Rules & Criteria

Prize Description

  • There will be seventeen (17) Awards available consisting of a fully-funded, week-long educational program for one to Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. The itinerary includes museum, cemetery, and battlefield and historic site visits. Click here to read the full itinerary.
  • The Award includes: air travel to and from Europe for each participant; accommodations, meals (with the occasional exception during free time); museum access and other educational visits, and transportation to and from all scheduled activities.
  • Each Award recipient will have five (5) days from the day on which they are contacted by The Vimy Foundation and informed that that have been declared the winner to make their decision to accept participation in the program. Winners will have to receive permission from their parent(s)/guardian(s) and prove that they either have, or can obtain, valid travel documents.
  • The tour will take place from April 7 – 16, 2017.
  • The Vimy Foundation reserves the right to change or modify the Award location and/or dates due to acts of God and/or unforeseen circumstances. The Vimy Foundation is not responsible if weather conditions, event cancellations, strikes, lockouts, labour disturbances or other events beyond the Vimy Foundation’s reasonable control limit or restrict access to any of the planned excursions or locations on the program. The Vimy Foundation makes no representations or warranties with respect to the Award.

Terms and Conditions

  • Personal expenses are the sole responsibility of the participants. Any meals, beverages, or snacks purchased during “free time” shall also be the sole responsibility of the participants. Should a participant be expelled from the program, the cost of their return transportation home will be responsibility of their parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • The Award is nonnegotiable and nontransferable.
  • No change in travel arrangements for the program can be made by participants. Participants must be available to depart from their home town at a specified time on April 7 and must return to their home town on April 16. The Vimy Foundation will not accommodate any requests for changes in travel.

Entry Information

  • The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their acts may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country. Scholastic achievement is not a criterion for this Award.
  • Applicants are required to write a motivation letter (approximately 500 words) outlining the reasons why they merit the Award. They will also be required to submit two letters of reference from: a teacher, guidance counselor or principal; service club; community, provincial or federal organization; or a member of the community. In choosing Award winners, the Award Committee will take into consideration the enthusiasm and passion displayed in the motivation letter.
  • All selected winners must provide proof of a valid passport for travel or proof that an application for a valid passport has been submitted by December 9, 2016.
  • Entries will only be accepted by online form.
  • Entry deadline is midnight PST, November 11, 2016.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 17 for the entire duration of the Awarded program (April 7-16, 2017).
  • Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of entries received.
  • The seventeen (17) winning applicants will be selected by a jury from all eligible entries received by the Vimy Foundation (via Canada’s History Society) whose decisions are final. The selection of the winning entries will take place no later than December 15, 2016. No responsibility is assumed for delayed, lost, stolen, or misdirected entries. Contest entries are void if incomplete, not legible, or if they contain errors.
  • By entering this contest, the applicant agrees that any information sent to the Vimy Foundation (or via Canada’s History) becomes the property of the Vimy Foundation, to publish online or in print at their discretion and, should they win, an applicant’s photo may be posted and/or published.
  • Seventeen (17) winning entries will be selected. The applicant will be notified via phone or email. The winner has five (5) days from receipt of notification to respond and confirm the acceptance of the prize. If the initial winner does not respond within this period or declines the prize, then the jury will select an alternate entry until there is a confirmed winner.
  • Once the Award recipient has confirmed their acceptance of the prize, the Vimy Foundation will contact them regarding prize details as outlined in the prize description.
  • The Award is open to all Canadian students, except for any individual student who is an immediate family member of employees of Canada’s History Society, Kayak Magazine, Canada’s History Magazine, the Vimy Foundation, The Peter Cundill Foundation, and EF Educational Tours Canada. Subject to all applicable laws. Void where prohibited.
  • For further questions or comments regarding this Award please contact the Vimy Foundation at info@vimyfoundation.ca; or by telephone at 1.514.904.1007 x 3.
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