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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“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

    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:

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

“,
“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.

“,
“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

“,
“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: