Cobourg Media had the great opportunity to bring you exclusive coverage of the Battle of Vimy Ridge’s 100th anniversary. From local stories, interviews and on the ground coverage in England, France and Belgium we met veterans, historians, Canadians and tour guides to tell the story of the making of our country. Graham Beer also had the privilege to work for CityNews and interview students, military personnel and other Canadians who were there for a special reason. Thank you to the thousands who watched our coverage, shared it with friends and gave us comments. It is our pleasure bringing you local stories on a worldwide stage. Enjoy the articles, videos, and interviews below.

Articles From Vimy

CCI Students Raise Over $1600 For Vimy Ridge Foundation

Last month, the twenty-five Cobourg Collegiate Institute students and teachers who traveled to Vimy Ridge for the commemorative one-hundredth anniversary presented the Co-chair of the Vimy Foundation, Helen Vari a cheque for $1650 to the Vimy Foundation. After unexpected […]

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VIMY 100: An Experience That Will Never Be Forgotten

They said it was going to be a trip of a lifetime. It defiantly lived up to that and so much more. There was never a moment when you weren’t part of Canada. I traveled […]

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#Vimy100 “A Monumental Time in History… and I get to be part of it”

Just in over 24 hours I will be off to London England with 24 other CCI students and teachers for the first leg of my trip. Starting on Wednesday I will be posting picture and […]

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Reports from Vimy





Helen Vari Exclusive Interview with Graham Beer

We start our new Vimy 100 series with philanthropist and co-chair of the Vimy Foundation Helen Vari. Mrs Vari moved to Canada from Hungary in 1950 to marry her late honourable husband George Vari in Montreal. Mr Vari a famous civil engineer had only two dollars in his pocket when travelling here. Canada has given Helen and George so many opportunities and in recognition of that, they have made contributions to the Vimy Foundation, Vimy Education Centre, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University and many other organizations. While Mr Vari passed away in 2010 at the age of 87 Helen continues her work and strives to put Canada’s Veterans and young students to the forefront. Graham Beer interviewed Helen in her Cobourg estate about her life long story, Vimy Ridge connection, the importance of Canadian history and her vision ahead for Canada. Helen along with Graham will be in Vimy France for the 100th anniversary on April 9th and hope to connect in Paris where their two trips may possibly meet up.

Graham Beer sits down with Helen Vari at her estate in Cobourg.