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Presence of the Legion at the vaccination center - Branch 010

May 9, 2021

You will recognize in the photo from the left, the president, comrade Guy Marchessault,
the secretary comrade Mireille Patry, the 1st vice-president, comrade Jean-Pierre Lemelin
and at the back the 2nd vice-president, comrade Jean-Pierre Gaudreau.

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021, four members of the executive committee of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10 of Sherbrooke presented roses to the ladies who gave the vaccine as well as to the female staff who worked at the vaccination centre during this pandemic period.

This gesture was greatly appreciated by these ladies.


Stay awhile - Talk to a Veteran - Branch 115

April 25, 2021

Comrade Robin Pelletier posing behind his bench.

Comrade Robin Pelletier is a member of our Branch 115 and serves as our Service Officer & Sgt. at Arms.

He spent over 15 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, and during the winter he built this beautiful park bench.

He has it in front of his house in St. Lazare.

Nice tribute from a very fine fellow.


Comrades Working Together to Give their Branch a Much Needed Facelift - Branch 121

April 21, 2021

The Royal Canadian Legion Auclair 121 located in Otterburn Park, Quebec has had its fair share of peering into the eyes of closure but with one comrade’s vision and another comrade willing to take on the challenge, that vision is coming true.

The Auclair 121 Branch in Otterburn Park has been pretty much closed due to Covid-19 since March 2020 but that did not stop Laura Derry from making her brother Bruce’s and many other members dream come true.


It started with a crack in the foundation last September, the Legion had the funds to fix the crack but the funds were not available to replace the walls and the floor that had been damaged due to the water.

Laura started fundraising specifically for renovations to the building. A year later over $17,000 has been raised and the interior of the building has been completely transformed. Not to mention, after applying for various grants, she also was able to secure another $9,000 for a much needed mobility reduced bathroom on the first floor and $30,000 to help pay for the bills since Covid-19 has kept the doors shut for the past year.

But the success of this project could not be done alone. Several comrades of the Legion have spent countless hours doing the renovations and helping her fundraise to make this project a reality. Most of the materials and furniture were acquired second-hand through Facebook marketplace, online and through contacts, keeping the costs minimal and on budget.


“This project has kept us busy through the pandemic. Luckily, we have all stayed healthy and it has brought us great pleasure to see our Legion transform to a place where I am sure our veterans and the community will love to socialize once we can reopen our doors.” Derry said

As with many Legions across Canada, Auclair 121 Branch is looking forward to getting back to some sort of normalcy.

“Once restrictions have been lifted, we look forward to seeing our Comrades and give them a grand tour of our new and improved facility.” Derry shared.

You can visit their webpage at www.auclair121.com to see the before and after photos of the renovations that have been achieved over the past 8 months.


The Legion Poppy Fund provides support to Cadets - Branch 033

March 1st, 2021

From left to right: Joanne Blais, Corps de cadet 2644; comrade Christophe Chene, sergeant at arms, Branch 033 Aylmer.

On Monday, March 1st, the Poppy Fund provided $2500 to support Cadet Corps 2644 Regiment de Hull.

The Royal Canadian Legion has a long and valued partnership with Cadets Canada.

The aim of the Cadet Program is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate an interest of youth in the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Cadets volunteer to help the Legion with the Poppy Campaign, support our Veterans and take active roles in commemorative ceremonies across Canada.

These young men and women play a vital role in supporting Legion activities and promoting Remembrance.

The Legion is proud to support Canada's Cadets and recognizes their service by offering all graduating Cadets a one-year free membership in the Legion.


Operation Rudolf - Branch 091

January 5, 2021

In the picture is Comrade Jean-Guy Hayes, Treasurer Jim Nairn and President Wolf Schmitz outside our Branch where the deer have gathered.

Even during the holiday shut down of many Legions, during this virus period, Ste Anne’s Legion, Branch 091 was able to make wooden Reindeer for the Village of Ste Anne De Bellevue and many others who wanted a Rudolf.

Over $2000 was raised by the members in this effort.


Fundraising at Branch 115

December 5, 2020

Our fundraising campaign on December 5, in the form of drive-thru, was a great success.

Comrade Jay Oland organized an amazing day, and it was VERY well received.

(Photos by Peter Mansell)

A special thank you goes out to all of our members and friends who dropped by to purchase the various products we had available.

Some 125 cars drove through our set up with the occupants donating 680 kg of food for the John Abbott College Food Bank.

(Photos by Peter Mansell)

Numerous members and new members also signed up for 2021.

It was a long cold day for our 17 volunteers, but very worthwhile and just seeing members and friends for the first time in many months was wonderful as well.

