Local high school student, Daphné Dupuis, wins prestigious national Vimy Pilgrimage Award

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Out of hundreds of applicants from across the country, Dupuis , 17, was selected to participate in this Vimy Foundation program, which recognizes the actions of 20 young people aged 14-17 who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, and leadership in their communities. Students can now apply for the 2021 Award .

The fully funded educational program takes place in Belgium and France in the week leading up to Vimy Ridge Day (April 9 th ). Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Vimy Foundation has decided to suspend its educational programs involving student travel to Europe for the immediate future. The 2020 Vimy Pilgrimage Award is, at present, postponed to a later date to be confirmed.

Highland dancer Daphné Dupuis is a volunteer instructor at MacLeod Dance Studio. The Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School student founded a mental health advocacy initiative to benefit the school community, is captain of the Cheerleading team and a member of both student council and senate. Dupuis founded Don8Life, an organ donation awareness initiative teaching organ donation curriculum at a local driving school in Sault Ste Marie. This Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipient was also a finalist at the Canada Wide Science Fair two years in a row.

To commemorate Vimy Ridge Day this year, The Vimy Foundation will be sharing tributes to Canadian military personnel created by the 2020 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients. These will be available on the Pilgrimage Blog , and on the Foundation’s social media ( @vimyfoundation ). Publishing these tributes allows students, who will attend the program at a postponed date, to share individual stories of the Great War generation and to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

On April 9th, 1917, at Vimy Ridge, 100,000 Canadian soldiers gathered for the first time as a unified force. Today, we remember all who served during the First World War, and we celebrate our Canadian unity and resilience.

Thank you to our lead sponsor Scotiabank for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential.

This program is also sponsored by Air Canada: The First World War is an important, strategic moment in Canadian history and Air Canada is proud to support our youth and tomorrow’s leaders by sponsoring the 2020 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, allowing 20 exceptional teenagers from across Canada to learn and remember.