ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

May 2019

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Dominion President's MESSAGE I am very humbled and very honoured to be elected your new President of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada this past August at our 54th Dominion Convention in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I have been a member of this great association for over 35 years and have served in almost every position possible. I served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1963 through 1968 before I retired back into civilian life. As the new Dominion President, I promise to continue in the footsteps of my predecessors to keep this organization moving forward towards the future in supporting our men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and ensuring that the best programs and services are available to them when they complete their service to our great country. One week after I returned home from the convention in Saskatoon, I left home to attend the 100th Anniversary and Convention of the American Legion in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On Sunday, August 26th I swore in several new members to ANAVICUS, our ANAVETS unit in the United States and I brought greetings on behalf of the Association to their convention. On September 21 st I attended the 100th Anniversary of Unit #10 in Brandon, MB. I brought greetings and congratulations, on behalf of the entire Association for their longevity and hard work in their community. Besides the many civic leaders and the Base Commander of CFB Shilo, this is the home of one of our Dominion Vice-Presidents, Al Dunham. On October 29 th and 30 th I attended the Stakeholders Meeting for the Pension for Life for Veterans with our Dominion Secretary Deanna Fimrite and Honourary Dominion President Gerry Wharton. Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan and Deputy Minister Walt Natynczyk were in attendance along with many employees of Veterans Affairs. While on the trip to the stakeholders meeting I arrived early and the Dominion Secretary and I travelled to Sherbrooke, PQ and met with the various committees that have been set up to make arrangements to host the 56th Convention in Sherbrooke, PQ I would also like to take this opportunity the thank all those members who take time out of their busy lives to volunteer on behalf of our Veterans who are in need of assistance. Keep up the good work. Ronald G. Smith, Dominion President SHOULDER TO SHOULDER 5 ANAVETS WELCOMES NEW DOMINION EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MARCEL DAGENAIS, CD TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS I t is with great pleasure that Dominion President, Ronald G. Smith welcomes the newest Vice President, Marcel Dagenais, CD to the Dominion Executive. Comrade Dagenais served as a correctional officer for the federal government for over 33 years. In 1994, with both his children already in the cadet program, he received his Officers Commission as part of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) with 118 RCSCC Rawalpindi. Two years later, he transferred to the 390 RCACC serving the Army cadet corps for twelve years, eight as their Commanding Officer. He retired from service in 2010, but is still heavily involved with the Army Cadet League. Comrade Dagenais is the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, CD after 13 years of military service, along with the Corrections Exem- plary Service medal with the Maple Leaf for 25 years of service with good conduct. He also received Saskatchewan Protective Service Medal for 25 years of Service in Law Enforcement. Marcel is married to his wife Joanna of 47 years and has two children, Sian-Barbra and Garrett and two grandchildren Tannan and Keylin. Comrade Dagenais hails from Prince Albert Unit #222 and the Saskatchewan Command. YOUR NEW DOMINION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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