Manitoba recognizes unique contributions of war brides

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Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino today congratulated the Portage and District Arts Centre for bringing to Manitoba a moving exhibition honouring Canadian war brides.
"I encourage Manitobans to visit the War Brides:  One-Way Passage exhibit," said Marcelino.  "It tells a story that affects many thousands of Canadians and thousands of Manitobans.  Many of these women are unsung heroes who helped rebuild our society after the war and greatly influenced Canada’s post-war generations."
The exhibit features paintings of Calgary artist Bev Tosh and runs until Oct. 30.  It has been shown across Canada and is the result of hundreds of interviews with war brides in North America, Britain, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.  It combines paintings, articles, letters, photographs and video to highlight the romance and adventure these women experienced.
"It took great courage for young women to leave behind their families and friends, travel to countries completely foreign to them and make new homes, " Marcelino said.
Nearly 45,000 British and European women (93 per cent British) formed part of the most unique emigrant wave ever to hit Canada.

War brides contributed much to our way of life and our economy, with their individual experiences, skills and hard work, the minister added.
"They have continued to show loyalty to their new country for more than half a century and have become a well-respected part of our society," she said.  "It’s important to acknowledge their role in our province’s history."

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