Supporting Youth Education Programs Exploring Canada’s Military History

The Military Museums Foundation and the PPCLI Foundation are co-hosting a Gala Commemorative Dinner at the Military Museums to support youth education programs which bring to life Canada's rich military heritage.

Calgary, Canada, September 14, 2016 --( On Saturday, September 24 2016, set within multiple exhibits at The Military Museums, the Commemorative Dinner celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme will honor Canada’s rich military heritage and pay tribute to those heroic Canadians who participated in the Battle, especially those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

The Battle of the Somme was one of the war’s most significant campaigns and Canadian soldiers from coast to coast saw heavy action in the fighting there in 1916. The scale of the fighting and the shocking toll it took makes the Battle epitomize the horrors of the First World War for many people. The losses were truly appalling - the Allies suffered more than 650,000 casualties. More than 24,000 Canadian soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing.

Youth Education

The Military Museums Foundation and the PPCLI Foundation both are dedicated to enlightening Canadians, particularly youth, about the impact of military events like the Battle of the Somme on Canada’s development, the sacrifices taken by Canadians and allies in the defense of our nation and freedom, and the importance of military security - now and in the future.

The Military Museums Foundation supports programs at the Museum which are composed of interactive presentations, tours, and art activities serving over 18,000 students a year. Each is designed to be relevant to specific grade levels - from grades 1-12. Programs are supported by an Education Centre within the Museum capable of accommodating 66 students and outfitted with modern SMART™ technology.

The programs the PPCLI Foundation support opportunities to tour battlefields where Canadian soldiers have fought; scholarships and bursaries, opportunities to serve in 13 cadet corps youth they learn firsthand about citizenship, discipline, teamwork and comradery; and curriculum-driven programs that explore Canadian military history.

Reception in the Victor Taboika Exhibit

Preceding dinner in the Naval Museum, guests will convene at a reception in the Victor Taboika Exhibit. On loan from the private collection of Calgarian Victor Taboika, the exhibit is part of The Military Museums educational programming. Central to the contextual learning experience for students, the well-preserved uniforms that sit on mannequin bodies, from the crude flak jackets and cumbersome clothing that soldiers wore while in the muddy trenches, to one-of-a-kind items as the hat of Sam Steele, famed police officer and Boer War officer.

Media Information Session

At 5:00pm - a half hour before the event begins - a gathering will be hosted for representatives of the media see the exhibits, question Victor Taboika about the collection, and get further insight into the youth education programs.

Contact: To RSVP for the Media Information Session, contact Alex Gault @ 403-966-4715 or
PPCLI Foundation
Alex Gault