The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

May 21, 2013 14:22 ET

Legionnaires Gather in Trois-Rivieres for 55th Convention

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - More than 120 members of The Royal Canadian Legion from across the province of Québec gathered to conduct their bi-annual Provincial Command convention and to elect the new Provincial Executive Council Officers. The convention activities, held between May 17 and 19, provided an opportunity for the Provincial Command to engage in reviewing its governance, consider new business and to prepare the Legion in Québec to embrace many exciting new initiatives.

"The Legion in Québec plays a vital role in more than 120 communities across the Province," said Margot Arsenault, outgoing Provincial Command President. "Our conventions bring together the wonderful energy of our members to review our progress, consider ways we can make the Legion stronger, and look at new opportunities where the Legion can continue to serve our Veterans, RCMP their families and communities in Québec," added Arsenault.

The convention was opened by Comrade Tom Eagles, Dominion Command 1st Vice-President who offered greetings to all attendees. Brigadier-General J.R. Giguère, Commander of Land Force Québec area and Joint Task Force East also addressed the Legionnaires and was the key note speaker on Saturday. As the guardians of Remembrance, the Legion members conducted a wreath laying ceremony to honour all those who currently serve our country and to pay respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom. A Legion colour party led a parade through the streets of Trois-Rivières where Brig.-Gen. Giguère took the official salute.

The new Provincial Command Executive Council (PEC) Officers were also installed as the result of elections held during the convention. The list of officers and highlights of the convention can be found on the Québec Command's website at

"It is an honour for me to have been chosen by my fellow Comrades as their Command President," said Norm Shelton. "I'm looking forward to leading this dynamic group of officers as the Legion revitalizes itself. The Legion advocacy efforts have seen real impacts to benefit our Veterans and new membership initiatives, such as our One-By-One campaign, are bringing renewed attention to the leading role the Legion plays in Canada," said Shelton. Shelton also referenced the excitement building around the Legion Riders motorcycle units that are starting to form across Canada, knowing that interest in motorcycling in Québec with Legionnaires is very high.

About the Legion

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans including serving CF and RCMP members, and their families regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada, it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1,450 branches, The Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans housing, Long Term Care, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

We will Remember Them.

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