Diane Finley Announces Funding for Theatre Production Honouring Veterans in Cayuga, Ontario

Cayuga, ON – On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the Ruthven Park National Historic Site will receive up to $5,000 for the creation of a theatre production that will highlight the impact of the First World War on the local community.

“Through the efforts of organizations such as the Ruthven Park National Historical Site, we can ensure the sacrifices and stories of our Veterans and members of the Canadian Forces will live on for generations to come,” said Minister Blaney. “Our Government is proud to support projects that highlight the contributions of those brave men and women who fought and continue to fight in the defence of peace, freedom, the rule of law and democracy around the world.”

“I applaud the Ruthven Park National Historic Site and the Studio Babette Puppet Theatre for helping young Canadians learn about this important era of Canadian history,” said Minister Finley. “This project will engage youth in remembering the sacrifices of those who served in the First World War and teach them about the impact the war had on this region.”

The production, a partnership between Ruthven Park National Historic Site and Studio Babette Puppet Theatre, will tell the story of the Thompson family’s involvement in the First World War and will describe the war’s impact on local families. The script will include Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson in his role as head of the 114th Brocks Rangers, and his sons who also served during the First World War.

A community performance of the play is planned at the Ruthven Park National Historic Site in the fall of 2012. Other venues for performances will include schools, nursing homes and community events.

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other groups interested in planning remembrance initiatives. Funding applications are accepted throughout the year. For more information on the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, please visit veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122.

Media inquiries:
Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada

Codie Taylor
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs