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
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.
Sick and shut-in visits
Visitations to veterans and members, and get-well offerings.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.