Presidents Message

Welcome to the Quilts of Valour website. 

What started in 2006 as an act of gratitude, with three quilts being presented to injured Canadian Armed Forces members has become a Nationwide non-profit society.  Quilts of Valour volunteers work to ensure injured Canadian Armed Forces members, past and present are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. We give this support through the presentation of quilts.

We have seen the joy and pride that a Quilt of Valour brings to a recipient. You may have already read some of the testimonials on our home page.  The feelings that are expressed are truly touching and make us want to do more.  

To date we have presented over 15,000 quilts.  We have only touched the tip of the iceberg as there are more than 185,000 Veterans.  Help us reach our goal of 20,000 quilts by the end of 2020, giving comfort and recognition to close to 5000 more injured military members. 

Scroll through our website to find ways that you can help Quilts of Valour recognize our injured Canadian Armed Forces members. Why not act now, get involved and make a difference. 

Mary Ewing

President

How We Started

In 2006 a local Edmonton quilter presented quilts to three Canadian Armed Forces members who were recovering in hospital from injuries they received in Afghanistan.  It was her way of saying “Thank You" and giving some comfort to these military 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 she never imagined.  From these humble beginnings Quilts of Valour - Canada was born.

Lezley Zwaal

Founder

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. We give this support through the presentation of quilts to comfort our injured past and present Canadian Forces members.

Quilts of Valour - Canada Society Launched

Through the encouragement, support and enthusiasm of quilters, the Quilts of Valour - Canada Society was formed as a registered national charity in 2009. 

The Quilts of Valour – Canada Society has presented quilts to thousands of recipients who are coping with injuries both visible and invisible.  These quilts are made by volunteer quilters from across the country who wished to show their appreciation to our injured Canadian Armed Forces members, past and present for their bravery and commitment to Canada and its citizens. The quilts come from individuals, groups and guilds, men and women, young people, retired armed forces members themselves and many others with no connection to the military.

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