Singing for Wounded Warriors Canada
NOTTAWA - “What will they think of us?”
That’s the question asked in “100 Years from Now – Songs of the Great War” a musical journey through the First World War, created and performed by Collingwood’s Shipyard Kitchen Party band.
The one- night only performance takes place today ( Friday) at Nottawa Memorial Community Centre, who have also offered their support to this event, with proceeds going to Wounded Warriors Canada, an organization dedicated to supporting Canada’s ill and injured armed forces members, veterans, first responders and their families.
The show combines original songs and archival photographs with the story of a fictional family that sends two sons to the western front. A second story line traces with the relationship between iconic Canadian painter, Tom Thomson, and his love interest, Winnie Trainor. Thomson died mysteriously in Algonquin Park in 1917.
“The Canada we know today was fundamentally shaped 100 years ago by the Great War,” says director, Julie LeBlanc. “At the same time as men and women were defining it on the battlefield, a great artist was revealing it to us on canvas. This show honours both of those contributions, in support of a very worthy cause.”
Since its creation in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada has quickly grown to be the country’s leading, wholly independent, Veteran’s charity focusing on mental health. Its programming will exceed $ 1.8M in 2017, funding a diverse array of initiatives, from PTSD therapy to transition and skills training.
Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada commented, “These kinds Shipyard Kitchen Party featuring John Eaton, left, Sacha Law, Jason Murphy and Julie LeBlanc performs Songs of the Great War, a musical journey through the First World War, in a fundraising concert for the Wounded Warriors Canada Friday evening at the Nottawa Memorial Community Centre. of local fundraisers highlight the kind of strong community- based support that drives our national fundraising and, in turn, makes our mental health program investments possible. We’re grateful for every dollar contributed.”
Advance tickets for the show can be purchased online at www. face- book. com/ shipyardkitchenparty, at Appeal Boutique or Thurst- T’s Cycles in Collingwood or by phoning Julie LeBlanc at 705- 446- 6547. COLLINGWOOD – As Canadians come together today to remember and honour those who have served their country, the war- time contributions of animals will also be recognized with the laying of a wreath by a volunteer with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Collingwood.
“Today is a somber day, but a very special occasion, as the Society formally honours the bravery and service of animals in wartime,” said Sonya Reichel, executive direcotr. “We reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans who have served Canada and the courageous animals that have stood by their side in times of war and peace.”
Placing the wreath during the ceremony will be GTHS volunteer, Barbara Foster, who will be proudly wearing the Ontario SPCA’s new Animals in War pin alongside her poppy. The commemorative pin was launched this year by the Ontario SPCA to honour the wartime contributions of animals. For each pin sold, $ 1 will be donated to the Royal Canadian Legion to support veterans.
A variety of animals have served during times of war. Mules carried artillery, horses transported troops and hauled field guns, pigeons delivered crucial messages and dogs served as messengers, medical assistants, bomb detectors and search and rescue workers. To commemorate their contributions, an Animals in War Dedication was unveiled in 2012 in Ottawa’s Confederation Park.
WASAGA BEACH - To honour and celebrate those veterans who have served, or are serving our country, The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach will host a Veterans’ Appreciation Luncheon, Monday at the Recplex Oakview Hall in Wasaga Beach from 12: 30 p. m. to 1: 30 pm, Rotary members will be serving a complimentary luncheon and refreshments for veterans and one guest. Please RSVP to Rotarian Angela at 705- 429- 4292 or angelapiercey@ hotmail. com.