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Here to Serve Those Who Have Served

Our Association is a network of former RCMP employees investing in each other for mutual support today, tomorrow and always.

The RCMP Veterans’ Association (RCMPVA) has been in existence since 1886. It was incorporated under the name Royal Northwest Mounted Police Veterans’ Association by Letters Patent under the Companies Act on January 14, 1924, and steps were taken on December 1, 1954, to change the Association’s name to reflect the present-day name of the Force.

Our Mission

To be responsive to the physical, psychological, social and economic welfare of all former employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their families.

Our Vision

To provide exemplary service and support to our family of retired peace officers and employees and their families today, tomorrow and always.

Our Values

Diversity, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Teamwork, Service and Leadership.

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Our Purpose

The RCMP Veterans’ Association is a dedicated family of former employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The members of the Association possess shared life experiences and unique skills and abilities that are reflected in all we do for the greater good of our membership and all of the RCMP family. We are proud of our career contributions to the preservation of peace and security in Canada and our role in the rich history and traditions of the Force. Together we are stronger, and we welcome you to become a member of the venerated family of Veterans.

The RCMPVA (The Association) is governed by a Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors are dedicated Association members who are investing in the greater good of the Association membership by volunteering their time and taking on the responsibility for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of the Association. The board is comprised of up to 11 directors who are elected by the membership during the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Board then elects members of the board to take on the four Officers positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The other board members (Directors) then take on the leadership of committees to conduct the operational aspects of the Association with the support of the Chief Administration Officer. Each board member agrees to serve a three-year term with the Board.

The Association Secretariat is responsible to provide the bulk of the operational and administrative support for the Association. In addition to this they also lead the development of responsible standards and assurance mechanisms, mange stakeholder engagement, communications, oversight of the membership program, and supporting divisions for day to day issues and larger events (AGM).

The RCMPVA Board of Directors conducts its oversight functions in concert with key committees so the association and its board operate effectively and in accordance with a high standard of corporate governance that adheres to the requirements of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

Association Governance Committee (AGC)


Chair: Bob Byers
Treasurer: Peter Sorensen
Secretary: Mark Brown
Chief Administration Officer: Glen Siegersma
Communications: Donna Morse
Director: Darcy Sanders

 

Communications


Chair: Donna Morse
Support : CAO Glen Siegersma
Website Coordination: CAO Glen Siegersma
Social Media coordination: Debbie Trask

 

Membership Committee


Chair: Acting - Peter Sorensen
Co Chair: Sandra Collin
Association Membership Management System: Secretariat

 

Advocacy


Co Chair: Mike Duffy
Co Chair: John Sherstone

 

Support Committee


Pension Advisory Committee (RCMP PAC): Steve Walker
Pension Finance Oversight Committee: Steve Walker
Member Benefits - Chair:  Steve Walker
RCMP Benefit Trust Fund:  Steve Graham
Dental Advisory: Bill Brydon (Nova Scotia Division)
Graves Committee: Jack O’Reilly (Toronto Division)

 

Audit Committee


Chair: Derren Lench
Member: John Leith
ExOfficio:  Peter Sorensen

 

Nomination Committee


Chair: Sandy GLENN Past President

 

Honours & Recognition Committee


Chair: Ralph Mahar

 

History


Chair: Vacant

RCMP – RCMPVA Benefits Committee


Co-Chair: Steve Walker
Co-Chair: Director General/Officer i/c National Compensations Services, RCMP 

 

Veterans’ Women’s Council


Co-Chair: Jane Hall
Co-Chair: Vivienne Stewart
Member: Vivienne Stewart, BC
Member: Dr. Darlene Worth, NS
Member: Ron Lewis
Association Advocate: Mike Duffy

 

VAC Stakeholders


Advisory Group on Families: Dave Leblanc
Service Excellence Advisory Group: Ralph Mahar

 

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research


Lead: Rick Morris

 

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Council (OVO)

Council Member: Steve Walker and Jane Hall

 

RCMP Veterans’ Association Foundation


Director: Keith Trail, Nanaimo, BC
Director: John Francis, Kingston, ON
Director: Ian Atkins, Bedford, NS
Director: Luisa Russo Lemay, Ottawa, ON
Director: Robert Hurman, Paradise, NL
Director: Jerry Plastow, Edmonton, AB

