The Wren Association of Toronto

The Wren Association of Toronto

May 18, 2006 12:03 ET

60th Anniversary of The Wren Association of Toronto 'Veterans of Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service'

TORONTO, ONTRAIO--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2006) - The 60th anniversary of the Wren Association of Toronto will be celebrated on May 27, 2006 with a tea at the Royal York Hotel from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Wrens were established on July 31, 1942 to release Canadian sailors from shore duty. From across Canada, women volunteered to serve their country by performing non-traditional jobs, ranging from maintaining anti-submarine equipment and aircraft, to cryptology, communications and signalling. These women performed crucial roles in support of Canada's war effort. The Wrens were trailblazers for women in Canada and the Canadian Forces.

The Wrens were trained in Galt (now Cambridge) at a former school for girls that was officially re-named HMCS Conestoga. After basic training, the Wrens were sent to naval bases across Canada. Most postings were in Canada but more than 1,000 Wrens served abroad and were employed in over 39 different trades.

In 1946 ex-Wrens in the Toronto area were contacted, over 1,300 met and the Wren Association of Toronto was formed. It currently has over 200 members and is actively involved in both the naval and civilian communities.

For more information about the Wrens and the 60th anniversary of the Wren Association of Toronto, please contact Mrs. Beverley Covington at 416-466-6470.

Contact Information

  • The Wren Association of Toronto
    Mrs. Beverley Covington
    (416) 466-6470