Plaque unveiling and book launch — Montreal

                 *YMCA being honoured by Ukrainian Canadians*

_UCCLA Media Release – For Immediate Distribution_ (Ottawa, 25 September 2007)

The public is invited to the unveiling of a trilingual, bronze plaque recalling the help offered to Ukrainian and other European internees by the YMCA’s Military Service Department, under the direction of Mr F S Shepard. During Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920, YMCA educational and recreational services were provided to internees at the Fort Henry, Petawawa & Kapuskasing camps in Ontario, at the Spirit Lake in Quebec, at the Morrissey and Vernon camps in British Columbia and at the camp in Amherst, Nova Scotia. It is likely that other camps were also visited by the YMCA’s Internment Camp Work committee.

The plaque is being unveiled at the YMCA, 1440 Stanley Street, Montreal, on Saturday, 29 September 2007, at 11 am. The event will be followed by a reception and the launch of Marsha Skrypuch’s most recent book, /Prisoners in the Promised Land The Ukrainian Internment Diary of Anya Soloniuk /(Scholastic Canada, 2007).


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