Pictured are (l to r), John Richmond, Director Community Outreach Breakout Educational Network, Chair – Garrison Community Council of Niagara; Mrs. Diane Condon, Veteran & President Br. 479 RCL, Mrs. Wendy Canavan, Business Development Niagara Falls, Family Support Coordinator GCC-Niagara and mother of an Afghanistan Veteran; Mr. Lou Frenette, Veteran & Service Officer Br 479/Zone ‘B’ Ontario Command RCL; Mr. Brian Doucet, Co-Chair GCC-Niagara.
Monday evening the GCC-Niagara was present at the general meeting of Branch 479, Royal Canadian Legion in Niagara Falls, to present a cheque in support of the Veteran and Military Family Resource Centre. The funds ($750.00) were raised at a luncheon sponsored by the GCC held last November. The luncheon keynote speaker, Senator Pamela Wallin, took the opportunity to visit the Resource Centre and conduct a round table discussion with representatives of local Niagara military families, veterans and service providers. During her luncheon address Senator Wallin emphasized the importance of community connections with the military community and saluted the efforts of organizations such as the GCC in raising awareness of and demonstrating support for this vital national institution.
100% of the funds donated will go directly to programs to assist military families and veterans in financial distress.
On Monday, Nov. 26th, Senator Pamela Wallin visited the Niagara Falls Legion Branch 479 home of the Niagara Military Family Support Centre. After a short tour of the centre’s facilities, the Senator took part in the round table discussion with members of the Garrison Community Council of Niagara, local city officials, members of the Legion, Service Providers and other Community Partners.
Senator Wallin also attended a reception for local veterans and their families and was keynote speaker at a luncheon held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. The Senator’s visit was hosted by the Garrison Community Council of Niagara. “It’s an opportunity for local veterans and their families to hear the Senator and meet with her one to one” said John Richmond, co-chairman of the GCC. One of council’s primary goals is to build a greater understanding of the Canadian Forces through engagement and participation with the local military community.
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment presented new colours to the Regiment at Queenston Heights on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
The ceremony begun with the members of the Fort George Fife and Drum Corp and a drill and musket demonstration by local re-enactors of the 2nd Lincoln Militia. Members of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment/Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Bands provided modern military music as the Commanding Officer marched the Regiment on to the parade ground. Upon her arrival the Countess received a 21 gun salute then proceeded to inspect the soldiers on parade.
“May I say how thrilled I am to be with my Regiment to present the new Colours, and how honoured I am that you chose me to be your Colonel-in-Chief,” said the Countess during her address to the Regiment and the crowd.
In his remarks, the Regiment’s Commanding Officer pointed out that this was a rare event for the Regiment: It’s the first time in a generation that new colours have been awarded. The Regimental Colours include a new Battle Honour “Niagara”. This signifies the perpetuation of local Militia units which saw service in the War of 1812.
Following the parade the Countess attended a reception in her honour, co-hosted by the GCC-Niagara. Her very busy visit concluded with a visit to the Lake St. Armoury for an opportunity to meet one on one with members of her Regiment and their families.