Introduction

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“newfoundland-and-labrador”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1978

2016 Membership: 229 active and life / 46 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Dinner, third Tuesday of the month (September to June) / Coffee every Tuesday morning

Communications: Monthly division newsletter

Contact:

The majority of the Veteran’s live in or around the St. John’s area and meet for a Dinner Meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each Month, except July and August. Once a year the Executive makes a cross island tour in November – Dinner meetings at two locations and meetings at two others and ends with participation at the local Remembrance Day Parade.


Tradition and heritage events
  • We make a point to attend wakes and funerals for Retired Members and/or their families in groups, dressed in red serge or red/blue veteran’s blazer. This honour to our fallen colleagues is well noted by the community at large.
  • Twice a year, our members assist in serving meals to the homeless in St. John’s. It is well organized and appreciated by the community.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Daily by chaplain and members.

Law enforcement/community

RCMP medal ceremonies; Regimental Dinners; Remembrance Day; Police /Peace Officer Memorial; Battle of the Atlantic; Battle of Britain Service; Memorial Day.

Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.;
  • Annual gravesite inspections;
  • Division Host for Association AGMs: Last in 2011
Special events
  • Christmas & Valentine’s Dinners;
  • Annual RCMP Charity Hockey Tournament;
  • Eastport Fall Festival;
  • Church Lads Brigade;
  • Supports Red Cross with drivers for patients.

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“ottawa”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1953

2016 Membership: 562 active and life / 20 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month (September to June) / Coffee, weekly at four locations around Ottawa, Gatineau and Perth

Communications: Quarterly division newsletter, The Spirit, available online and in print

Contact:

Address:

RCMP Veterans’ Association
P.O. Box 42020
1200 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON K1K 4L8

The Ottawa Division of the RCMPVA is proud its roster is representative of former regular members, civilian members, and public servants. We are pleased to report the Division is trending towards younger members and improved gender balance. Consistent with the Objects of the Association, Ottawa Division is committed to acting in accordance with its “3 C’s”:
Care. We take care of one another.
Connect. We reach out to the RCMP and the broader police community.
Community. We commit to make our community a better place.


Tradition and heritage events
  • The Division provides an ‘active offer of service’ in ceremonial support to families of veterans at funerals and celebration of life services. We are fortunate to be able to call upon the services of two chaplains for spiritual support.
  • Each summer in Ottawa the RCMP hosts its ‘Sunset Ceremonies’ – Members of the Ottawa Division are integral to the citizen volunteers that make this event an annual success.
  • Under the direction of the Division’s Sergeant-at-Arms, we provide a Veterans Contingent as part of Ottawa’s annual Remembrance Day Parade at the National War Memorial, and for the National Police Memorial Service on Parliament Hill.
  • We are very proud of the fact that members of the Division are active in the leadership and mission of the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society through its Ottawa Chapter, dennistonsociety.org. The Society is a registered charity founded in 1988 in memory of a young RCMP officer who lost his life to Leukemia.
  • The ladies of the Association host an annual steak barbeque in the early summer.
  • An annual golf tournament is held in the fall to raise funds for the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services.
  • Medal Ceremonies; assistance provided and participate as VIP Guests, Headquarters & National Divisions.
Association programs/services

Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.

Special events
  • Association members and families look forward to our annual Christmas and Valentines dinner dances.
  • Ottawa Division hosted the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association in 2014 and is scheduled to convene the 2023 AGM, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Force.
  • Education Award Program (sponsored by BELAIRdirect Insurance). Each year the Association provides six (6) $1000.00 education awards to dependents and grandchildren of RCMP employees and veterans in the National Capital Region to advance post-secondary studies on a full time basis.
  • In recent years, the Division has hosted a spring and fall ‘Honours & Recognition Night’ which celebrates the accomplishments of the membership at large while providing an increasingly popular social venue for families and friends.

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“prince-edward-island”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1978

2016 Membership: 83 active and life / 32 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Dinner, third Tuesday in September, November, January, March and May / Coffee every Thursday morning

Communications: Division website and Facebook

Contact:

The PEI Division is much about family. The members of the division not only care for their own, but stay in tune with the events and circumstances of others, those who have served in the Force, but are not members, as well as those who still serve. Members propose initiatives and action to support the broader RCMP family regardless of their membership status. Of particular note, the widowed spouses and partners of former members are considered as “Associate Members” and are included by invitation to events. Members of the Veterans’ Association are by their nature tremendous volunteers. They are active and supportive to numerous Community Organizations (e.g.: Rotary, Lions Club, Shriners); numerous Church Organizations (e.g.: Knights of Columbus, Lay Ministers, and so on). When and as requested, the Association considers financial contributions and requests to support through participation various charities (e.g.: Heart and Stroke, Cancer, etc.). Additionally, many Veterans are actively involved in the federal, provincial and municipal political landscapes through direct representation of party support.


Tradition and heritage events
  • The PEI Division meets regularly for business meetings five times a year to discuss the affairs of the PEI Division in relation to the association. The three County Directors arrange one event per year in their county. These gatherings may be a sporting event, or a luncheon, sometimes with Guest Speakers.
  • Three seasonal events of a more social nature, are the Lobster/Steak Feast, the Members & Friends Golf Day, and the Christmas Celebration Dinner.
  • The Chaplaincy program provides members requesting same, personal support in times of crises. Veterans who are ill and lack mobility may be recipients of Christmas cakes as a reminder the PEI Division has not forgotten them.
  • The PEI Division considers the contribution of all its members and awards the William Edward “Ted” Whelan Memorial Award to those so deserving.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day Services in communities where members reside across the Island.
  • Police/Peace Officer Memorial Services (commencing in 2016, the Division will assume the planning and conduct of this annual service).
  • Members participate in “L” Division committees and involved with RCMP medal ceremonies and Regimental Dinners.
  • Honour guard at wakes and funerals.
  • Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections, including marker pictures and locations recorded by GPS.
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas dinner.
    • June Lobster Dinner.
    • Annual Golf Tournament.
    • Guest speakers on member-interest issues.
    • Members participate, on a regular basis to national committees (i.e.: Dress Protocol, Website Development, and Advocacy).
    • The PEI Division hosted the national Annual General Meetings in 1989 and 2003, and will be hosting a streamlined AGM in 2017.

