COMMUNITY BUILDING - Veterans’ Voices of Canada was recently awarded a grant from the Community Initiative Program. (L-R) Debby Stevens

Veterans Voices of Canada receives Community Initiative Grant

Thanks to the provincial government’s Community Initiatives Program, Veterans Voices of Canada received funding

Thanks to the provincial government’s Community Initiatives Program, Veterans Voices of Canada received funding to help purchase new production gear to help them continue video documentation of Canadian veterans.

Executive director of Veterans Voices of Canada, Allan Cameron received a cheque for $30,394 from MLA Don MacIntyre on Friday afternoon at the Sylvan Lake constituency office stating the funds will go a long way in helping him further his work.

“These kinds of successful grant applications are our life blood without them we can’t operate and we are gone,” said Cameron adding they have been successful three time overs the past seven years and have received a total of $136,000 from the program.

MLA MacIntyre added Veterans Voices of Canada is a very important community initiative and that not only are they making an impact on a local level, he added he feels they are a‘Canadian community builder’.

“They are building a sense of national pride,” said MacIntyre on the work Veterans Voices is doing.

Cameron said he would continue travelling across Alberta and Canada documenting Veterans for the foreseeable future adding he is currently concentrating on World War II and KoreanWar veterans but will interview any veteran from any time period or branch.

He added the Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance would continue in Sylvan Lake again this fall with other events popping up across the country in as many as 10communities.

“At this point we have documented over 1,000 veterans on video and that’s not enough. There are so many stories out there to tell yet,” added Cameron. “It’s been an amazing day andI really want to thank Mr. MacIntyre for being a part of this and for presenting us with this.”


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