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Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion's longstanding annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada's Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance. 

On Family Day, February 17, 2020 we were delighted to present Branch 60's contest winners with their awards. Our Gold, Silver and Bronze winners appear below.

 

It is with profound sadness that we are sharing the passing of Alfred James (Jim) Warford on the morning of Jan 27, 2020. A former Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Army Corps during WWII, Life time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Navy Club, Stelco Retiree, volunteer firefighter, and Burlington Legion Track & Field coach, Jim was a consummate gentleman, a beloved Father and Grandfather, and a Hero to many who knew him. He passed away peacefully with family by his side and he will be forever missed but never forgotten. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Kaylynne (John), Valerie (Ray), Karen (John), Brian (Diane), and Kevin, Grand children James (Jody), Toni (Jake), Aaron (Emily), Tyler and Alex, and great grand child Liam. A celebration of Jim's life was on Saturday, February 1, 2020 Branch #60. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Legion Poppy Fund, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, or a charity of your choice.

Over the years, there have been many occasions wherein Branch members have engaged with Jim Warford: public/City events; various WW2 anniversaries, Branch initiatives to honour WW2 veterans/battle anniversaries. Jim was a great friend of the Branch and ambassador for the Legion and the City.  On these occasions, inevitably, photos were taken and stories told.  Jim provided the Branch with photos of him and his comrades in WW2 situations. A slideshow of these photos and stories has been created and is available for viewing as a YouTube video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=4eMPWobgO3s&feature=youtu.be

Plus, there is information and photos on Jim's return to Juno Beach in 2019 at the bottom of this page.

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Thank you to those who joined us for the Presidents Levee on New Year's Day. We wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2020!

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who contribute a great deal of time and effort to keep Branch 60 an active and vital part of the Burlington community. We honoured them with a wonderful dinner on Dec. 18th.

Plus, it gave us the opportunity to recognize Pam Regan as Legion Member of the Year for the tireless effort she puts into organizing our sports activities! Here she is accepting the award from President Matt McPherson.

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The Ladies Auxiliary thanks everyone who donated to their "trees"! They generated all of these gifts for needy families including mitts, hats, gloves, socks, gift cards to various stores and clothing. It was a huge success!

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Thank you to all who enjoyed Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7th.

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Thank you to all who supported the 2019 Poppy Campaign and to those who joined us for our Remembrance Day service at City Hall. Here are a couple of videos highlighting the service:

https://youtu.be/oA0JJ0yT2T0

https://youtu.be/PMElHSOzCG8

Plus, here is a longer version (approx. 20 minutes) highlighting the overall service. https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=CPUm6RLE8Do

The Poppy Campaign received a welcome boost in mid-December when the good folks at Wescam Inc., a subsidiary of L3Harris Technologies, presented us with a cheque for $2,000 ! Here's VP Burns MacLeod accepting the cheque from Scott, Lorraine and Rob of Wescam.

Branch 60's singing veteran Bill Reid was back serenading morning commuters at the Appleby GO Station again in the days leading up to Remembrance Day 2019.

Here's a video snapshot of Bill's work courtesy of Executive Member Terry Scott.

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HONOUR OUR VETERANS PROGRAM

17 banners were purchased in the 2019 Honour Our Veterans program. They were prepared by Signs Plus (located on Grahams Lane at the intersection with Legion Road).  They were placed on city streetlight poles on Oct. 15 by the City. When you see them, you will agree they beautifully honour the families' veterans.  The banners are all located in the vicinity of the Cenotaph, on Brant and Ontario streets. Below are collages of the banners.  Be sure to take the time to stroll the short distances and view them. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of the next issue of SNAP (their Remembrance issue) - the edition honours the veterans with images of all of the banners in the centre of the paper.

On September 13th, Minister Karina Gould presented a $24,992 cheque to your Branch from the New Horizons For Seniors grant program: for repairing rear wall foundation (dampness/mold concerns), and new flooring . Last year she presented a similar cheque for improvements to the upstairs kitchen ( to meet food-safety requirements ). There have been 2 other federal grants awarded to the Branch from the NHFS program in previous years. Bob Ankrett (governments liaison) and Burns MacLeod (1st VP) welcomed Minister Gould and thanked her for the grant cheque. They also presented Minister Gould with a letter of thanks for her support over the past three years. A letter was also provided, thanking Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for visiting Jim Warford at Joseph Brant and then visiting the Branch for a luncheon with other veterans.