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    “nova-scotia”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1956

    2016 Membership: 665 active and life / 187 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Third Saturday from January to March, and in November; Third Thursday from April to June, and September and October / Coffee every Thursday morning

    Communications: Division website

    Contact:

    The Nova Scotia Division holds Coffee breaks once a week, monthly General Meetings except July, August and December, monthly luncheons except July, August and January. Executive holds monthly meetings except July, August. The Executive meets with the seven regions once a year in their region and all are invited to attend. Our Support and Advocacy (S&A) section is the main reason why a person would want to join. The section will help members with concerns with Veteran’s Affairs of Canada, support families in difficult times such as before and after death of a member/spouse. We are now getting into the field of PTSD to enable members to obtain the full benefit of entitlements. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend S&A workshops.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Support and Advocacy workshops twice a year,
    • Support to families upon a member/spouse death,
    • Support to the “Festival of the Trees” event once a year in support of the Mental Health Society of Nova Scotia,
    • Numerous informal functions in the different regions.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Standing Representative at RCMP medal ceremonies
    • Remembrance Day Service Attendance throughout the Province
    • Attendance at Annual Police Memorial Service
    • Grave Inspection Program
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    • Support of charities in our communities through region fund raisers, 50/50 draws, welcoming visitors to the province etc.
    Special events
    • Christmas Dinner/Breakfast
    • Golf Tournament
    • Curling Bonspiel
    • Support and Advocacy workshops have been held in support of RCMP, Civilian Members as well as Public Servants
    • AGM 2016 in September will be the highlight of our 60th anniversary of our division

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    “new-brunswick”:”

    Profile
    2016 Membership: 281 active and life / 72 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Two annual general meetings every spring (May) and fall (October)

    Communications: Division newsletter and website

    Contact:
    Tim Hoban

    The New Brunswick Division has six (6) regions which hold monthly luncheons. The Division supports and manages student scholarship program jointly with RCMP for Division.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Division Scholarship presents six (6) $1.000/annually to regular/veteran members’ families.
    • Develop relationships in regards to sponsors for Scholarship program, and providing advertising in Newsletter and on website for a nominal fee.
    • NB Division has hosted a couple of National AGM’s.
    • Support VAC Hospital with financial donations.
    • Support Divisional/National sports.
    • Assist with disaster relief when necessary.
    • Developing policy and guidelines for assisting RCMP in all forms required.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans/members and get-well offerings; Hospitalized members provided with get well basket flowers/fruit $50/once year.

    Law enforcement/community
    • RCMP medal ceremonies.
    • Remembrance Day Service Attendance throughout the Division’s communities.
    • Attendance at Annual Police Memorial Service.
    • Attends CO “J” Division functions, e.g. Christmas events.
    • Members assist the RCMP in most special, memorial, Public Relations (musical ride) services.
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals; donation made to non-profit/charity of choice in name of deceased member $100.00 assistance BTF.
    • Annual gravesite inspections.
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas dinner, all Widows provided with Christmas Gift certificate $40/groceries.
    • Guest Speakers on topics of interest to members.

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    “quebec”:”

    Profil
    Effectifs 2016: Actifs & À vie: 454 / Associés & Honoraires: 28

    Réunions régulières: Des rencontres mensuelles se tiennent principalement au QG de la GRC à Montréal. La ville de Québec, St-Jérôme, les Cantons de l’Est et autres lieux sont des endroits visités.

    Communications: L’outil principal pour informer et aider nos membres de l’association est notre site internet.

    Personne ressource de la division:

    L’association des Vétérans de la GRC du Québec est très dynamique. Nos membres aiment se retrouver sur une base régulière surtout pour se rappeler les bons moments de leur carrière, d’échanger des nouvelles relatives à leurs familles, commenter l’actualité, la politique, les sports et autres sujets. Mais ce qui prime, ce sont les anecdotes nouvelles et anciennes, les bons et les mauvais tours entre de vieux collègues. En fait, l’aspect social est la principale raison qui anime nos vétérans à joindre notre organisation.


    « Tradition & Patrimoine » Événements de notre division:
    • Depuis de nombreuses années, notre division donne généreusement à l’œuvre Dans la rue du Père Emmett Jones (Père POP). Il s’agit d’un organisme qui œuvre auprès des jeunes sans-abris qui vivent dans la rue. L’argent est perçu auprès de nos membres lors des réunions mensuels et lors du tournoi de golf.
    • Dans la dernière année, des membres ont participé à une corvée dans le centre-ville de Montréal qui avait pour but d’inventorier le nombre de sans-abris.
    • Grâce à de généreux donateurs pour répondons favorablement à certaines demandes de contribution d’organismes et autres demandes spécifiques. À titre d’exemple, le groupe de Cornemuse et Tambours de la GRC Division C a profité d’un don de notre association divisionnaire.

    Activités de la division
    Visites des malades:

    Visites à des vétérans/membres, cadeaux de bon rétablissement.

    Maintien de l’ordre / Communauté (Soutien et participation aux cérémonies):
    • Cérémonies de remise de médailles de la GRC
    • Présence lors de la cérémonie commémorative annuelle de la police. Présence lors des cérémonies commémoratives annuelles des policiers décédés en devoir. À tous les ans, une telle cérémonie a lieu à l’Institut de Police du Québec à Nicolet et nous sommes fières d’y participer.
    • Lors de funérailles nos membres son disponible afin d’agir comme garde d’honneur et autres besoins spécifique, ceci selon les demandes des familles.
    Programmes de l’association & Services:
    • Nous avons un ombudsman actif et disponible afin de fournir l’aide et le support requis.
    • Un soutien aux membres et aux familles qui vivent des épreuves ou des temps difficiles tel que les maladies, les décès d’un proche et toutes autres situations difficiles est offert.
    Événements spéciaux de la division:
    • Diner annuel de Noël.
    • La tenue d’une visite à la cabane à sucre est aussi un incontournable à chaque printemps.

