ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

September 2016

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M embers from coast to coast once again joined together for our 53rd Biennial Dominion Convention shoulder to shoulder. As always most delegates arrived on Saturday, registered and enjoyed the camaraderie of once again renewing old acquaintances and meeting new delegates from across our great country. Assiniboia Unit #283 and their dedicated members and staff hosted a great social evening on Saturday. Sunday morning saw committee members deep in discussions reviewing the resolutions and other work pertaining to their mandate, future development and communication strategies. On a glorious Sunday afternoon members and guests alike amassed a wonderful parade and colour party as we advanced upon the Winnipeg cenotaph for our ceremony of remembrance and wreath-laying. With conven- tion chair, Syd Stamper as our wonderful Master of Ceremonies, tribute was paid to all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and those that continue to safeguard us today. The parade then continued to the steps of the Manitoba legislature where the march past and convention photo took place. We had the honour and pleasure of having Senator Joseph A. Day as the guest of honour at the Opening Ceremonies of the Convention where we presented him with Honorary Life Member- ship for the years of dedicated service to the military and veteran community he has provided since being called to the senate. Sunday evening ended with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Reception hosted by Minister Hehr. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence gave his keynotes address on Monday morning. The membership also heard presentations from BGen Lowthian of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Deputy Veterans Ombudsman, Sharon Squire and the Acting Chair of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, Tom Jarmyn. We were also blessed to have National Commander of the American Legion, Dale Barrett and ANAVICUS Vice President Dan Ludwig bring greetings along with our other guests. The rest of Monday was spend on Association business and resolutions. We were very lucky to have two special presentations on Tuesday morning from the Veterans Transition Network who explained the Veterans Transition Program that they run across Canada as well as a presentation on the Invictus Games being held in Toronto in 2017 and we were proud to be able to financially assist both these programs. More association business was put before the delegates before they headed out for an afternoon of camaraderie and fun with the traditional Sports Afternoon. The convention wrapped up Wednesday with the election of Dominion President, Rev. Canon Thomas McKnight for the ensuing term. Jean Nordin of Grande Prairie Unit #389 was also elected as the newest Dominion Vice President, representing Alberta and the following seven members were awarded the Association's highest honour, The Award of Merit. Sharon Goshko, Steveston Unit 284; Bruce Wight, Victoria Unit 12; Ian Sinclair, Taurus Unit 298; Andrew Perrie (posthumous) Taurus Unit 298; Donna Currie, Alexander of Tunis Unit 2; John Gillis, Rockwood Unit 303 and George Beaulieu, Lennoxville Unit 318. The convention wrapped up that evening with a wonderful banquet and entertainment from the HMCS Chippawa Band. The 54th Biennial Dominion Convention is scheduled to be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2018. 10 SHOULDER TO SHOULDER 53 RD BIENNIAL DOMINION CONVENTION Unit colours Winnipeg, MB • August 7-10, 2016 Photos: Leif Norman

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