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These Branch members volunteered to paint a large portion of your Branch's interior, upstairs and downstairs. You will notice the results as soon as you enter the building: the entrance was painted from ceiling to floor. If you proceed to the lounge/games area you will see all of the walls in hallways, the games area (the 'pit') and the lounge. When you go upstairs, the elevator was painted, and the hallways. The two utility rooms off the lower hallway leading to the kitchen were painted. As reported earlier, the kitchen walls (downstairs and upstairs) were painted. First of all, many sincere thanks must go to PPG Industries/Dulux Paints for the very generous donation of ALL  of the paint. Alpana Ansilio, Architectural Specifications Manager for PPG Paints, occasionally attends industry-related meetings at the Branch.  She was asked if PPG would be willing to donate some paint so volunteers could spruce-up the building. Alpana agreed to pursue the request with the company and astounded us by stating that PPG (via Dulux Paints) would donate 25 gallons of paint! Amazing!  Secondly, loads of thanks go to the Dulux Paint store on Fairview, the location that provided all of the paint. The staff, led by manager, Jamie Robillard-Aiton has been exceptionally accommodating of our requests for assistance in selecting colours and quality (PPG/Dulux provided their top-of-the-line quality paint for all colours).  They provided excellent service with each request for more paint. If you have any need for paint and/or paint supplies you should take advantage of the 25% discount Dulux Paints provides for Legion members. I can assure you that you will be pleased with their service and paint quality. In a way, that was the easy part. Now came the task of applying the paint - that is, finding volunteers who would be willing to donate a large amount of their time and talents to clean, prepare and paint. The persons who volunteered are included in the above photo collage. All in the photos also volunteer for the Branch in many other needs including: on your Executive, the Poppy Campaign, fish & chips, some building maintenance, cleaning crew, Branch web site. A generous donation by PPG/Dulux and the efforts of volunteers put a clean, fresh look within your Branch.   How about you/friend/family-member raising a hand to volunteer for your Branch as well? Volunteers are still needed for FISH & CHIPS especially younger men that can handle some of the lifting within the kitchens (after all, it would be only a few hours ONCE A MONTH). That would be a great way on your part to contribute to the continuing well-functioning (financially, socially, etc.) of your Branch.

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This happy gang is your Branch's new Kitchen Cleaning Crew. The Branch's Gerry Bardy initiated the idea for a cleaning crew after he and others laboured to clean and paint the walls and ceilings of both the downstairs and upstairs kitchens prior to installation of new equipment and flooring via the federal government's New Horizons For Seniors program.  The crew will meet regularly per Gerry's schedule to clean equipment, surfaces, and floors in both kitchens. In Gerry's words: "This is a great crew of five who have volunteered. I am sure the job will be well done.  They are all conscientious, hard-working and fun to be with." The cleaning crew members volunteered after seeing the email that went out to all members pleading for help in keeping the kitchens clean.  Thank you Kitchen Cleaning Crew for saying " YES "!

 

 

Branch 60 was proud to participate in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre event, Burlington Remembers Juno 75, on May 6, 2019.

Because Burlington featured significantly in the creation of the Juno Beach Centre, and to honour veterans and all who served in the war, some Burlington residents including members of City council will be attending the June 6th ceremonies at Juno Beach.  Unfortunately, most Burlington veterans of the D-Day landings are not physically able to make the journey to Juno Beach.  The City, therefore,  decided to provide Burlington residents the opportunity to honour and remember those who served in that terrible, but turning-point battle. 

The Branch Colour Guard was featured prominently at Burlington Remembers Juno 75. Members marched-on-the-Colours along the audience aisle and onto the stage at the beginning of the event. In the YouTube video link below, you will see them proudly represent the Branch, veterans and all Canadians who have served in wars for freedoms of others, for peace-keeping missions, and in the protection of our country.

Branch 60 member Bob Ankrett (Government Liasion), was emcee for the evening and contributed significantly to the creation of the event.  Member David Stempin (of Burlington's Drury Lane Theatre's Mr. Chairman fame) played a role in the performance. The City produced a video of the event. You can view it by clicking on this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7A8O2L4XN6k

Plus, enjoy this news story about the event from InsideHalton.com: https://www.insidehalton.com/community-story/9341816-the-surprising-connection-between-burlington-and-juno-beach/

 


 Updated: February 17, 2020
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