On behalf of Legion Branch 115, I wish to thank all of you who were there on that day.

You are all so kind and generous.

Comrade Rod L. Hodgson
President
Branch 115
Hudson


Remembrance Day Ceremony - Branch 238

November 29, 2020


With Remembrance Day being over, Branch DION 238 Beloeil/McMasterville would like to thank all its generous donors who made this day a success with the purchase of a wreath.


Exceptionally this year, the ceremony took place behind closed doors due to Pandemic Covid-19, but was available live on our Facebook page.

Thank you.


Branch 108 is turning a new leaf

November 19, 2020


After 76 years our old building was demolished on November 2, 2020, to make room to a newer, smaller and more economical 2400 square foot complex

This project was 5 years in the making. We tried partnering with other Non-Profit organizations, however, our attempts were unsuccessful.


We therefore had to look at other options because the Status Quo was not viable as the cost to replace the roof, the main floor, heating system, AC and insulation far exceeded our disposable funds.

Therefore, the membership agreed to sell 2/3 of the usable land to a building contractor in order to raise the required capital.


The negotiations with the buyer/contractor included an agreement to use our capital from the sale to demolish the old building and build a new 2400-square-foot complex.

Construction is well underway, and we hope to be fully functional in early 2021.


Branch 108 Châteauguay will be undertaking an aggressive Fund-Raising Campaign in order to complete the project and meet our financial obligations.

"Come and visit our new home in 2021."


Frank A. Cholette, B.BA, CD
President
Branch 108
Châteauguay


A bakery in Chateauguay rebuffed for using the poppy symbol in a fundraising - Branch 108

Source:Le Soleil de Chateauguay
November 20, 2020

The Bakery used its own money to make the cookies.
(Photo : Facebook - Obsession Bakery)

The Obsession bakery in Chateauguay was forced to stop production of cookies with the Poppy symbol made to raise money for Royal Canadian Legion Chateauguay Branch 108, because an authorization to use the emblem of Remembrance Day was not given. Miscommunication about the procedure to use it would have caused the issue.

The Obsession Bakery published the story on its Facebook page on November 12th, highlighting that the cookies’ campaign raised $2,195 given “with love, respect and gratitude” to the Chateauguay Legion.

“We were not aware that there was an official procedure for using the Poppy symbol and it was never our intention to show any disrespect. It was our belief that this flower is so recognizable, that it represents our national respect and gratitude for the sacrifices made by those that gave all. We also saw it as the best way to raise the most amount of money for our friends at the Legion”, reads the Facebook post.

One of the co-owners, Nicolas Néron, also contacted Le Soleil on this topic, stating that he found it deplorable that the bakery was told their use of the Poppy symbol was disrespectful in this case.


Frank Cholette, President of the Chateauguay Legion, told the paper that this whole story was “unpleasant” for him as well, since he knows the bakery has been devoted to the community and the Legion for years.

He explained that in September, he asked the provincial Legion for authorization for an individual who contacted him to knit Poppies to raise money.

“After they checked with the federal Legion, I was told that as long as all the funds are going to the Legion, it’s okay”, affirmed Cholette.

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The Aylmer Legion Remembrance Day Ceremony - Branch 033

November 11, 2020


The Covid-19 pandemic restrictions resulted in unprecedented request, the Royal Canadian Legion reminded Canadians that the best way to pay tribute to our fallen this year, was at home.


For the first time ever, people were asked not to attend ceremonies in person.


Consequently, the Aylmer Legion Branch 033, Quebec, prepared and presented the 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony virtually.

With the virtual participation of Cadets & Junior Canadian Rangers from all over Canada, the ceremony can be seen on the Aylmer Legion 33 YouTube channel at the following address https://youtu.be/68GSP7C2FNw

We will remember them!


Remembrance Day Ceremony - Branch 094

November 11, 2020


On November 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., a small but dignified ceremony was held at the cenotaph in front of City Hall.

In attendance were:

  • Comrade Fred Goodall, Poppy Fund Chairman
  • Comrade Claudette Lapointe, 2nd Vice President
  • Comrade Jack Gammon, Veteran (Korea)
  • Robert Myles, borough President


In compliance with the protocol from Provincial Command, the wearing of masks was mandatory as was social distancing.

The general public was discouraged from attending.



Comrade Fred Goodall conducted a brief ceremony that began with the prayer ‘Lest we forget’, followed by two minutes of silence, the Act of Remembrance and closed with the singing of "O Canada".

