Nationally recognized history teacher, Blake Seward, from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on Friday, November 25, 2016, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.
The Meritorious Service Decorations were established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Blake’s work has inspired his students and teachers across the country to learn stories of Canadian veterans and fallen, helping to enforce the significance of Remembrance and preserve Canada’s military history legacy.
Blake Seward developed the Lest We Forget project with the help of his Grade 10 class, documenting the history of local soldiers who died in service to Canada during the First World War. The project was so successful it was replicated across the Upper Canada District School Board and has inspired a pan-Canadian project for students, involving Library and Archives Canada and Veterans Affairs Canada. In 2014, the biographies his students had worked on helped to provide soldier stories for the Juno Beach Centre’s D-Day Tribute Campaign, which recognized the 359 Canadians who died on D-Day.
The Juno Beach Centre is happy to continue to support Blake and his projects – Congratulations on this well-deserved honour!
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