The Juno Beach Centre Association offers Canadian history teachers the opportunity to tour First and Second World War battlefields in France, and participate in the Juno Beach Centre’s Summer Institute on the historic landing beaches of Normandy, France.
“More and more each day of this tour I come to see how those of us who are here today are the witnesses of what others did yesterday and that as teachers we have an almost sacred obligation to ensure those deeds are never forgotten but will live on now and tomorrow.” — SCOTT POWERS, 2014 TOUR
Educators from across Canada now have the opportunity to apply to take part in our professional development program. Participants will travel to Northern France via Paris to gain first-hand knowledge of Canada’s participation in the First and Second World Wars. The 10-day tour includes visits to Canadian battlefields at Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, the D-Day landing beaches, the Falaise Gap, and of course, spend time at the Juno Beach Centre!
In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of Canadian sacrifices through visits to the Abbaye d’Ardenne, the town of Authie and Canadian cemeteries at Bény-sur-Mer, Bretteville-sur-Laize, and Dieppe. A military expert is on hand to provide in-depth historical content to participants throughout the tour. This expertise and historical perspective will provide informative and practical knowledge for classroom application. Professional development sessions will help participants connect these experiences with their provincial curricula, incorporating the Historical Thinking Concepts and commemorative work in their teaching.
The travel cost for successful applicants, return from Toronto to Paris, is $2000. The Juno Beach Centre Association will subsidize the balance of the costs with the exception of some meals and personal expenses.
“The JBC Educator’s Trip provided me with an unforgettable opportunity to learn about WWII. Nothing has been so meaningful and moving in my years of teaching. I returned home with a renewed sense of appreciation and a deeper understanding which I could share with my students.” — CAROLYNNE LEBLANC KOBELSKY – 2008 TOUR