Passing the Torch with Juno Beach Centre Guides

| October 7, 2020

Juno Beach and Beyond
Passing the Torch with Juno Beach Centre Guides

Anyone who has visited the Juno Beach Centre has likely had an encounter with one of our Canadian student guides. Our founding veterans wanted to ensure that all visitors receive a friendly Canadian greeting when they walk into the museum. These veterans were mainly in their late teens or early 20s when they stepped onto Juno Beach on June 6th 1944. It is therefore fitting that the Centre’s guides are of a similar age. Our guides are passing the torch of remembrance to future generations as the veterans themselves passed their memories on to their children and grandchildren.

The Juno Beach Centre’s energetic and dedicated student guides work at the museum year-round to share Canada’s contribution to the Second World War with our visitors. Over 150 Canadians from coast to coast to coast have brought a Canadian soul to the Centre since we opened in June 2003. The Student Guide Program is a wonderful opportunity for young Canadians to experience life in Normandy, France, while sharing Canada’s rich military history with visitors from all over the world. We are currently recruiting our guide team for 2021, the details for which are in this podcast!

To explore the Juno Beach Centre student guide experience, we are joined on this episode by two guides, Jacqueline and Rhys. Jacqueline welcomed visitors to the Centre during the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 2019. Rhys is currently a guide at the Centre and offers his insights into living and working in Normandy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in to get an inside look into the life of a Juno Beach Centre student guide!


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Time Stamps

4:13 Guide Program Background

7:30 Becoming a Guide

13:55 Guide Experiences

23:04 Personal Impacts of Guiding

32:38 Perks and Advice for Working Overseas

43:39 How to Apply


Juno Beach & Beyond is hosted and edited by Alex Fitzgerald-Black, the Juno Beach Centre Association’s Operations and Outreach Manager.

Mackenzie King’s speech to British Parliament from the British Pathé YouTube channel:

Artillery firing sounds from the CBC News: The National YouTube channel:

Female veteran’s voice (Eileen Green, née Short) Courtesy of The Memory Project, Historica Canada: 

Winston Churchill’s “Finest Hour” speech from Jonathan Thomas’s YouTube channel:

Spitfire sound effect from Jason Kirby’s YouTube channel:

Dramatic Interlude by Alexander Nakarada |

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