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Several of the 2013 recipients of the Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Teaching are on their way to Europe today for a special battlefield tour. The trip is sponsored by one of our award partners, EF Tours, and will allow the teachers to see the sights of the First and Second World War and take their knowledge and experience back to the classroom (and maybe even inspire them to take their students on a trip one day)!

Juno Beach Centre

This 2013 recipients will be focusing on the Second World War, and will be visiting sights in Italy, Paris and Normandy. They'll conclude their trip at the Juno Beach Centre, where they'll get to participate in the 70th anniversary D-Day ceremony.

Some of our recipients will be sharing their adventures with us online. Be sure to check them out!

Rachel Collishaw will be blogging at and tweeting @RCollishaw

Safe travels to all!

Posted: 30/05/2014 2:26:37 PM by JOANNA DAWSON | with 0 comments

It was great to see some new doors being opened this week for past participants of our Young Citizens program.

Nicolas Cain (2013) was invited to the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) conference in Toronto this week. This year’s theme was “Intention, Innovation & Invention...The Future of Museums” and explored topics like engagement, technology, and community partnerships. Nicolas was given the honour of introducing Wednesday’s keynote, Stephen Lewis and by accounts on social media, he did a great job!

The CMA conference is Canada’s largest gathering of museum professionals and always features an impressive list of delegates. Congratulations Nicolas on this wonderful opportunity and our thanks to the CMA for including him in their conference. You can catch some highlights on Twitter by following #cmamc2014.

Victoria Jackman (2012) was one of this year’s recipients of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, offered by the Vimy Foundation. The award recognizes exceptional youth who have made a difference in their community. The winners are currently on a weeklong battlefield tour in Europe, sponsored by EF Tours. I'm sure it will be a life-changing experience for all the participants. Congratulations Victoria on this achievement!

Posted: 10/04/2014 3:27:44 PM by JOANNA DAWSON | with 0 comments

Adam Bunch, the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project (2012 finalist for the GGHA in Community Programming) thinks outside the box, and even outside reality. Now, he’s thinking outside our borders.

But he needs your help.

Adam has launched a Indiegogo campaign to take his project to the UK. He’ll be travelling to places across the pond that were witness to moments — from significant to strange — in Canadian history.

Check out Adam’s video explaining the Toronto Dreams Project, and his latest endeavour:

It makes perfect sense. Canadian history isn’t contained to our arbitrary borders, so why should we be? This is a great way to have fun with some of our history in other places of the world, and introduce new audiences to our past in unexpected ways.

Visit to learn more about Adam’s campaign and to donate to this unique project. And please share the news and help out a fellow history enthusiast!

Posted: 13/03/2014 10:51:32 AM by JOANNA DAWSON | with 1 comments

Congratulations to Charlotte Gray, past recipient of the Pierre Berton Award, for being named a finalist for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. Ms. Gray's submission, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master And The Trial That Shocked A Country, is one of five from 124 entries to make this year's shortlist.

The prize was founded in 2000 and is awarded to the author, "whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception." The prestigious award also includes a cash prize of $25,000. The 2014 recipient will be announced on March 10, 2014.

Good luck Charlotte!

Order your copy of The Massey Murder!

The Massey Murder

Posted: 20/01/2014 8:35:01 AM by JOANNA DAWSON | with 0 comments

Congratulations Scott Masters, past recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, for recently being awarded the National Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education.

Scott, and his students and colleagues, are being recognized for their Crestwood Oral History Project, which now holds over 100 testimonies of Holocaust Survivors. Scott will be sharing his experience with teachers through the National Film Board Virtual Classroom, which will take place on Jan. 27 - Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a special professional development event designed for teachers of Grades 9–12 and college- or CEGEP-level courses. Registration is only $30 per group, and includes a free resource package from the Azrieli Foundation. For more information and to register, visit

Scott has also been working with a joint research team in Romania and Great Britain, who have developed a project centred around a local Survivor by the name of Hedy Bohm. You can find Hedy’s story, and many more stories and resources, at

Thanks to Scott and everyone involved for this important work.

Posted: 08/01/2014 9:09:52 AM by JOANNA DAWSON | with 0 comments

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