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    “georgian-bay”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 2000

    2016 Membership: 53 active and life / 3 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Dinner, held quarterly / Coffee every Wednesday morning in Barrie

    Communications: Quarterly division newsletter, The Trooper

    Contact:

    Georgian Bay Division currently meets once weekly on Wednesday mornings for an informal coffee klatch at Barrie and every two weeks at Stayner, Ontario. This social time is well attended and provides members the opportunity to keep current on Division/Force developments and allows for input to enable the Division Executive/members to plan future social and support activities.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Georgian Bay Division in partnership with Toronto North Detachment (Newmarket) hosts an annual Golf Tournament at Base Borden Golf and Country Club. Since the start of the tournament, the Charity recipient for funds raised by this event has been the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. The 2015 Tournament raised a $4500.00 contribution to the charity which was jointly presented to the hospital by the Division/RCMP at Newmarket Detachment later in the Fall. This event is the only fund raiser event currently hosted by the Division.
    • In October 2015, members of the Division assisted the Collingwood Historical Society to help celebrate the Anniversary of the start of the March West by ship from Collingwood, Ontario. Members provided historical background to many members of the public who attended the event. Division members shared their knowledge of the history of the Force and included a display of Division/Force memorabilia. The event was also attended by the RCMP/CCGS Carriere which was in port for the event. Ship personnel assisted the Historical Society by attending the event in Review Order to answer questions and also conducted public tours of the vessel in harbour.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services (Barrie and Alliston Communities).
    • RCMP medal ceremonies.
    • RCMP Retirement Planning Events.
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Honour Guard for wakes and funerals.
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Annual dinner and AGM.
    • A summer Barbeque at the home of a member which is well attended.
    • A Christmas dinner which is held at the Base Borden Golf and Country Club.

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    “golden-horseshoe”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1999

    2016 Membership: 67 active and life / 11 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: DDinner/Social: 1/7 – 4th Wednesday of every month except May, July, August, October and December

    Communications: Division website and executive members’ coffee “klatches” (held five times a year)

    Contact:

    The Golden Horseshoe Division attracts members in the Niagara Falls to Oakville corridor of Ontario.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • We award an annual Scholarship/Bursary Award for Education Assistance at recognized University or College Programs.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day and Police/Peace Officer Memorial Services are attended in the communities where members reside.
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Eight (8) general members’ meetings/socials;
    • Guest Presentations on topics related to the Good of the Association;
    • A Division membership coordinator identifies prospective members and follow-up for member retention.

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    “kingston-region”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 2000

    2016 Membership: 65 active and life / 21 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Third Tuesday of the month (except June, July, August and December) / Coffee second Tuesday in Brockville, Bud’s on the Bay; third Wednesday for lunch in Stirling; first Sunday for brunch at Gananoque Legion

    Communications: Division website

    Contact:

    The Kingston Division holds monthly get-togethers for members throughout the year, e.g. Lunch, Pot-Luck, BBQs.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Kingston Division members serve and have served in key roles for the Association, e.g. Bryan Neville, Past Division President as the Association’s Webmaster and Database Manager; John Francis as the Association’s Treasurer (2014-2016).
    • Commemoration of Superintendent Walsh, Brockville Plaque and Gravesite.
    • The Division has a strong voice of advocacy within the Association, e.g. driver age restrictions, probity and oversight matters.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day services where members reside.
    • Police/peace officer memorial services.
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals.
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections.
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas dinner.
    • Members serve on the executive of the local Royal Canadian Legion.
    • Liaison with the Brockville Cadet Corps.

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    “london”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1966

    2016 Membership: 111 active and life / 15 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: April and October / Coffee every Wednesday morning

    Communications: Email fan-outs

    Contact:

    London Division is a low key Division which fits well with our membership, given the wide geographic area we live in. We have an active recruitment campaign which includes an excellent relationship with “O” Division HQ.


    Tradition and heritage events

    The bulk of our efforts go towards social activities and to that end we have a number of initiatives: weekly golf program from May to October; annual golf tournament; several impromptu luncheons and tours, and the Annual Christmas dinner which is the highlight of the year.


    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community

    Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services.

    Association programs/services

    Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.

    Special events
    • Weekly Coffee Gatherings.
    • Guest speakers on member-interest issues.
    • Donations to the local Food Bank.
    • Annual Christmas dinner, Golfing, Tours.

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    “thunder-bay”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1980

    2016 Membership: 16 active and life

    Communications: Division newsletter

    Contact:

    The Division has had members from Sault Ste. Marie to Kenora, Ontario. This geographic area encompasses 1170 kms of TransCanada Hwy, a huge area with few members, which makes it difficult for members outside of Thunder Bay to attend meetings on a regular basis. The loss of three Detachments in the area has resulted in very few members retiring in the area. Members have made it clear that they prefer social gatherings with very short informal meetings rather than formal meetings.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Members’ spouses are invited to attend meetings – the majority of which are pot luck dinners at a member’s home.
    • Members’ widows/widowers are kept on our newsletters and invite lists – no dues.
    • The member(s) attending the AGM on behalf of the Division pay their own way. This is the only way we can keep the dues low.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community

    Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services are attended in the communities where members reside.

    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections.
    Special events
    • Members’ meetings/socials – generally in a member’s home;
    • Honour Guard at Veterans’ Funerals;
    • An executive member tries to visit members residing outside of Thunder Bay once a year;
    • Lorne Poulin Annual Fun Golf Tournament.

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    “toronto”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1960

    2016 Membership: 198 active and life / 64 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Third Wednesday of every month

    Communications: Division newsletter and website

    Contact:

    As a Division in a non-contract province, and a large city, Toronto, this Division experiences some particular difficulties in attracting new members to our fold. For many members “O” Division is a 9-5 job that does not engender the type of camaraderie that is experienced in contract provinces. Frequently the members live a long way from work and the daily commute means that they have little interest in going out of an evening having just arrived home and are loathe to deal with Toronto traffic.

    Faced with these challenges the Division has started to change the services we provide to our members. Services that may not require direct physical participation but which will have clearly apparent benefits.

