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Article / December 16, 2016

By Capt Graeme Kaine, 39 CBG Public Affairs

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery's Women on the Homefront exhibit celebrates the work that women were doing in their homes and workplaces during the Second World War to support the troops overseas. 39 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) was recently visited by Shannon King, Manager of Audience Engagement at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, who dropped off hand-crafted wool scarves for military personnel who are currently serving Canada on NATO missions around the world.

During the First and Second World Wars, women banded together to do all they could to support the troops overseas. This included the women rationing and conserving resources and working together to make items needed for the front lines. A lot of this work was done at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where they canned herring in tomato sauce for the troops. The women also attended knitting bees to create scarves, socks, and sweaters for troops.

The purpose of the Women on the Home Front exhibit is to connect the present and the past, and so the National Historic Site has been offering programs that teach people today the skills women used during the war. In July, the Cannery held a knit-in to share knitting skills and stories, and to inspire local community members to knit for members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Volunteers from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and members of the Anglican Church knitting group in Richmond, B.C. got to work! Eighteen scarves were knit by these volunteers to provide active servicemen and women with a local, hand-made gift to remind them that Canadians are thinking of them while they are serving overseas and wishing them a safe return home. 

The scarves were knit by Gulf of Georgia Cannery volunteers Debbie Nider, Gisele Touzin, Toy Chong, as well as Janet Sutherland and other members of the Anglican Church knitters group. 

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s Women on the Homefront exhibit will be displayed until April 2017. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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