, I owe it to those who sacrificed their youth and their lives so that I may live mine by sharing their stories to the world.”

 

BRUNO
Montreal, Quebec

“My interest in working at the Juno Beach Centre was twofold; firstly to transmit the memory of the events that took place here during the Second World War, and also to accomplish what I consider to be my own duty of remembrance. To explain and present the history of D-Day is a very enriching experience for me, and it is with great joy and emotion that I am part of the 2018 team at the Juno Beach Centre.”