    Our initial step has been to appoint a new advocacy officer, Mr. Chris Lavin, to get and keep abreast of developments in the benefits that are available to our members through a variety of organizations such as Veterans’ Affairs (VAC). We anticipate that Mr. Lavin will be able to provide appropriate advice to our members and news regarding developments can be circulated through our newsletter and on our webpage.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Donations to Community Association for Riding for the Disabled (C.A.R.D.);
    • Donations to Army Cadets;
    • Bursary Program to assist student with Post-Secondary education;
    • Make donations in honour of deceased members.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • RCMP medal ceremonies
    • Remembrance Day Service Attendance throughout the Division’s communities
    • Attendance at Annual Police Memorial Service
    • RCMP Retirement Seminars
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Monthly meeting/social events
    • Annual Christmas Wine & Cheese Party
    • Annual October Fest, Bursary awards and service awards luncheon
    • Guest Speakers on topics of interest to members

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    “manitoba”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1954

    2016 Membership: 331 active and life / 46 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: First Tuesday of the month (September to June) / Coffee, second Tuesdays in Selkirk; third Wednesdays in Gimli

    Communications: Monthly division newsletter, Keeping In Touch (KIT)

    Contact:

    The Manitoba Division holds regular and informal meetings in Winnipeg and several rural communities with luncheons, guest speakers and social events.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Division Scholarship Program annually awarded to a university student.
    • Annual donations to various charities through our Trust Fund.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Standing Representative at RCMP medal ceremonies
    • Participation in the planning and development of the RCMP Fallen Members Guide
    • Remembrance Day Service Attendance by Association Members
    • Attendance at Annual Police Memorial Service
    • Assist the RCMP Grave Inspection Program
    • Honor Roll Plaque Project for Members Killed on Duty
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Regular and informal meetings in Winnipeg and several rural communities with luncheons, guest speakers and social events
    • Annual Christmas Cake Program for Widows
    • Welfare and Support for members/families in difficult times through our Welfare and Benefits Committee

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    “saskatoon”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1958

    2016 Membership: 175 active and life / 17 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month (September to June) / Coffee every Friday, 10:00 a.m. at Jerry’s on 8th Street East

    Communications: Regular emails to the membership and updates posted to division website

    Contact:

    Since inception in 1958 and to the present, Saskatoon Division focuses on the physical, social and economic welfare of our members and their families while actively contributing to our communities. Through our web site, we provide a conduit to members of our Division from B.C. to Ontario. We welcome members and guests to our meetings the second Tuesday of each month; you can find our meeting schedule posted on our web site. Geographically centered between Prince Albert Division to the North and Regina Division to the South, we work to enhance the Force’s presence in Saskatchewan.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Saskatoon Division built and maintains the RNWMP Detachment at the Western Development Museum (WDM) and supports Heritage Day at the WDM with members dressing in period uniforms and manning the Detachment.
    • We regularly attend Regina Division’s “Annual Shoot” in March and host an inter-divisional meeting in North Battleford in April each year.
    • We were honoured to host AGM 2013 in Saskatoon and look forward to hosting another AGM at some point in the future.
    • In August 2016 we sponsor the 10th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament to honor our fallen comrades.
    • We regularly contribute time and treasures to Crime Stoppers and the Salvation Army.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services
    • RCMP medal ceremonies
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events

    Annual Christmas Social (spouses of fallen comrades are our gratis guests).

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    “regina”:”

    Profile
    2016 Membership: 252 active and life / 79 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: September to June / Coffee every Tuesday, 9:00 am at Southland Mall

    Communications: Monthly division newsletter

    Contact:

    We hold 10 meetings per year from September to June. Activities are normally arranged for the summer months such as a Golf tournament and summer barbecue to which regular members are invited to participate, as well as fellowship with the Saskatoon Veteran Division. We attend their Battleford Spring meeting which includes a Regimental dinner. We hold one of our monthly meetings in Yorkton, a day of golf and fellowship followed by a steak barbecue to reach out to members of our Division in Yorkton and to attract retired members to join the Association.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Members of the Regina Veterans attend almost on a weekly basis the Cadet Regimental Dinners bringing greetings and messages to Staff and the newly graduated members. We are building bridges with the future members of the Force and hopefully they see benefit in joining the RCMP Veterans’ Association on retirement.
    • We hold an annual trip to Plentywood Montana to meet with members of the Veterans from the US Military to celebrate US Memorial Day with Veterans and the community.
    • We volunteer at the RCMP Heritage Centre both as guides and drivers on the People Movers.
    • The Division holds an annual Church Parade to honour our deceased members as well as attendance at the RCMP Annual “Depot” Memorial Parade.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services
    • RCMP medal ceremonies
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas Candlelight Dinner (widows are our guests)
    • Participation with the Salvation Army Kettle drive at Christmas
    • We hold an annual shoot every March, with serving Instructors from Depot Division and an ongoing contingent from the Saskatoon Veterans
    • Fund Raising initiatives with the Force, such as a “School Reading Program”
    • The Division is a regular host of the Association’s AGMs – last in 2010 and plans for the 2020 AGM

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    “prince-albert”:”

    Profile
    2016 Membership: 52 active and life / 3 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Dinner, fourth Tuesday of the month / Coffee every Tuesday at 2:00 PM

    Communications: Newsletter is issued monthly except July, August, November

    Contact:

    The Prince Albert Division is a fraternal group but are involved in several other matters. The wellbeing of our members and their families is uppermost. We have for the past several years and still provide a $500.00 Bursary each year to the University of Saskatchewan, which is currently made available to the College of Nursing. Our assistance to the Salvation Army with the Christmas Kettle is well known, as in a sort of local competition with other law enforcement groups, we have always brought in the most cash.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Locally, two of our members and one former member pretty well revised and modernized the Historical, Museum in the City and continue to provide almost daily assistance in one form or another, even to doing carpenter work etc.
    • We recently provided $500.00 to the Committee planning on building a memorial to our two murdered members at Spiritwood, Sask. (Csts.Cameron and Bourdages).
    • Our membership is almost 50-50 in Prince Albert in relation to northern area and Carrot River Valley, accordingly members are involved in many local clubs, churches, etc.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services
    • Honour guard at funerals
    • We have a good relationship with the RCMP North District and our efforts at recruiting new members is ongoing
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Widows of former members are always kept in mind and invited to all our Social functions as guests
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas dinner
    • Annual barbecue
    • Guest speakers on member-interest issues

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    “calgary”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1886

