Quilts of Valour - Canada Society gives an injured Canadian Armed Forces member a personal gift from Canadian quilters, a quilted hug from a grateful nation.
Coast to Coast to Coast
Volunteer quilters range in all ages and all walks of life and all express their support and gratitude to these service members. With the assistance of quilters and non-quilters who represent all regions of Canada, Quilts of Valour - Canada Society has established contacts for our quilt giving coast to coast
Quilts of Valour
Quilts of Valour - Canada Society (QOVC) encourages volunteer quilters to make the quilts for our injured CAF members. Quilt size guidelines have been developed for quilters to follow, as well as the application of the QOVC label. QOVC provides a network to help complete the quilt with a long arm quilting machine, if the need arises. QOVC will then ensure the quilts will be distributed to CAF bases(Intregrated Personnel Service Centres) or other areas where required for the benifit of our injured military members.
Delivering Quilts of Valour
Intregrated Personnel Service Units (IPSC) across Canada present the quilts to injured military members recovering from physical or/and unseen injuries.Quilts are also presented to care facilities where our Veterans now live.QOVC representatives are also involved in the presentation of QOV's when and where the recipient feels comfortable.
How We Started
A local Edmonton quilter presented quilts to three injured CAF members recovering in the hospital in 2006. It was her way of saying "Thank You" and giving some comfort to these CAF members. She was not prepared for the impact of meeting these brave young men and learning first hand of their injuries. It made such an impression that it has taken quilter Lezley Zwaal in directions never imagined.
Quilts of Valour - Canada Society Launched
Through the encouragement and support and enthusiasm of other quilters, Quilts of Valour - Canada Society was formed in 2009 as a Registered Charity. Quilts have been delivered to thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members, past and present, who have been injured while deployed "in theatre" as well as others who are coping with injuries visible and invisible as they have worked to keep us safe, and help us at home and abroad.
These quilts are made by volunteer quilters across the country wishing to show their appreciation for the bravery and commitment to Canada and its citizens. The quilts come from individuals, groups and guilds, men and women quilters, young people, retired armed forces members themselves and many with no connection to the military.