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Central Vancouver Island


Year Established: 1991
2024 Membership: As of January 2024, our membership consisted of 228 Active Members, 38 Associate Members (who don’t pay annual dues), and 4 Life Members (who also don’t pay annual dues, but often give donations to our Division).
Regular Meetings: Catered lunch in September, November, December, February, April, and June at alternating venues. Coffee get-togethers at various times and locations
Communications: Division newsletter

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. Six luncheon/meetings per year (except July and August) rotate between our larger centers of Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, Port Alberni, Courtenay/Comox, and Campbell River. Executive luncheon/meetings are occasionally (approximately 3 times per year) arranged at the discretion of the President, and are usually held at a venue in Parksville for centralization of travel. Meals are ‘’à la carte’’.

For our members who cannot attend our meetings and events we have regular communications going out in the form of email and newsletters. These items are sent out via mail chimp to all of our CVI members who have provided an email address.
Should you wish to learn more about Central Vancouver Island Division of the RCMP Veterans Association please contact us by email at – contact@rcmpva.org and title your message “For CVI”.


Terry Hluska – Communications Director

Our Division has made a number of donations to the Nanaimo Hospital & District Foundation (the major hospital in the region), and continues to donate to other hospitals in its catchment area.


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, holding annual inspections and cleaning/repairs.
  • A bereavement coordinator provides assistance to members and surviving partners and families

Current Division Executive:

Our Division is fortunate as we have a dedicated group of volunteers who give their time, knowledge and skills to supporting our membership.

President Gilles CHIASSON
1st. Vice President Ken AZZOPARDI
2nd Vice-President & Director – Nanaimo David FREE
Past President Irwin AXNESS
Secretary Jaak KOOSEL
Treasurer Richard STEELE
Membership Coordinator Ken HANDY
Chaplain Charlie MASSEY
Director – Campbell River Rosaire  “Barney” BERNARD
Director – Duncan/Piper Ken BRISSARD
Director – Port Alberni Steve VATAMANIUCK
Diirector – Courtenay/Comox Mary KOSTASHUK
Director – Parksville-Qualicum Ken G. AZZOPARDI
Director – Nanaimo Dave ALDERSON
Quarter Master Irwin AXNESS
Benefits Gilles CHIASSON
Fan Out Terry HLUSKA

More Dedicated Volunteers working in support of CVI Executive and membership

H G Commander, South Team Gary FORBES
Governor – H G Commander Larry Raymond STRIGHT
Grave Coordinator Len JERRITT
Buglars Randy PHILLIPS
Newsletter Steve McKENNA

Past Division Presidents

  • Tracy HARDY
  • Edison Keith TRAIL
  • A. Tony ANTONIUK
  • Stanley WILCOX
  • Josh PURNEY
  • Mike CLEGG
  • Larry JOHANNES