    2016 Membership: 276 active and life / 129 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Executive meets second Tuesday of the month (September to June); General meetings held January, April and September / Coffee in South Calgary on Fridays; North Calgary on Wednesdays; Weekly in other districts, including High River, Cochrane and Airdrie

    Communications: Division newsletter (issued three times per year) and website

    Contact:

    The first recorded meeting of the NWMP (North-West Mounted Police) ex-members took place in Calgary on April 16th, 1886, at the town hall with twenty-four ex-members attending. The first recorded dinner of ex-members took place at the Royal Hotel, Calgary, on November 4th, 1886. After some setbacks, the NWMP Veterans’ Association, as it was known then, began to grow and spread to other cities. In 1954 the association name was changed to the RCMP Veterans’ Association. Calgary was the association headquarters for many years until 1965 when it was moved to Ottawa, the headquarters of the Force. Our general commitment to the community, the RCMP and the RCMP Veterans is through the Fort Calgary Historical Site and Museum, which is our home base. We provide educational and social events for our members, the RCMP and the general public.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Fort Calgary Heritage Site special events: Mountie Day; Canada Day; Alberta Heritage Day; Labour Day; Members daily attendance at the site from Victoria Day to Labour Day; Children and youth educational programs
    • Stampede Parade and attendance at Morley Detachment Historical Site, first two weeks of July; Happy Birthday Alberta celebration, September 1

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visits to veterans/members and get-well offerings. Hospital Parking Passes supplied by Canadian Legion. Monetary assistance to widows and veterans.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day: attendance at Jubilee Auditorium, Fort Calgary, Central Park Memorial, Museum of the Regiments and surrounding communities. Field of Crosses Memorial Project, November 10
    • Police/peace officer memorial services
    • RCMP Medal Ceremonies, Fort Calgary May and October, including a dinner celebration for RCMP and veterans
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Educational programs aimed at mental health
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Widows and Life Members luncheons
    • RCMP Veterans and ex-members luncheons (twice per year)
    • Annual golf tournament
    • Annual Calgary/Lethbridge divisions golf tournament
    • Annual lobster and corn boil
    • Christmas social and dinner

    “,

    “cypress-hills”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 2009

    2016 Membership: 26 active and life / 2 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Meetings are held on the second Wednesday, of each month (Except July/August) at 7:00 PM.
    We alternate between the Redcliff and Brooks Legions (Car pool – Meet at Redcliff Detachment at 6:50 PM). Please check with our website for dates.

    Communications: Division emails and website

    Contact:

    We joined as “Wounded Warriors” and organized ourselves in order to provide support to ourselves and to keep abreast with veteran’s issues. Regular formal and informal monthly meetings are held alternating between Redcliff and Brooks, Alberta.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • As a recently formed Division (visit History link at cypresshills.rcmpvet.ca), traditions of the Division are still emerging, however members are attending annual events in their communities, e.g.
    • Medicine Hat Police Service’s annual Regimental Dinner/Policeman’s Ball.
    • Annual Brooks Legion Community Appreciation Dinner.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day/Decoration Day and Police/Peace Officer Memorial Services.
    • RCMP Medal Ceremonies/Medicine Hat Police Service’s Regimental Dinner/Ball.
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Provide spiritual guidance through Division’s Chaplain
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
    • Annual gravesite inspections – if requested by the local Detachment Commander
    Special events
    • Many of our members support/volunteer with the various Sports and Community Service Groups in Medicine Hat, Redcliff and Brooks, Alberta.
    • Many of our members are members of our Legion Branches and the Medicine Hat branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees.
    • Annual Christmas Social along with other quarterly socials.
    • Emails are regularly sent to all members to keep everyone up to date with National and Divisional issues.

    “,

    “edmonton”:”

    Profile
    2016 Membership: 333 active and life / 163 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month at different locations

    Communications: Division newsletter (published 10 times per year) and website

    Contact:

    The Edmonton Division holds monthly dinner meetings of members. We support various charitable organizations throughout the year and ensure the welfare of the members are looked after. We are currently attempting to upgrade the RCMP plot at the Fort Saskatchewan cemetery. This plot is one of four RCMP cemeteries in the Nation and is close to capacity.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Maintain the Wall of Honour at K Division HQ Building
    • Support to Valour Place where ill members and their family can stay for medical treatment and appointments
    • Sponsor Christmas hampers for families that are in difficult financial circumstances
    • Assist Project KARE which deals with missing and murders females in Alberta

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day services
    • RCMP medal ceremonies
    • Attendance at annual police memorial service
    • Maintains the Wall of Honour at “K” Division HQ
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • One member of the Executive is a member of the Board of Directors of Valour Place
    • Appreciation Dinner to recognize the spouses of deceased members and also those who have supported the Veterans Association
    • Assist in sponsorship of annual Alberta Police Association Golf Tournament
    • Attends formal functions being held at K Division i.e. Change of Command Ceremonies
    • Act as host to various events concerning policing matters

    “,

    “lethbridge”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1971

    2016 Membership: 59 active and life / 19 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Annual general meeting before the end of May each year; business meetings as required / Coffee every Tuesday morning

    Communications: Bulletin in the works

    Contact:

    Lethbridge Division has a coffee morning every Tuesday at the Lethbridge Casino from 10:00 AM forward. In the past and with a positive view to the future, Lethbridge Division hosts a breakfast for Veterans, serving Members and the Serving Members of the RCMP Musical Ride when the Ride visits Lethbridge or the Lethbridge area. Lethbridge Division also hosts other Social Events such as the Valentine’s Supper (February); the Veterans & Serving Members barbecue (June) in conjunction with Lethbridge Police Service and the International Police Association members; and the Corn Roast (late summer as the corn crop is harvested).


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Lethbridge Division alternates with Calgary Division as host for an Annual Golf Tournament at the Golf Course in Claresholm, AB.
    • Lethbridge Division participates the local Law Enforcement Dinner with Lethbridge Police Association, serving RCMP personnel and the International Police Association. Hosting this event is on a rotational basis.
    • Division Veterans are Associate Members of the 20th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery.
    • We liaise with the Lethbridge United Services Institute which promotes public participation on defence and national security issues.
    • Lethbridge Division, along with Cypress Hills Division and both now being invited by Regina Division to participate in inter-divisional social functions. The next Lethbridge/Cypress Hills Division get-together is planned for April 2016 in Taber, AB. The three Divisions are planning for a late summer get-together in the Redcliff, AB or Swift Current, SK area.
    • In keeping with travelling to get together and share information, Division Veterans are planning to take a Safety Meeting to the outlying areas of South Western Alberta to include those Veterans residing in or near those areas; for example, Crowsnest Pass, AB.

