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August 2021
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An exciting new era of the Legion has begun. Earlier this month, Delegates at the 48th Dominion Convention gathered online to help set the direction for the future of our organization. Plus, with more and more Branches opening their doors once again, we are eager to continue doing everything we can to support Canada’s Veterans and their communities.
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Meet your new Senior Elected Officers
The Royal Canadian Legion’s 48th Dominion Convention (Virtual Edition) was a success, with 880 Delegates and 175 Observers attending! While this year’s format was different, our goal remained the same: to make the Legion the best it can be to serve Canada’s Veterans.
This year, Delegates representing close to 250,000 members met online to discuss the future of the Legion and elect the next Dominion President and Senior Elected Officers.
Congratulations go out to our new Senior Elected Officers, who will carry out the business of the organization until the next National Convention:
Dominion President – Bruce Julian
First Vice President – Owen Parkhouse
Vice President – Berkley Lawrence
Vice President – Sharon McKeown
Vice President – Brian Weaver
Treasurer – Mark Barham
Chairman – Bill Chafe
Immediate Past Dominion President – Tom Irvine
Key resolutions from the Convention
At the Dominion Convention, Delegates discussed a wide variety of resolutions to further the Legion’s mission and support the organization. Of note are these resolutions passed to support Veterans, Seniors and Communities:
ELIMINATION OF THE MARRIAGE OVER 60 CLAUSE
The Legion will press Veterans Affairs Canada to eliminate the law that states spouses who marry Veterans over 60 won’t receive automatic survivor pensions under the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (CFSA).
VAC CONTRACT BEDS FOR MODERN DAY VETERANS
In 2014 VAC announced that due to lack of demand by eligible Veterans that as contract beds (PABS) became vacant many would be closed. However, there are significant numbers of Veterans waiting for placement who are ineligible under current regulations.
The Legion will strongly advocate to extend the eligibility of “VAC Contract Beds” to include all Canadian Forces Veterans.
LTC FACILITIES
Veterans Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Health will produce a list of all Veterans waiting for placement in long-term care facilities. Legislation will be enacted to re-designate vacant contract beds to Preferred Admission Beds so waiting Veterans can be placed in LTC facilities close to their normal residence.
ESTABLISH INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE CAF AND DND
The Dominion President will call on the Government to establish a fully independent Office of the Inspector General of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence reporting to Parliament.
SUPPORT FOR CANADA’S INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
In 2021, Canada grew to a widespread understanding of the suffering, grief and indescribable heartbreak experienced within the Indigenous community stemming from the tragedy and devastating legacy of residential schools.
Convention Delegates have called for the Legion to play a role in creating Canada-wide unity by recognizing the importance of improving cultural and heritage awareness, understanding injustices and commemorating loss. The Legion and all its Commands, Branches and members will extend support, however possible and appropriate, and in collaboration with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, to assist in this healing journey.
Information on all resolutions passed and defeated will be shared with your local Branch.
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Celebrating the Dominion President Citation Awards
On August 7, the Dominion President Citation Awards were presented to five extraordinary Legion members whose outstanding work on behalf of Veterans and their families helps us build a better Legion. Meet the recipients and discover the difference their work has made.
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Trenton Legion therapy program awarded federal funding
Branch 110 in Trenton, Ontario will receive over $120,000 from Veterans Affairs Canada’s Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund to fund its Veterans’ wives support group for the next five years. The group, run by a registered psychotherapist, will also support female Veterans and military widows.
Read the article  ‣
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Help commemorate the 100th Poppy anniversary
In July 1921, the Great War Veterans Association, which later helped form the Canadian Legion, adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Legion has produced a commemorative Poppy pin reminiscent of those after the First World War.
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