On November 11th, Remember This

My Background

Two of my great uncles, Bernie and Art, and one of my great aunts, Alice, gave up their ordinary life and part-time jobs to join the Canadian forces during the Second World War. Bernie was mainly stationed in England, although he was assigned to fight in Sicily and North Africa as well (read more about him here). Art was part of the group who liberated the Dutch in Holland in 1945 (read more here). Alice was a sergeant of the Canadian General Staff who was stationed in England along with Bernie in 1941.

Cool fact: On May 1, 1943 Bernie and Alice became the first Canadian enlisted couple sanctioned to be married during the Second World War.

Bernie, Alice, and Art voluntarily risked their lives for the betterment of our country with a smile on their face. I owe a great deal of gratitude to these brave humans, including the men and women who went overseas with them. Thank you to all the past and present veterans who care so much for the citizens of their country and carry so much hope for a peaceful future.

Rest in peace Bernie, Art, and Alice, and lest we forget.

My Campaign: Liking lacks Love.

For my Photography class in university, I was assigned to create a text and image series (a cohesive and related group of images) that focus on a problem or question I face in my life. I chose to explore the issue of slacktivism* and Instagram likes by creating campaign posters that promote the act of donating to the veterans of Canada.

Slacktivism: “actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website” (oxforddictionaries.com)

My goal is to make aware, especially to social media fanatics, that liking a photo on Remembrance day (or simply posting one) does not contribute to a veteran in need. It is good to remember, but better to donate. Here are the 3 photos I created:

2016_morin_m_a 2016_morin_m_b 2016_morin_m_c

 Lest we forget. Like to remember, donate to support.

Poppies: Where does the money go?

Poppy proceeds go to the veterans of the Second World War who require support and to any member who has served/is serving in the Canadian Armed Forces today. This money goes towards:

  • medical equipment
  • home services (furnaces, accessible ramps, etc.)
  • long-term care facilities
  • food
  • eye glasses
  • hearing aids

There are homeless veterans. There are veterans being denied the help they need. 1 in 10 Canadian vets of the Afghan war is diagnosed with PTSD. Please buy and wear a poppy, your small donation will go a long way.


Where to donate:

Donation boxes will be spread across Canada, including:

  • retail outlets
  • banks
  • grocery stores
  • restaurants
  • convenience stores
  • businesses and organizations

It is important to take care of the humans who dedicate their lives to make yours a better one. To find out more information about veterans or donating, refer to these sites:


One last thing to remember:

Support veterans year-round, not just today.




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