Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where are you based? Do you travel across Canada?

    Historica Canada’s national offices are located in downtown Toronto. The Memory Project is a truly national program. Our staff members promote the program, recruit new volunteer speakers, and commemorate military anniversaries across Canada. We have visited communities large and small – from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC, and every province in between. Check out the Anniversaries and Events section of our website for more information - perhaps we are coming to a city or town near you!

  • Are you bilingual?

    YES! Our program is completely bilingual, providing equal services in both official languages.

  • Does your program cost anything?

    No – all our programming is FREE. It is provided to educators and community leaders free of charge, as are our Educator Resources. Our guest speakers are volunteering their own time. Without their commitment, we simply would not exist.

  • I live in a remote area. Will I have the opportunity to attend speaking engagements?

    We work hard to ensure all our volunteers have the opportunity to attend speaking engagements. We cannot always predict where we will have demand for Memory Project volunteers, but we book visits in communities large and small all across Canada. In addition to in-person visits, we have the opportunity for our volunteers do video conferencing – such as Skype – which is a great way to overcome our vast Canadian geography and forge unique connections!

  • How can I best prepare my class/group for a visit?

    The more you put into a Memory Project speaking engagement, the more you get out of it. As a visit organizer, it is your responsibility to contact your volunteer speaker well in advance of the visit to discuss all relevant details including presentation content and travel arrangements. Have your audience prepare for the visit by doing research on the speaker and/or the Canadian military and composing questions in advance. Many of our volunteer speakers are featured on our Veteran Stories section. Our online Information for Visit Organizers contains more tips and suggestions.

  • Can I provide Feedback on my speaking experiences?

    Yes! We love hearing from our volunteers. Please let us know how your visit went by filling out our Feedback Form for a chance to win prizes. This is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged so we can continue to improve our programming.

  • A school or community group I visited through The Memory Project has now begun contacting me for speaking engagements directly. What should I do?

    We are aware that this happens from time to time. Please encourage visit organizers to continue to book speaking engagements through The Memory Project. Properly tracking the speaking engagement activity of our volunteers, including how many Canadians they have reached, helps us to paint an accurate picture for our records and our funders.

  • Can I bring a family member or friend to my speaking engagement?

    Yes, we encourage all Memory Project members to do so. Many of our speakers bring fellow veterans or Canadian Forces members with them as potential new volunteers for the program, or their parents, spouses, children, and/or friends. Friends and family enjoy hearing what the volunteer has to say and can help out with the transportation and logistics of speaking engagements. Please advise the visit organizer in advance if you are bringing anyone with you.

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