A total of fourteen wreaths were placed at the base of the cenotaph by Comrade Jack Gammon representing the Legion, Branch 094 and by Robert Myles representing the borough of Greenfield Park.


Donation to the Branch from a local area resident - Branch 115

November 11, 2020

Mrs. Paola Irrera handing over her donation
to our Branch President, comrade Rod Hodgson.

Back in October, Paola Irrera, decided to make poppy masks and she promised to donate part of the sales to our Legion, Branch 115.

Well, at the end of November she had raised $850.00!

On behalf of our Branch, thank you for this very kind and generous donation.


11 November 2020, Remembrance Day Ceremony - Branch 171

November 11, 2020


Most of the wreaths were placed around the cenotaph ahead of time.

Following the provincial guidelines only six wreaths were presented during the ceremony.

Left to right: Sgt at Arms, comrade Jan Van Der Hoeven, comrade Michel Drouin, comrade Eddy Black and comrade Barry Baumel.

The weather was superb this year with a gentle misty rain falling and warmer temperatures than normal.

This year's Remembrance Day Ceremony was scaled down due to COVID, including the colour guard.


Father Dion and Branch President, comrade David Pittman performed the act of remembrance during the ceremony.

Father Dion and Piper Shawn Denny during the playing of Amazing Grace.

Some of the attendees in the background following the proper distancing protocols.


Branch 216 REMEMBERS

November 11, 2020

A small Remembrance Day ceremony was held at Branch 216 on November 11, 2020.

The wreaths were laid at the foot of our cenotaph, including that of Canada,
which was laid by the MP for Laval — Les Îles, Fayçal El-Khoury.

A person paying respect to a family member.

This ceremony, which had to adapt to the constraints we now experience, took place in accordance with the regulations in force of the National and Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.


2020, Quyon Remembrance Day Ceremony - Branch 231

November 8, 2020

From left to right: Comrades Peter Erwin, Associate Member, Rick van Waard, Associate Member, Rita van Waard, Associate Member, Sharon Richards Young, Treasurer, Francine Goderre, Associate Member, Darlene Morris, Secretary, Poppy Chairman and Membership, Lyle Fraser, President, Carol Byrne, Associate Member, Vikki Stanley, 1st Vice President.
Cheryl Dolan, Photographer and videographer"

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 231, Quyon hosted a virtual live Facebook Remembrance Day Service on November 8, 2020 at noon, with 10 members participating and over 800 views.


A stair lift to accommodate seniors and handicapped members - Branch 015

October 29, 2020

Pictured from left to right: Steve McGee, Collette Pageau, Branch President Siemy Stellwagen, Mike Bean of Jozak Atlas and Shirley Smith.
(Photo by Gordon Alexander)

Richmond, Branch 015 installed an Atlas stair lift to accommodate seniors and handicapped members.

In the photo Branch member Shirley Smith gets the first ride as Jozak Atlas representative Mike Bean shows her how the lift works.

The Richmond Branch paid for the stair lift with proceeds raised from their Green Sale.

The new front stairs lift will make it easier for physically challenged members, seniors and guests to access the 2nd floor hall.


Place Vimy park bench - Branch 115

October 24, 2020


The idea was conceived by Branch 1st V.P. Mike Elliott and the design was made by Natalie Trainor of St. Lazare.

The project got really moving by Executive member Jay Oland then it was built by Keith Bonerak of Rigaud.


It is totally unique and was paid for by donations from the family of Lt. Harry E. Trenholme RCNVR, WW II.

He was at D-Day on a landing craft and was awarded the Legion of Honour a few years ago.

The other donor was the D-Day Society & Friends who Remember.


This group of which Harry was a member, was formed in 1945 by those who had been at D-Day the year before.

Only Ian M. Walker who was with the British Army that day is left, he lives in Okotoks, AB.

We normally meet every year for a lunch at the Hudson Legion, but not this year, the first time in 75 years.

Sad as we normally get 85-90 ‘’Friends who Remember’’. Legionnaires and just friends.


Happy Birthday Sapper - Branch 091

September 13, 2020

In the picture from left to right: Branch President, comrade Wolf Schmitz, comrade Rick Cartmel and Piper Sylvain Jette join to celebrate, with comrade Bill Ludlow."

Comrade Bill Ludlow, a resident at St Anne's de Bellevue Veterans Hospital, who on June 6th 1944, was demining on Juno Beach that historic day, celebrated his 100th Birthday at Branch 091 Churchill, in Ste Anne de Bellevue..

CHIMO!


Presentation of bursary awards - Branch 245

September 13, 2020

On the picture from left to right: comrade Ron Diano, 2nd Vice-president, the recipients Anthony Zanti and Riley Sullivan and 1st Vice-president comrade Barbara Cunningham Stokes."

