Year Established: 1912
2019 Membership: 382 active, 19 life, 61 associates and 5 honourary
Regular Meetings: February, March, April, May, October and November
Socials: June and December
Koffee Klatches: 11 in the Division area. Refer to our website at www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com under the heading ”Activities, Koffee Klatches” for more information
The RCMP Veterans, Vancouver Division, is actively involved in both regular and information meetings. Scheduled throughout the year, are luncheon meetings, held on the third Thursday of the month, 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 2018, our Division Levee was dedicated to the “Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society” which celebrated its 30th year since inception. Also, the theme for the 2016 Levee was “RCMP Northern Service”, the 2015 Levee theme was “Musical Ride and Equestrian Trained Members” and in 2014 the Levee “Women of the Force” were honored.
- Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) which is a not for profit society that provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. You can learn more about PRDA by visiting their website: www.prda.ca
- 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. You can learn more about Honor House by visiting their website: www.honourhouse.ca
- BC & Alberta Guide Dogs (BCGD) who endeavour to change the lives of the blind/visually impaired, individuals with autism and military and RCMP Veterans suffering from PTSD. You can learn more about BCGD by visiting their website: www.bcandalbertaguidedogs.com
- The Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society. This society was established in 1988 after RCMP Constable Bruce Denniston was diagnosed with leukemia in 1987. His only hope for long term survival was a bone marrow transplant. None of his siblings were compatible donors, so an unrelated donor was sought. You can learn more about this society by visiting their website: www.dennistonsociety.org.
- RCMP “E” Division Pipes and Drums and Dance Troupe (“Buffalo Celtic Music Society”). They were formed in April 2006 and is one of eight RCMP Pipe Bands across Canada. The band performs at a wide range of functions from RCMP ceremonial events to public performances in support of regional and local community endeavours including charity fundraisers, civic ceremonies, festivals, parades and official state occasions.
Sick and shut-in visits
Visitations to veterans and members and get-well offerings.
- Remembrance Day Services
- Police/Peace Officer memorial services
- Division advocacy. Updates on veteran issues and benefits, such as estate planning insurance etc.
- Ceremonial and Honour Guards
- annual events which have included golf tournaments, wine tasting trips, bowling, spring socials and a paddle wheel cruise on the Fraser River.
- our veterans also attend Mental Health Fairs which have been held annually at “E” Division Headquarters.
- our Division will be arranging a mini AGM for the National RCMP Veterans Association in 2021.