UBC to Become a More Veteran-Friendly Campus by 2020

September 9, 2019 – UBC has committed to new initiatives that aim to make it one of Canada’s first “veteran-friendly” campuses by 2020. The university will provide programs and services specially designed for veterans including: specialized mental health and counseling support priority student housing social and recreational opportunities professional development courses a Royal Canadian Legion Branch, the first new branch established in British Columbia in more than 25 years “As Canadians we owe so much to the veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country, preserving and protecting the…

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Volunteer for Your Local Poppy Campaign

October is just around the corner, and Legion Branches are starting to gear up for the annual Poppy Campaign! From the last Friday of October to November 11, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honor Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. In our most recent reported campaign year, the 2017 Poppy Campaign, 19.8 million Poppies were distributed, and more than $16 million dollars was disbursed between October 2017 to October 2018 to support Veterans and their…

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A Historic First: Canada’s Remembrance Day Poppy Goes Digital

October 22, 2018 – The Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance Day Poppy just became digital today, for an online fundraising campaign that is the first of its kind in the world. To complement the traditional lapel Poppy, a new “Digital Poppy” will be available at www.MyPoppy.ca from October 26, 2018 to November 11, 2018. Canadians will be able to personalize it, dedicate it and share it online – and add their own family stories and images – as their pledge to never forget those who served and sacrificed for our freedom.…

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Royal Canadian Legion names Prince Harry recipient of the 2018 Founders Award

August 28, 2018 – His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex was named the recipient of the 2018 Founders Award during The Royal Canadian Legion’s Dominion Convention in Ottawa. Every two years since 2012, the Legion’s Founders Award is bestowed on an individual whose extraordinary achievement both exemplifies and advances the purposes and objectives of the Legion and is true to the spirit and vision of its founding members. The 2018 award recognizes one of his most notable achievements: the founding of the Invictus Games. This competition harnesses the power…

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Tom Irvine elected new Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President

August 27, 2018 – Tom Irvine was acclaimed as The Royal Canadian Legion’s new Dominion President at the organization’s 47th Dominion Convention held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “I am looking forward to working with my comrades across the county,” says Irvine. “From advocacy to Veterans Services, to working closely with our partners, I plan to give The Royal Canadian Legion my undivided attention over the next two years.” A native of Montreal, Quebec, Irvine is a long time Legion member and retired veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He…

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Whitewater Brewing Company to launch Legion Lager in British Columbia

Legion Lager by Whitewater Brewing Company was officially launched at a special event at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 83 in Burnaby February 24th.  Five percent of all Legion Lager sales go towards Royal Canadian Legion programs to support Veterans. The beer sold in British Columbia will be brewed in-province. Whitewater Brewing Company was founded by three good friends in 2011 on the banks of the Mighty Ottawa River. The three of us have had had many adventures that have taken us from the incredible rivers of Ontario & Quebec to…

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First Poppy presented to Canada’s Governor General

The Royal Canadian Legion’s president David Flannigan presented the symbolic First Poppy to Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa today. As Patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, Ms. Payette graciously accepted the bright red poppy as a prelude to the 2017 National Poppy Campaign which gets underway each year on the last Friday of the month; this year on October 27th. “We are honored to welcome Her Excellency as our new Patron,” says David Flannigan, Dominion President.  “We…

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