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.
President Peter salmon get sworn in by Zone Commander Jane Anderson
The 2016 installation of Executive officers for Grandview Legion was held on Sunday January 24th and officiated by Zone Commander Jane Anderson. Although attendance for the event was low, everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food put on by our staff after the event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Rietveld, President of Unit #68 gives a speech on the Citadel Canine Society’s PTSD Dog program for veterans and first responders.
Bob Rietveld, President of Anavets Unit #68 and member of Legion Branch #291 gives a speech on the Citadel Canine Society’s PTSD Dog Program to members of Legion Branch 179. We are proud to say 179 Legion members stepped up to the plate and subsequently donated $5000.00 towards a Citadel canine dog for a BC based veteran or first responder.
The mission of Citadel Canine Society is two-fold: it strives to make the lives of our new veterans and first responders better, and it aims to reduce occupational stress that might have resulted from their service and Unit #68 is a proud supporter of this unique, yet vital program.