Chair: Sandy Glenn of Kentville, NS

Steve Walker , Winnipeg, MB


Al Rivard, Moncton, NB


Dave Leblanc, Gimli, MB


Cal Small, Orleans, ON


Tim Hoban, Miramichi, NB


Rick Morris, Toronto, ON


Bill Patton, Edmonton, AB


Keith Trail, Namaimo, BC


Bill McCheyne, Surrey, BC

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Board of Directors

The RCMPVA (The Association) is governed by a Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors are dedicated Association members who are investing in the greater good of the Association membership by volunteering their time and taking on the responsibility for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of the Association. The board is comprised of up to 11 directors who are elected by the membership during the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Board then elects members of the board to take on the four Officers positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The other board members (Directors) then take on the leadership of committees to conduct the operational aspects of the Association with the support of the Chief Administration Officer. Each board member agrees to serve a three-year term with the Board.

Secretariat

The Association Secretariat is responsible to provide the bulk of the operational and administrative support for the Association. In addition to this they also lead the development of responsible standards and assurance mechanisms, mange stakeholder engagement, communications, oversight of the membership program, and supporting divisions for day to day issues and larger events (AGM)

Committees

The RCMPVA Board of Directors conducts its oversight functions in concert with key committees so the association and its board operate effectively and in accordance with a high standard of corporate governance that adheres to the requirements of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

Association Governance Committee (AGC)


Chair: Sandra Conlin
Treasurer: Peter Sorensen
Secretary: Robert (Bob) Byers
Chief Administration Officer: Glen Siegersma
Director: Garry Loeppky

 

Communications


Chair: Secretariat
Website: Secretariat
Internal & External Communications: Secretariat

 

Membership Committee


Chair: Acting – Sandra Conlin
Association Membership Management System: Secretariat

 

Advocacy


Chair: Mike Duffy
Deputy Chair: Céline Gingras
Chief Advocate: Mike Duffy

 

Support Committee


Pension Advisory Committee (RCMP PAC): Steve Walker
Pension Finance Oversight Committee: Steve Walker
Member Benefits & RCMP Benefit Trust Fund:  Céline Gingras
Dental Advisory: Bill Brydon (Nova Scotia Division)
Graves Committee: Jack O’Reilly (Toronto Division)

 

Finance and Audit Committee


Chair: Bob Byers
Member:
ExOfficio:  Don Belke

 

Nomination Committee


Chair: Steve Walker, Past President

 

Honours & Recognition Committee


Chair: Ralph Mahar

 

History


Chair: Vacant

RCMP – RCMPVA Benefits Committee


Co-Chair: Steve Walker
Co-Chair: Director General/Officer i/c National Compensations Services, RCMP 

 

Regional Liaison


BC & Yukon: To be determined
Prairies: Bob Byers
Ontario & Quebec: Sandra Conlin
Atlantic: To be determined

 

Veterans’ Women’s Council


Chair: Jane Hall
Association Advocate: Mike Duffy
Member: Vivienne Stewart, BC
Member: Kathy Long, NS
Member: Tim Hoban, NB
Member: Dr. Darlene Worth, NS
Ex Officio: Steve Walker, President, MB
Ex Officio: Al Rivard, Governor & Special Advisor, NB

 

VAC Stakeholders


Advisory Group on Families: Dave Leblanc
Service Excellence Advisory Group: Ralph Mahar

 

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research


Lead: Rick Morris

 

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Council (OVO)

Council Member: Al Rivard

 

RCMP Veterans’ Association Foundation


Director: Keith Trail, Nanaimo, BC
Director: John Francis, Kingston, ON
Director: Ian Atkins, Bedford, NS
Director: Roy Berlinquette, Ottawa, ON
Director: Robert Hurman, Paradise, NL
Director: Jerry Plastow, Edmonton, AB
Member: Steve Walker

Board of Governors

Chair: Steve Walker , Winnipeg, Man

Al Rivard, Moncton, NB


Dave Leblanc, Gimli, MB


Cal Small, Orleans, ON


Tim Hoban, Miramichi, NB


Rick Morris, Toronto, ON


Bill Patton, Edmonton, AB


Keith Trail, Namaimo, BC


Bill McCheyne, Surrey, BC


Dale Lively, St. Andrews, NB

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