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Vimy reception at the French Embassy

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June 8, 2022

June 8, 2022 - Ottawa, Canada - The Vimy Foundation

On June 8th, 2022, the Vimy Foundation celebrated its belated15th Anniversary at the French Embassy in Ottawa. It was wonderful to see more than 130 guests at this event - the largest at the Embassy since March 2020 - and we are grateful to the Embassy's team, for their support and expertise. This event was also the occasion to announce the nomination of Carolyn Patton as our new Chair. She will replace Christopher Sweeney, who has given countless hours to the organization during his term.

A huge thank you to the Embassy, our 137 guests, our team and our sponsors:

Clearwater Seafoods

Pratt & Whitney Canada

Mill Street Florist

La maison Cookies and Cream

For more photos, check our album on Flickr.

Helen Vari, Christopher Sweeney and Carolyn Patton, at the Vimy Reception.

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