VALOUR CANADA was originally incorporated under the Canadian Corporations Act on March 13th, 1987, as Calgary Military Museums Society (CMMS), a not-for profit, charitable organization. CMMS proceeded to raise the funding required to build the Museum of the Regiments (MOR). After the MOR opened in 1991, CMMS facilitated another major renovation that led to the MOR being renamed in 2006 to The Military Museums (TMM). In 2010, the Society ended its relationship with TMM and in 2012 rebranded to VALOUR CANADA.
Valour Canada is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to connecting Canadians to their military heritage.
Valour Canada will create engaging programs to educate Canadians, with a focus on youth, about the importance of Canada’s military history.
Vision: Valour Canada is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to connecting Canadians to their military heritage.
Mission: Valour Canada will create engaging programs to educate Canadians, with a focus on youth, about the importance of Canada’s military history.
Abstract: Informed and active citizenship depends on understanding and valuing the contribution of Canada’s military in shaping our country and the world.
In our democracy, ultimately it is our citizens who decide to send our serving men and women into conflict. To do so justifiably demands deep contemplation of what that may mean for our country, how it reflects or fails to reflect our national values, and the impact on those Canadians whom we put in harm’s way, their families and communities. Examining Canada’s role in armed conflict in the past informs us of the consequences of such commitments, enabling better informed decisions.
Through examining our military history, we gain an enhanced appreciation for what it means to be a Canadian. We have played an influential role on the global stage in the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, in part by “punching above our weight” and by fighting with and for the virtues and beliefs that underpin our national character. This should be a source of national pride and must be remembered and upheld as a standard for our nation’s military involvement in the future.
Across Canada, coverage of our military history is inconsistent in provincial school curricula. The extent to which military history is taught is left largely to the discretion of individual teachers.
Valour Canada strives to fill the gaps created by discretionary treatment of this foundational element of Canadian history and culture by creating educational resources, tools and programs that educators may easily utilize to meet or exceed curricula requirements while engaging students in meaningful and impactful discussion of the role our military has played and the responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
Valour Canada provides compelling and heavily researched stories of duty, valour, sacrifice, leadership and loss that empower Canadians in considering the price of their citizenship and the responsibility associated with deciding Canada’s future. These stories inspire the same virtues in every day life and highlight the principles Canada’s men and women have consistently fought for: among them, democracy, freedom, and human rights.
Our end goal is to create better Canadians, and through them, a better Canada.
“This program is fantastic. It’s engaging + informational. Thank you for modifying + adapting to my ELL students 🙂 Can’t wait to come back! Thank you!! :)”
– X.M., Calgary Catholic School District Teacher, October 2022
“It was very clear to me that the students enjoyed the multiple variations of activities. The real world connections + stories were visibly enjoyed. Great stuff!”
– J.W., Calgary Board of Education Teacher, April 2022
“I have participated in Valour Canada programming with hundreds of my students since the 2013-2014 school year. The quality of the programming has been consistently excellent. And thanks to Valour’s engagement with teachers and other education professionals, the programming has also been extraordinarily helpful for meeting program of studies objectives for Social Studies, particularly Social Studies 20.
The Valour Canada High School program has given my students the opportunity to interact with military artifacts, research military history as well as contemporary events, think critically, and discuss contemporary issues relating to international relations and the use of military force.
I highly recommend the Valour Canada program to High School Social Studies teachers. Moreover, I strongly recommend Valour Canada as a place to invest dollars in education, research and community engagement. Your investment will help ensure that this important educational opportunity survives and grows.”
– J.S., Calgary Board of Education Teacher, November 2017
Chair: Mr. Glenn Wilkinson Vice Chair: Mr. Dan Reinbold Directors:
Ms. Victoria Sotvedt
Mr. James Morton
Mr. James Meitl
Mr. Mark Illing
Mr. Brad Pierce
HCol James Cox
Mr. Robert Neufeld
Robert L Pierce O.C. Q.C. L.L.B. (1929-2012)
On March 17, 2012, Robert passed away after a brief illness. He served on the Board of Directors since 1996 and was a true and passionate Canadian. It was our honour to know him. A celebration of his life was held March 22, 2012. He is missed.
Allen (Al) Lennox (1935-2019)
Allan Lennox passed away peacefully on May 3, 2019. He was born in Halifax and relocated to Calgary in 1966. He was a long-time Board Member. A celebration of his life was held May 15, 2019. He is missed.
MAJOR DONOR RECOGNITION
Isabel Evelyn Hardwick Calow Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Our Intention is to educate Canadian Citizens so that they:
Appreciate the role of our military heritage in protecting Canadian interests, values and beliefs.
Understand the role our military history has had in shaping our country and the world.
Are inspired to be engaged and well-informed participatory citizens of Canada.