History came to life this fall at Chisholm Academy as the school hosted the national traveling exhibit “From Vimy to Juno” from September 11th to September 22nd. The exhibit, on loan from the Juno Beach Centre Association (JBCA), chronicles the Canadian contributes to the First and Second World War with a focus on the victory at Vimy Ridge in 1917 and the D-Day landings on Juno Beach in 1944.

Students and staff were provided with an opportunity to explore the exhibit and learn more about Canada’s wartime history through hands-on, experiential learning. Students examined the exhibit through the lens of the historical thinking concepts and were challenged to think deeply about what it was like to be a Canadian in WWI or WWI. Students then wrote messages of remembrance and thanks to our fallen soldiers and current servicemen and women. These messages were heartfelt and demonstrated the compassion of Chisholm Academy students.

The wider Chisholm community also had an opportunity to take a closer look at the exhibit. Parent council and local teachers were invited to the opening night where the program coordinator of the JBAC spoke about the exhibit and the meaning behind it. A community open house was also held were many Oakville residents, including two veterans, viewed the exhibit. Finally, parents were able to catch a glimpse of the installation on its final night at Chisholm as they visited the school for the annual parent-teacher BBQ.

Chisholm Academy was honoured to be the first school in Canada to host the exhibit and remains committed to remembering the legacy of our Canadian soldiers.

Today, and Always; We Will Remember Them.

To learn more about the Juno Beach Centre, please visit them at junobeach.org

Alison Andrew

Chisholm Academy Teacher