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
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 quilters to make the quilts for our injured CAF members. There are a set of guidelines to follow for the quilts – size; presentation case; labels. QOVC provides a network to help complete the quilt with a large frame quilting machines if needed. QOVC will then ensure the military contacts will receive the quilts on their behalf.
Delivering Quilts of Valour
Local military chaplains and military support groups deliver the quilts to soldiers recovering from physical injuries and those learning to cope with the psychological affects from their work overseas. Quilts are delivered to care facilities where our veterans now live. Outreach programs are delivering quilts of support to veterans who are having difficulties returning to the civilian life. The quilts are not a badge of honour after recovery, but a hug of comfort during their recovery and for many years thereafter and to say "Thank You".
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 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.