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day services in communities where members reside
    • Police/peace officer memorial services
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas dinner
    • Valentine’s; June barbecue, Fall Corn Roast events
    • Safety Meetings to exchange news, health updates, Last Posts, and other items of interest are held at 3:00 PM Wednesdays at the General Stewart Branch #3 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Lethbridge, AB.

    “,

    “red-deer”:”

    Profile pending.

    “,

    “bc-north-district”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 2005

    2016 Membership: 31 active and life

    Regular Meetings: Attempting meetings in April, July, September, and a year end meeting / Coffee every Friday at 10:00 am at D’Alanos Family Restaurant; 1515 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC

    Communications: Division secretary disseminates correspondence via e-mail

    Contact:

    The BC North Division operates in two (2) key areas: Terrace in the west and Prince George to the east. Our membership basically covers the top half of the province of British Columbia which is a challenge for regular meetings.


    Tradition and heritage events
    • Prince George Hospice House
    • Prince George and District Minor Sports Events (Coaching, managing, team sponsors)
    • Senior Citizens Christmas Hampers

    Activities
    Sick and shut-in visits

    Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

    Law enforcement/community
    • Remembrance Day services
    • Police/peace officer memorial services
    • Members participate in district office and detachments events, e.g. tributes to RCMP and NWMP dedications
    • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
    Association programs/services
    • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
    • Annual gravesite inspections (upon request)
    Special events
    • Annual Christmas dinner
    • Summer barbecue
    • Annual Golf Tournament with Kamloops Division
    • Guest speakers on a periodic basis

    “,

    “central-vancouver-island”:”

    Profile
    Year Established: 1991

    2016 Membership: 174 active and life / 46 associate and honorary

    Regular Meetings: Catered lunch, second Saturday of the month (September to June) at alternating venues / Coffee, various times and locations

    Communications: Division newsletter

    Contact:

    The Central Vancouver Island Division encompasses all areas north of the Malahat Hwy to the north tip of Vancouver Island, including many smaller islands and Powell River. Our purpose is to create and foster fellowship, develop new friendships and also to renew past friendships with all our members and families. To that end, members, their partners and families are welcome at all of our meetings and get-togethers. Monthly meetings (except July and August) rotate between our larger centres of Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, Port Alberni, Courtenay/Comox and Campbell River. These meetings are normally are held on the second Saturday of each month and include a buffet catered lunch.


    Tradition and heritage events

    Our division makes annual charitable donations. At the present time, we are supporting the Charitable Bruce Dennison Bone Marrow Program both financially and with some of our members acting as stem cell couriers for the program.


Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community

Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services are attended in the communities of the division.

Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Locating unattended gravesites and inspections
  • A bereavement coordinator provides assistance to members and surviving partners and families

“,

“kamloops”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1977

2016 Membership: 130 active and life / 6 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Dinner, third Wednesday of the month (January, March, May, September and November at Storms’ On the River) / Coffee, first Thursday of the month at 9:30 am at A&W, Columbus Square

Communications: Monthly newsletter

Contact:

The Kamloops Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association is a venue that provides an opportunity for its membership to gather, exchange stories and concerns and receive ongoing information as it relates to our veterans and their wives or widows. We plan our monthly and annual events in response to the needs and wishes of our members.


Tradition and heritage events
  • A 50/50 draw is instigated during regular meetings with the proceeds being directed to the Marjorie Willoughby Fund for Hospice.
  • Maintains a Data Base with information on retired and former regular members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Royal North West Mounted Police and North West Mounted Police.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day services
  • Annual police/peace officer memorial services
  • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Annual gravesite inspections
Special events
  • Annual Christmas dinner
  • Annual golf tournament and barbecue
  • Guest speakers on member-interest issues

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“okanagan”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1978

2016 Membership: 190 active and life / 10 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: First Saturday of the month (September to May) alternating in Vernon and Kelowna / Coffee first Monday of the month at Schubert Centre

Communications: Division newsletter

Contact:

The division holds two annual general meetings a year; one in May, and the second in November to elect the new executive for the coming year. All other months, except June to August, we meet for a social luncheon alternating between Vernon, BC and Kelowna. We attempt each year to hold a sporting or picnic event in June. Okanagan is sandwiched between two divisions: Shuswap division in the North Okanagan/Shuswap area, and South Okanagan division covering Penticton and area. The three divisions have held inter-divisional socials, alternating between the areas mentioned. Kamloops division has offered to host the next inter-divisional luncheon, so now we have four divisions participating.


Tradition and heritage events
  • We award an annual $1000.00 Scholarship/Bursary Award for Education Assistance at recognized University or College Programs to a child or grandchild of an Okanagan member in good standing.
  • We support the local RCMP ‘Cops for Kids” program by participating at fund raising events such as ‘manning’ the BBQ at the annual slow pitch softball tournament and selling contest novelty items prior to Western Hockey League pre-season games. A $1000.00 donation is made annually to this worthwhile cause.
  • The Division holds an annual Memorial Service to honour our deceased members with a solemn program with the immediate family, a Book of Memoriam, a Table of Honour and a Wreath laying accompanied by a piper playing the lament.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community

Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services.

Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Annual gravesite inspections
Special events
  • Annual Christmas Dinner (widows are our guests)
  • Sell RCMP memorabilia at special events
  • Guest Presentations on topics related to the Good of the Association
  • The Division has hosted three (3) AGMs: 2007 (Kelowna); 1996 (Penticton); and 1987 (Kelowna), and co/sponsored with Mission Lions Club the RCMP Musical Ride (2001) in Kelowna

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“shuswap”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1997

2016 Membership: 75 active and life / 18 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: September to June, dependent upon planned social activities / Coffee first Tuesday of the month at Spinakers Café in Blind Bay

Communications: Electronic news bulletin and newsletter

Contact:

Shuswap Division is located in the centre of a large area that is primarily a retirement and tourist destination. The Division is designed to be Fraternal. Our primary objective is to ensure the well-being of the retired RCMP Members, their spouses / widows and families. Our Charter designates Salmon Arm, British Columbia as our location but our meetings and social events are held in various locations within the area. We do not have a formal recruitment campaign, however most of our membership report first being attracted to the Division by word of mouth from existing members, and then experiencing the informal and congenial atmosphere of our social and business agendas. We will celebrate 20 years as a Division in 2017.


