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    In Vietnam, my team was sent to the local orphanage to spend Christmas Eve with the orphans and the too few Nuns who worked around the clock to look after them. We didn’t know what to expect – we had just come in out of the bush and we weren’t in much of a mood...

  • Our Executive Director, Melanie Timmons, was invited to Global Calgary to share about the War In Pieces pop-ups. In this short segment, Melanie explains the story behind the infamous Izzy dolls, a sweet idea and gesture that was nurtured between a mother and a son, out of compassion and caring. You can watch the segment...

  • To ensure our military community is appreciated and not forgotten, War In Pieces collects, curates and exhibits heartfelt stories and mementoes that have been donated by Canadian soldiers, veterans and their family members. “Our exhibit reveals the challenges and rewards of military life. We provide visitors with an intimate glimpse into lives of commitment, sacrifice...

  • I deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in November 2010 as a Tactical Civil Military Cooperation Team Leader. My team was attached to “C” Squadron combat team in order to help with the battle damage assessment and to mitigate the negative effects of Route Hyena. “C” squadron was in charge of security and construction of route Hyena,...

  • The Jams and Condiments NCO wears his “Hajji Don’t Surf” patch partway under his chest rig. The patches are ubiquitous, but seldom see the light of day up here in Kabul as they’re considered too aggressive or politically incorrect; The closer you get to the bureaucratic heart of the war, the more oppressive the over watch. Mick, whose...

  • Jessica Lynn Wiebe is from Brandon, Manitoba currently living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated with her BFA from NSCAD University in 2015, and with her BEd from Acadia University in 2016. Jessica’s work responds to her service in the Canadian military as a soldier and educator. She employs storytelling and performance in...

  • Scott Waters received a visual art degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Fine Arts from York University. Born in Northern England, he grew up in British Columbia but now lives in Toronto, Ontario. After retiring from the military, Waters was asked to join the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP), a program...

  • notepad and pen

    Stories open minds, change the way people think, win hearts and connect us all. Our differences fade when we share a story, a laugh, or a tear. Many of our War In Pieces storytellers have shared with us that in finding their voice and sharing their stories, they’ve discovered a sense of peace, pride, healing and hopefulness...

  • Special Occasions

    Celebrating holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other special moments that happen throughout the year can be tricky for military families, especially if a family member is deployed. As Easter approaches, we can’t help but think about all of the military men and women who have had to spend weeks, months and years away from the...

  • A Soldier's Wife

    A soldier comes and goes, without ever a peep, Reflections of his last trip, remaining ever so deep He is off to go to another foreign land, Rucksack and duffle bag, a grip in his hand. He will leave yet again, for a long, long time, But always will remain, forever on her mind. She...