Author Archives for Ophélie Duchemin

Témoignage – Souvenir

May 7, 2020 11:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Today, we share with you the testimony of Maxime Bouché, Boutique Manager of the Juno Beach Centre. 💬 “Growing up in the Ardennes region, my family history has often brought me to the Second World War. On my father’s side, my great-grandparents owned a farm near Haybes. During the occupation, everything the farm produced was...


Talk to someone who was there

May 4, 2020 11:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Liberation Routes Europe and Europe Remembers, partners of the Juno Beach Centre, offer you the opportunity to meet with witnesses of the Second World War, online! Next Wednesday, May 6, you will notably be able to meet Gérard Verdonk, witness to the arrival of the Canadians in Bény-sur-Mer (Normandy), on June 6, 1944, whose portrait...


Your family connections to V-E DAY

April 28, 2020 9:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Since we launched the exhibit Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now, at the Juno Beach Centre  and on our website, many Canadians have shared their family stories with us – Olivia, guide at the Juno Beach Centre, shared with us her family story: her paternal grandparents were of Dutch origin, and immigrated...


DeCosta Family story

April 28, 2020 9:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Darrin DeCosta shared with us the special meaning the exhibit Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now holds for his family. His grandfather, Edward Kobasiuk, was a Canadian soldier who landed on D-Day and went on to serve in the Netherlands, where he met a Dutch woman, Heintje Cohrs, at a dance in...


Family story of Olivia, guide at the Juno Beach Centre

April 28, 2020 8:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Since we launched the exhibit Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now, at the Juno Beach Centre (JBC) and on our website, many Canadians have shared their family stories with us, including JBC guide, Olivia, whose paternal grandparents were of Dutch origin, and immigrated to Canada after the war. Olivia’s grandfather, Arie Kamphorst,...


Memory – Testimony

April 28, 2020 8:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We share with you the testimony of Alicia Dotiwalla, Interpretive Planning Manager of the Juno Beach Centre.   💬 “While Juno Beach is undoubtedly a site of global and national significance, it wasn’t until I started working at the Juno Beach Centre in 2018 that I truly came to understand how much meaning this site...