Branch 245, Dorval presented local students with their bursary awards.


Bursary presentation - Branch 245

September 5, 2020

On the picture from left to right: comrade Ron Diano, 2nd Vice-president, the recipients Anthony Zanti and Riley Sullivan and 1st Vice-president comrade Barbara Cunningham Stokes."

Comrade Ron Diano, 2nd Vice-president, from Branch 245, Dorval, presented a bursary to Leslie Harmidy in the presence of 1st Vice-president comrade Barbara Cunningham Stokes.


Huge success of the Bazaar and BBQ - Branch 033

August 30, 2020


We are happy to announce that the Bazaar and BBQ held last Sunday was a huge success!

This activity, a fundraiser organized to help Branch 033 during the pandemic, took place outside in the branch's parking lot.

It goes without saying that careful preparation was required to keep everyone safe.


During the event, mandatory hand washing at the entrance, sufficient space for physical distancing, wearing a mask, a one-way corridor, a BBQ waiting area, a whole system had been developed and put in place to ensure compliance with all public health measures.

Thanks to the work of a great team of volunteers and the collaboration of our visitors everything went perfectly well.

We are proud to report that the Bazaar was a huge success.

Quite an accomplishment during a pandemic!

Help the Aylmer Legion Branch #33 Covid19 Fundraising Campaign


Aylmer Legion host grand reopening event - Branch 033

July 22, 2020


Around 35 people from the region gathered at the Aylmer Legion as the organisation held its grand reopening event after being forced to shut down for months on end because of COVID-19.

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Donation from the MNA  for D'Arcy McGee - Branch 097

July 13, 2020


Branch President, comrade Allan Levine, of Branch 097, Brigadier Frederick Kisch, Côte-St-Luc (left), accepting a donation for daily expenses from the MNA  for D'Arcy McGee, Mr. David Birnbaum (centre) as Vice President, comrade Richard Quintal (right) looks on in this time of social distancing.


Flag Raising ceremony - Branch 094

July 1, 2020

Featured in the photo from left to right are: Edward (Ted) Newbury and Joseph (Joe) Bockus.

It was a very hot day on July 1 when Branch 094 held its annual Flag Raising ceremony in Greenfield Park.

It was also the official opening of the Branch to welcome the membership after the period of quarantine.

Social distancing (2 metres) and the wearing of face masks were the order of the day.

In spite of the heat, seven Branch Veterans were able to attend as well as members of the Executive Committee and other members.

The local venture troop - Granny's Grunts handled the logistics of the ceremony.

Short speeches were delivered by the Branch President, Comrade Cheryl Moores, Federal M.P. Sherry Romanado and borough Alderman, Peter Doonan.


Donation to "la Maison Victor Gadbois" - Branch 147

June 19, 2020

In the photo from the left, comrade Ed Pellerin, Poppy Chairmen, comrade Jean Bédard, Branch president, Mélanie Marsolais, director general of finance and comrade Pierre Plante, second vice-president and Poppy Campaign coordinator.

While respecting social distancing, Branch 147 Saint-Bruno de Montarville presented a donation of $2,500 to Maison Victor Gadbois a palliative care centre.


Donation to the Centre d'action bénévole « Les p’tits bonheurs » - Branch 147

June 19, 2020

Above, from the left, comrade Ed Pellerin, Poppy Chairmen, comrade Pierre Plante, second vice-president and Poppy Campaign Coordinator, Louise Fleichmann, President, Board of Directors of the Centre d'action bénévole and comrade Jean Bédard, Branch President.

On the same day, another donation in the amount of $ 4,000 was presented to the Centre d'action bénévole « Les p’tits bonheurs » in Saint-Bruno de Montarville by Branch 147.


New Vimy tree planted - Branch 115

June 18, 2020

Legion Branch 115 in Hudson Quebec received a replacement Vimy Oak and it was planted on June 18th, 2020 by President Rod Hodgson (left) Stephanie Morris and 1st V.P. Mike Elliott in Place Vimy next to the cenotaph.
(Photo by Bill Sansom)

Well the new Vimy Oak has arrived and we planted it on Thursday, June 18,2020.

A local area resident was kind enough to pick it up near Dundas, Ontario and deliver it to us free of charge.

The seven memorial plaques for the posts surrounding Place Vimy, that were advertised to be available, have now been sold and should be installed by the end of this coming week.

Work on the Place Vimy Park bench is coming along well and it should be here by mid-August if all goes well.

Thank you for supporting our cause!


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