Tradition and heritage events

We have an excellent Chaplin who is greatly respected and admired by all of our Members and is widely known within the local community. The Chaplin’s knowledge and communication skills combined with the collective wisdom and experience of our Members (who come from all ranks within the RCMP and other Canadian Police Forces) provides reliable and consistent advocacy for our Division Members and their families as well as for the other former RCMP members in the area.


Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community

Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services in three communities.

Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Widow’s assistance program
  • Annual gravesite inspections
Special events
  • Organized “Koffee Klatches” in Salmon Arm, Vernon and Blind Bay
  • Inter-Divisional Meetings and Golf Tournament (with Okanagan, South Okanagan & Kamloops Divisions). Guest Speakers / Special Guests at Division Functions
  • Scheduled tours of Business Enterprises or Community Services Centres
  • Annual Christmas Celebration for Members and Guests. Bi-annual Games Night for Members and Guests. Annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon for Spouses /Members and Guests
  • Liaison with Community Service Groups (Royal Canadian Legion, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Volunteer Fire Departments and Church Groups). Liaison with Local Government Groups (Regional Districts CSRD & TNRD and Village Councils). Visits & musical entertainment for Senior’s Care Facilities

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“south-okanagan”:”

Profile
2016 Membership: 73 active and life / 2 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Third Saturday of each month

Communications: Monthly division newsletter

Contact:

The Division is fortunate to be in an area with the most liveable climate in Canada. We have membership from seven cities, towns and villages and a rural area that has mining, ranching, wineries, orchards, logging and tourism and sporting venues. There is no limit to individuals following their interest in all four season’s sports, arts or whatever. South Okanagan Division’s greatest asset is our membership and to inspire new membership we emphasize to prospective members what they might gain from new friendships and association with the people we are looking to include in our division. We attempt to make the whole year an event with each meeting being part of the sum of the whole. In other words the year is our ‘event’. We have easy access by air with Vancouver and Calgary. We have first class medical locally and for major medical facilities only 45 miles away in Kelowna or less than an hour’s flight to Vancouver. Our regular Force, RCMP vets, RCMP Auxiliaries, Spouses and associate members all contribute to our success.


Tradition and heritage events
  • The Division actively participates in and donates money to the Cops for Kids charity and a team is entered in the charities fund raising slow pitch tournament.
  • The Division donated $10,000.00 to the South Okanagan Medical Foundation toward purchase of equipment for new hospital tower.
  • The Division has a Memorial Book and an October Service is held each year to honour those that have served in the area detachments.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day services
  • Police/peace officer memorial services in our communities
Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Annual gravesite inspections
Special events
  • Monthly meetings spread between Penticton, Summerland and Osoyoos
  • Christmas Party/induction of officers, Summer BBQ and Pot Luck; Tea for women and spouses
  • Speakers are brought in from every strata of political, social scientific or interest to keep our meetings interesting
  • Hosted a ‘4’ Division Social (with Kamloops-Shuswap-Okanagan) which will become a regular event with each Division taking turn as the host
  • Division supports South Okanagan Food Banks each year

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“vancouver”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1912

2016 Membership: 488 active and life / 20 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: February, March, May, June, October and November; Socials in January, July and December / 15 coffee klatches in division area

Communications:
  • Scarlet & Gold newsletter is sent out nine times a year via our MEMBERS ONLY webpage on our website;
  • Vancouver Division Website has five to eight new webpages each week. Since its start on March 2, 2013, a total of 480,000 visitors have viewed it;
  • RCMP Veterans Communique is sent out twice a month to our Division members and another 600 Veterans who in turn send it out to another 1,200 individuals.

Contact:

The RCMP Veterans, Vancouver Division, is actively involved in both regular and informal meetings. Scheduled throughout the year, there are 6 monthly formal luncheon meetings in which approximately 40 veterans attend on a regular basis. Our annual Christmas Levee is a very popular event with over 100 Veterans regularly in attendance. In the past two years, the Vancouver Division has taken the initiative to recognize a section of the Force and this has been met with much success. In 2014, “Women of the Force” were honored and, in 2015, the “Musical Ride and Equestrian Trained Members” was the theme. The theme for the 2016 Levee will be “RCMP Northern Service”.


Tradition and heritage events
  • Our official Division charity is Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) which is a not for profit riding facility that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. The Royal Bank of Canada, through the RCMP Veterans, Vancouver Division golf tournament makes a significant contribution to PRDA every year.
  • The Vancouver Division also supports the not for profit Honour House Society which is a “home away from home” for Canadian Forces Personnel, Emergency Services Personnel and their families to stay, free of charge, while they are receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area.
  • The Division continues to support the B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs and Autism Support Dogs with monetary donations. In the past, representatives of the society (who are Vet members of the Vancouver Division) have spoken and brought puppy dogs “in training” to our meetings.
  • Guest speakers have attended a number of our annual events and have spoken on a variety of interesting topics ranging from the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant program at VGH (in which a number of our Vancouver Division Vets are involved in as volunteer stem cell couriers) to the daughter of the late-Supt. Henry Larsen, Captain of the RCMP vessel St. Roch, who spoke on the 1944 voyage of this famed vessel.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day services
  • Police/peace officer memorial services
Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Honour guard at wakes and funerals
Special events
  • Annual events include: golf tournament, wine tasting trips, bowling, spring social, and a paddle wheel cruise on the Fraser River.
  • Our Veterans are also in attendance at Mental Health Fairs which have been held, annually, at E Division Headquarters.
  • Vancouver Division hosted AGM 2012 which was the first time that an AGM ever occurred at sea (on a cruise to Alaska) and out of Canada. A major highlight of the AGM was a “Hands Across the Border” meet-and-greet that occurred at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Juneau, Alaska, and involved RCMP Veterans, U.S. State Troopers and other law-enforcement and emergency services personnel.
  • Vancouver Division Veteran, Bob McKee, is the Liaison Director for B.C. and the North while Vancouver Division President, Keith Leishman, is serving on the AGM 2016 Nominating Committee.

