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A Visit from Cole Harbour DHS

May 3, 2017 4:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We were thrilled to welcome a large group of students from Cole Harbour District High School in Nova Scotia to the Juno Beach Centre. The students travelled to Juno following the Vimy Centennial ceremonies. A big thank you to 2005 Summer Institute Alum, Dave Denike, and former Member of Parliament Peter Stoffer, for helping to...


Mark Ishii, Grandson of Masumi Mitsui

May 2, 2017 2:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We were thrilled to recently welcome Mark Ishii to the Juno Beach Centre. Mark is the grandson of Masumi Mitsui, a Japanese Canadian veteran of the First World War. In August 1917, Private Mitsui led his platoon into the Battle of Hill 70. Out of a unit of 35, only Mitsui and four others survived. For...


Donation of a Kit Bag to the Juno Beach Centre

May 1, 2017 4:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Brenton Spencer is the nephew of veteran Ralph Spencer.  His uncle landed on Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer with the Royal Canadian Engineers; he was attached to the Regina Rifle Regiment. Ralph Spencer’s story is told outside the Juno Beach Centre, in Juno Park. During a recent visit, Brenton donated his uncle’s kit bag to the...


Saint Paul High School on Juno!

April 28, 2017 4:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Juno Beach Centre was thrilled to welcome Saint Paul High School from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Lead by their teacher Joe Oreskovich, a 2015 Summer Institute alum, these students made a special pilgrimage to Juno Beach following the Vimy Centennial. They were thrilled to also see their school’s brick in place at the Juno Beach...


In Memory of a Great Uncle, a Vimy Veteran

April 18, 2017 9:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Tori, from Toronto, was pleased to present the photo of her great-uncle, John Ernest Leeson, while visiting the Juno Beach Centre. He participated at Vimy Ridge with the 18th battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. The photo shows Mr. Leeson with his brothers-in-arms at a commemorative ceremony for the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1967. Like...


From Vimy to Juno at the CMA

April 13, 2017 10:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On Friday 7 April, JBC Program Manager Jen Sguigna presented at the CMA alongside Warren Wilansky, founder of Plank Media. The two gave a case study about digital-first programs, discussing the challenges and surprises they encountered in completing the first phases of the From Vimy to Juno Education Campaign. They both agreed that working with...


A Proud New Brunswicker on Juno

April 12, 2017 10:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Shealy Jackson from Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada: I don’t know if someone in my family fought in the First or the Second World War, but after this wonderful trip to Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach, I’m motivated to find out when I go home. My family only arrived in Canada from Scotland two generations ago....


A Thank You to our Juno Family

April 12, 2017 9:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We wish to thank all of you, in France and Canada, who have been pleased for the Juno Beach Centre on the occasion of Prime Ministre of Canada Justin Trudeau and his family last Monday. Thank you for your supportive messages and encouragements. In many respects, this visit touched on our museum’s core reasons for...