NINETY-SIX YEAR OLD VETERAN STILL POPPY TAGGING

Agnes has been involved with Poppy Tagging since the 1950's

Agnes has been involved with Poppy Tagging since the 1950’s

Most of us would think that at the age of ninety-six, we’d be curled up at home with a nice cup of tea and a good book. Well that’s not the case with this Legionnaire and WW II veteran.

Besides being a WWII veteran, Agnes is a life member of both the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada. She also holds the rank of “Honourary Captain” of the 2290 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, British Columbia Regiment “101 Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles” and for the last 36 years has been running the weekly canteen and fund raising for her beloved cadets at Beatty Street Armoury.

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POPPIES SEND MESSAGES OF PEACE AND THANKS

One of Twelve Poppies gifted to Branch 179 by the young students of our local Aboriginal Focus School.

One of Twelve Poppies gifted to Branch 179 by the young students of our local Aboriginal Focus School.

Just before Remembrance Day 2016 we received an email from a teacher at the local Aboriginal Focus School here in Vancouver telling us that his young students wished to create and gift our Legion with poppies carrying messages of peace and thanks to our military for keeping them safe. The poppies are done in the Salish style and we are delighted to have received them.

There are 12 poppies and the students were assisted by the support staff in the classroom. each poppy is accompanied with a small message of “Peace is_______” on the back as a tiny token of thanks to the women and men who have served in our military.

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BRANCH 179 GETS NEW BAR

Staff and members stand in front of the old bar soon to be an old memory in the near future

Staff and members stand in front of the old bar soon to be replaced in the near future

Yes you heard it here… our branch is finally getting long awaited new bar facilities to replace our old troubled bar and cooler system which has been in service since we opened at the present location in the 50’s and has worked overtime ever since.

There wouldn’t be a week pass without something going wrong with our old systems. Cooler doors that wouldn’t close, leaking lines, dish washer or ice machine breaking down, not to mention having to go to the basement for new kegs and cases. The new bar will address all these issues and more, giving the branch a much needed push into the 21st century.

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THANK YOU GW COMMUNITY POLICING CENTRE & VANCITY

Grandview Legion Display at Van City on Commercial Drive was courtesy of the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre

Grandview Legion Display at Van City on Commercial Drive was courtesy of the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre

Thank you Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre and Van City Credit Union from the Executive and members of Branch #179!

Over the years Branch #179 has been a proud supporter of the GWCPC and in way of thanks for our support over the years they recently donated this wonderful Poster Display which was recently presented in the Commercial Drive branch of Van City Credit Union.

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WIN A VIA RAIL TRIP FOR TWO ACROSS CANADA

Win a Via Rail Trip Across Canada

ORIGINALLY POSTED OTTAWA, ON, March 8th 2016 – The Royal Canadian Legion is thanking its members by offering a chance to win a trip for two on Via Rail across Canada.

The trip, valued at over $13,000.00, will let one lucky member and their guest experience breathtaking landscapes between Toronto and Vancouver, one that can only be experienced on the legendary Canadian train.

The winner will also enjoy the relaxing and comfortable Sleeper Plus travel class, which includes meal service, business lounge access and priority boarding.

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HONOURS AND AWARDS PRESENTATIONS 2015

J. Burch accepts his 50 year membership medal along with 5 year bars totaling 70 years of membership

J. Burch accepts his 50 year membership medal along with 5 year bars totaling 70 years of membership

On Sunday October 25th 2015 during our General Monthly Meeting our Honours and Awards Officer, Diane Janes had the pleasure of handing out a number of awards and certificates to a large number of deserving members. Among the members receiving a medal was Lifetime Member Jack Burch with 70 years of service and membership.

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VARIETY KIDS SUNSHINE COACH PROGRAM DONOR CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

The Sunshine Coach Program

Larry Carlson of Variety presents Gerry Vowles with a certificate of appreciation for contributing to the Sunshine Coach Program.

From Left to Right: Larry Carlson – Variety Volunteer, Gerry Vowles – 2nd Vice President, Ron Rennie – Treasurer, Diane Janes – 1st Vice President

Variety and community-based organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 179 team up with the support of donors to provide specialized vehicles that transport children in safety and comfort to places of education, therapy and recreation. They currently have more than 500 Sunshine Coaches on the roads of B.C.!

Branch 179 is very pleased to be a donor to the Sunshine Coach Program and will continue to support variety in the upcoming year’s.

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COPS AND KIDS COMMUNITY OUTREACH CHEQUE PRESENTATION

Cops and Kids Community Outreach Cheque Presentation

From Left to Right: Sgt. at Arms: Hector Nicolson, President: Peter Salmon, 2nd Vice President: Gerry Volwes, Past President: Dusty Olenik, Secretary: Jan Holt; Volunteer Coordinator: Samantha Warden, CPC Coordinator: Cathy O’Connor Morris, and Neighbourhood Police Officer: Constable Mike Lemon

Annually, the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) hosts its signature back to school safety event, “Cops, Kids & Commercial Drive,” at a local park during the month of September and 179 is a proud supporter of this wonderful community outreach program. We recently had an opportunity to complete the presentation of our donation with a photo op with the GWCPC staff including CPC Coordinator: Cathy O’Connor Morris, Volunteer Coordinator: Samantha Warden and Neighbourhood Police Officer: Constable Mike Lemon outside under our second new mural.

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LIFE MEMBERSHIP PRESENTATION – KATHY ENSOR

Kathy Ensor proudly displays her life membership certificate.

From Left to Right: Hector Nicolson – Sgt at Arms, Peter Salmon – President, Ron Rennie – Treasurer, Kathy Ensor – recipient, Diane Janes – 1st Vice President, Gerry Vowles – 2nd Vice President

On Sunday June 26th the Executive and members of Branch 179 were pleased to present Kathy Ensor with her Life Membership to the Royal Canadian Legion.

Retired after 30 years in increasingly senior roles with government, Kathy has long brought her talents to the Legion and is a member of Branch 179. Since 1992 she has held almost all executive positions at the Grandview branch, as well as Deputy and Zone Commander. She currently serves in the Vancouver/Burnaby Zone as Secretary, and as Treasurer for the Vancouver Poppy Fund managing a significant Poppy fund of over $400,000 annually and is going into her 15th year in this role. She is also the President of the Lower Mainland Colour Party.

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