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Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Ambassador Kevin Vickers has had a long distinguished career in service of the Canadian government. Born in New Brunswick to middle class parents of Irish heritage, he attended St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Calgary. After leaving school, Ambassador Vickers first served his country as a member of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police for over 29 years, eventually leaving the service as Chief Superintendent.

He then went on to become the Director of Security Operation in the Canadian House of Commons in 2006, being appointed as the Sergeant At Arms. He gained international notoriety in 2014 when he stopped Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in the Parliament Hill attack, ending the shooting spree after fatally injuring Zehaf-Bibeau.

He left the House of Commons at the beginning of 2015 as a hero, with much praise and numerous accolades from both foreign and domestic individuals. His newest role saw him assume position as the ambassador to Ireland, where we look forward to many prosperous years of friendship.

Our Aims and Objectives

THE THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2013 TO PROMOTE PRIDE IN AND RESPECT FOR THE IRISH FLAG AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS SYMBOLISM AND MEANING FOR PEACE, IN PARTICULAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNICITY, CREED OR GENDER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF IRELAND, INCLUDING THOSE WHO CONSTITUTE THE ‘NEW IRISH’, ARE MADE AWARE OF THE FLAG’S MESSAGE, AND ARE FULLY INCLUDED IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT A REALITY BY MAKING A SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION AS ACTIVE CITIZENS. EACH YEAR, WE SEND OUT A FUNDRAISING PACK TO EACH OF OUR REGISTERED SCHOOLS, WHICH INCLUDE FLAG LAPEL PINS FOR THE STUDENTS TO SELL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A CHARITY OR PROJECT OF THEIR CHOICE. WE ALSO PROVIDE SCHOOLS WITH PLANS FOR HOW TO CELEBRATE FLAG DAY, AND FLAGS FLOWN FROM 33 THE MALL. 

Aims and Objectives