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“victoria”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1913

2016 Membership: 127 active and life / 1 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Last Friday of the month (September to June) at Britannia Branch #7 Royal Canadian Legion, 780 Summit Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 5C2 / Coffee every Monday at 10:00 am at Hillside Coffee and Tea, #103, 1633 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 2C4

Communications: Monthly division newsletter, Victoria Vets Views

Contact:

Address:

RCMP Veterans’ Association
Victoria Division Office
2881 Nanaimo Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4Z8

The early records of Victoria Division show that the organization was initially started by an informal gathering of RNWMP veterans in 1913 and was called Vancouver Island Division. Except for a break in operations during the two World Wars, the Division has operated continually to this day. From 1950 to 1982, “E” Division HQ was based in Victoria and was a good source of new members for our Veterans Division. While our pace of growth has slowed, Victoria Division has an active and loyal membership that works hard to support our objectives, including monthly social events, outreach to members and spouses, charitable activities, collaboration with other Divisions and our association with the Force.


Tradition and heritage events
  • RCMP Veterans Victoria Division Bursary: The bursary was established as the Thomas Inkpen Memorial Bursary in 2004 by the Camosun College Foundation, Victoria BC with initial funding provided by Victoria Division and the estate of retired Sgt. Thomas Inkpen. The name of the bursary was changed to the RCMP Veterans Victoria Division Bursary in 2014 and has continued to grow with donations provided by members of our Division. The purpose of the bursary is to provide funds in the amount of $500.00 to any full time deserving student of Camosun College, with preference given to, firstly, a descendant of an RCMP Veteran in good standing with the RCMP Veterans’ Association; secondly, to a descendant of a current or former member of the RCMP.
  • Victoria Division Veteran of the Year Award: Any member in good standing with Victoria Division may be nominated for this award. Outstanding and worthy accomplishments based upon merit include service for the good of the community and/or the Division/National Association, its members and the wider community, both locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Final selection is made by a three member panel of RCMP veterans.
  • HONOUR – SERVICE – RESPECT – RCMP Service Awards Program: The Victoria RCMP Veterans Association hosts a presentation and luncheon to honour and recognize three (3) RCMP employees from our area annually for their outstanding contributions to police work and/or public service and/or community service. Personnel from the following communities serviced by the Force: Westshore, Sidney, Salt Spring/Outer Gulf Islands and Sooke Detachments, and from the Island District Headquarters in Victoria may be nominated. All personnel, regardless of position, role or rank, including public servants and detachment volunteers are eligible. The awards are presented each year in May at a special luncheon held in their honour.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services (We host the Remembrance Day Reception at the NCO’s Mess)
  • Royal Canadian Legion Annual Poppy Campaign
Association programs/services

Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.

Special events
  • Weekly Coffee Gatherings.
  • Wives’ Monthly Luncheons
  • Annual Christmas Luncheon & Summer BBQ
  • Guest speakers on member-interest issues
  • Victoria Division conducts annual fundraising events with the proceeds donated to the bursary fund
  • Need-A-Ride Program – for members that need a lift to the meetings we have a roster of volunteer drivers
  • Standing invitation to visiting Veterans from Central Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland Divisions

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“yukon”:”

Profile
Year Established: 1990

2016 Membership: 40 active and life / 18 associate and honorary

Regular Meetings: Third Wednesday of the month (September to June) / Coffee every Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am at High Country Inn

Communications: Division website

Contact:
Hank Moorlag, Secretary

Over the past two years we have expanded our paid up membership by about 50%. We encourage spouses of active members to join as Associate members and we extend to them voting privileges on all Divisional matters. We have also recruited associate (serving) members and plan to target this group from amongst those who are planning or looking forward to retirement, or who otherwise take an active interest in the RCMPVA. We have appointed the incumbent Commanding Officer as Honorary President of the RCMPVA – Yukon Division. The Commissioner of Yukon is an Honorary Member and Patron of the RCMPVA – Yukon Division.


Tradition and heritage events
  • We participated in the organization of the 50th Anniversary of the Carmacks air crash commemoration ceremony which was attended by the families of our four fallen members. This was a very well received memorial at a time when many of the family members felt real closure and reconnection.
  • Another event to ‘remember the past’ is planned for May 2016 at Wrangell, Alaska, with the placement of a permanent marker at the grave of NWMP members who drowned at the mouth of the Stikine River in 1902. It is anticipated that family members of those lost will be attending. This is the kind of event that provides real meaning and purpose for the RCMPVA.
  • Another ‘remember the past’ event recognized 50 years of service to the north and the RCMP of the De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft. The event was played out in communities across the North and included Yukon. RCMPVA members attended and assistance was provided by our President to help organize the event. We accepted a large framed print depicting the tour, which now hangs in the former home of Twin Otter, CF-MPL.
  • We annually support one of the three extended care facilities with a cash donation of $500 to provide residents with funding for items for their general enjoyment.
  • Yukon Division has actively supported the Yukon Government’s program of spring roadside litter pickup to help maintain the pristine environment we value. This activity also helps raise funds.

Activities
Sick and shut-in visits

Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.

Law enforcement/community
  • Remembrance Day and police/peace officer memorial services with ‘M’ Division
  • RCMP medal ceremonies and Canada Day events
Association programs/services
  • Division advocacy; Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance, etc.
  • Annual gravesite inspections
Special events
  • Our Annual Christmas Dinner is open to RCMPVA members, guests, and friends of the Force. We have 50-75 attendees and it is very well received.
  • Annual Summer BBQ.
  • The RCMPVA is represented by our Division President on the Board of Directors of the Yukon Community Crime Stoppers Association and many members are active in community groups, e.g. the Royal Canadian Legion, the Pioneer Cemetery revitalization and the Vimy Independent Living Housing Plan.
  • Updating members on RCMP issues, National Website news & information.
  • Sharing events and information with Yukon Division members through our blog.

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