The Summer Institute for Canada’s Educators

| October 17, 2018

Juno Beach and Beyond
The Summer Institute for Canada's Educators

Since 2005, the Juno Beach Centre has provided over 350 Canadian educators an exciting professional development opportunity to discover the Canadian First and Second World War historic sites in France. During this 10-day tour, participants visit Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Dieppe, the Juno Beach Centre, the D-Day landing beaches and various other sites in Normandy. Some highlights of the tour include meeting locals who lived through D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, enjoying the kind hospitality in Normandy, and sharing teaching ideas with colleagues from across Canada.

This podcast features interviews with this summer’s institute’s staff and participants. We begin with Jen Sguigna. She had the pleasure of organizing and co-leading this year’s tour. She’ll give you the details on how to apply for our next Summer Institute. Jen’s interview is followed by that of Jasmin and Randy, a pair of high school teachers from western Canada. Then we conclude by talking with Brian, an elementary school teacher from eastern Canada.

Image caption (above): Participants of the 2018 Juno Beach Centre Association Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour pose at Canada Square in Dieppe, France.  

Participants of the 2018 Juno Beach Centre Association Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour visit with a group of French villagers at Le Mesnil-Patry, the site of a minor Canadian defeat in June 1944.

Time Stamps

2:15 Interview with Jenifer (Tour Organizer)

16:45 Interview with Jasmin and Randy (High School Teachers)

33:15 Interview with Brian (Elementary School Teacher)

Guest Biographies

Jenifer Sguigna is our program manager at the Juno Beach Centre Association. She has worked on several virtual and physical exhibits that tell the story of Canadians throughout both world wars. Her favourite part of history is individual stories, and finding a way to connect with and relate to those who came before us.

Jasmin Ring teaches social studies and comparative cultures (grades 9 and 11 respectively) at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia.   

Randy Zawadiuk teaches social studies (grades 10 to 12) at John G. Diefenbaker High School in Calgary, Alberta.

Brian Clancy teaches social studies (French immersion, grades 6 and 7) at Sussex Middle School in New Brunswick. He is a 2016 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient.


The following links offer more information on the topics discussed in this episode:

For Educators

Juno Beach Interactive Centre

Educator Resources

On-Site Programs

Commemorative Brick Program for Schools

The Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour

Arms & Weapons

Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps


The Dieppe Raid

The Normandy Campaign


Juno Beach and Beyond is hosted and edited by Alex Fitzgerald-Black, the centre’s Digital Projects Coordinator.

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

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

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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