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RCMP Veterans’ Association

Vancouver Division

Newsletters & Updates


The Division Newsletter is no longer being published, so please check our website regularly for updates.  http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/


Updates


OCTOBER 2022

  1. ASSISTANCE REQUIRED

The RCMP Veterans Vancouver Division has received a request for assistance in providing at least six (6) ushers for the seating of VIPs at the Regimental Funeral of Cst. Yang.  With the anticipated attendance, more ushers may be required.  Ric Hall has agreed to coordinate the effort on behalf of the Vets.

If you are able to assist as an Usher at the funeral, please contact Ric Hall directly at rshall69@shaw.ca or 1-604-853-5500.  Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Details of the Regimental Funeral are as follows:

Date: November 2, 2022 at 11:00 am

Location: Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road, Richmond BC

Muster Time and Location: Mustering around 08:30, with step off around 09:00 to 09:30.  11:00 is the start of the service

Orders of Dress: 

Officers: Review Order #1 with Stetson. (Forage cap if not marching. No swords required).

NCO/Cst: Review Order #1 with Full Sam Browne (Loaded or unloaded pouches based on personal risk assessment).

Special Csts: Review Order (Blue Jacket, white shirt, ceremonial belt, long blues, ankle boots – unless you have been issued tunic).

Reservists: Review Order #1 (see Officer or NCO based on rank at retirement).

Veterans: Red Blazer and Wedge Cap or Review Order #1 as above

Partner Agencies: Equivalent Dress Uniform of your organization

Full medals, decorations and Peace Officers’ Mourning Ribbon to be worn. Poppies (worn well centered over the left button on the forage cap or leather buckle of the Stetson).

Venue capacity:

Seating will be limited and will be reserved for family, invited guests, designated officials and uniformed members participating in the funeral march. Alternative viewing options are being looked at and will be provided as soon as possible.

Number of Law Enforcement Personnel Attending:

To facilitate planning, law enforcement agencies are urged to indicate the number of personnel attending from their organizations. Within “E” Division, detachments and units are asked to provide preliminary numbers by emailing their District SSM/Advisory NCO and cc E_Condolences by October 27.

Parade: 

A parade of RCMP, police, military and emergency services personnel is being organized before the Regimental Funeral. Details on muster time and location will be sent out once finalized.

Joining instructions:

Further instructions for members participating in the service march (timings for procession, transportation, accommodation, airline details, etc) to follow in the coming days as they are confirmed.

Condolences:

Messages of condolences may be sent to our electronic Book of Condolences. They will be passed on to the family and Burnaby detachment.

Fallen Member Project Team contact:

Any questions or comments regarding Cst. Yang’s Regimental Funeral may be sent to E_DEOC_DOCS.

As we are all grieving together during this difficult time, we understand how important it is to provide timely updates. For all broadcasts and releases related to Cst. Yang and her Regimental Funeral, please visit the following infoweb link

2. SAVE THE DATE:

The RCMPVA Vancouver Division Levee has been scheduled for Friday, December 9, 2022 at the Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club, 18150 – 8 Ave., Surrey, BC.  Further details to follow.

3. FRASER VALLEY CHRISTMAS LUNCH:

December 5, 2022 (Monday)

 1PM – 4PM

 Cost – $45.60 per person

Please RSVP to  ahoivik@shaw.ca By November 30, 2022

Chilliwack Curling Club (upstairs – elevator available for those that may need it)  45550 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack, BC

Meal – 2 salads, wild salmon filets, turkey/stuffing/gravy, slow roasted beef, sliced deli meats, mashed potatoes, veggies, bun, tea or coffee

 This is a pay at the door cash only.  Bar available, cash only

Please RSVP to Art Hoivik   ahoivik@shaw.ca by November 30, 2022

This event last year had a great turnout and was extremely fun despite a snowstorm.  Come out and meet your old buddies and meet new ones.  And bring your spouse or newest best friend.


1.  VETERANS AWARD

Cst. Trevor Booth is this year’s recipient of the Vancouver Division RCMP Veterans’ Association Veterans’ Award. With seven years of service, Cst. Booth has primarily worked as a Frontline police officer. Cst. Booth leads by example and is well respected by his colleagues. Despite being highly sought after by other units, he has made a conscious effort to stay on the Frontline. Well done Cst.  Booth.

Veterans Stu Cameron, Ernie Malone and Neal Davidge selected Cst. Booth from the five excellent candidates nominated for the award.  Thanks, Stu, Ernie and Neal for your assistance.

2.  MARRIAGE OVER SIXTY

Good morning, folks.  This message is going out to all division presidents via bcc and originates from the office of Rachel Blaney who initiated the private members bill to eliminate the “Marriage Over Sixty” legislation.  The links are to a petition favouring the elimination of the clause.  If you are willing to do so, please pass this on to your respective members.

Thanks and kindest regards

Sandy Glenn, National President

RCMP Veterans Association

Members Helping Members and Their Families

On Wed., Oct. 5, 2022, 13:45 Ackermann, Christine (Blaney, Rachel – MP), <christine.ackermann.837@parl.gc.ca>

If you have time to push out this new online petition on the golddigger clause, it would be appreciated.

https://rachelblaney.ndp.ca/marriage-after-60-clause

Since the CBC Newfoundland/Labrador story, Rachel has received more emails from affected spouses and I’m following up with each of them to ensure we have their story and their contact information. Moving forward, we’d like to ask these folks if they would be willing to film themselves, explaining the impact of this clause on their lives. These would be short videos – done with your phone – less than one minute in length. We would post them on social media. For an example, you can watch this video Rachel posted from a seniors campaign we did last year: https://twitter.com/RABlaney/status/1462838430237343750?s=20&t=5k174Xqx19Z71BuNzrNTEw

In the past, we have found testimonial videos to be very effective in pressuring the government to act. Liberals don’t like to be shamed. Would you be willing to float the video idea to your networks to see if we can get any willing participants?

The committee report on the study will be released sometime between end of October and beginning of November. Rachel will hold a press conference at that time.

Finally, we have designed a mailer that will be sent to Rachel’s riding for Remembrance Day (see attached) that talks mostly about the work on the clause. Do you think this type of mailer would go over well in other parts of the country? If so, I will see what I can do to get it out there.

Thanks,

Christine

Christine Ackermann (she/her/elle)

Legislative Assistant / Adjointe Législative

Rachel Blaney, M.P. / Rachel Blaney, Députée

North Island – Powell River

Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth Territory

613-992-9846

3.  CST. THOMAS AGAR ROAD

The following was received from Veteran George Leoppky. Thank you, George, for lobbying the City of Richmond to honour the memory of Cst. Agar.

Hi George,

Cst. Thomas Agar Road was selected for a new road connecting No. 3 Road to Carscallen Road in Capstan Village (City Centre) in October of last year. It will happen as the development progresses but it’s a done deal.

4.  OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING

Vancouver Division October General Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20 at noon, Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club, 18150 – 8 Ave., Surrey.

Open to RCMP Veterans, wives/husbands/partners, guests, & members of the Veterans’ Ladies Auxiliary.

Guest Speaker, TBD

50/50 Draw

ATTENDANCE BY RESERVATION ONLY

Please contact Vets’ Social Director, Dorothy Martinson

demartinson@shaw.ca or phone (604) 261-4630

COST IS $40.00 PER PERSON,

Cash at the door or by E-transfer.  NOTE: If you wish, to save time lining up, you can pay for your lunch ahead of time through Interac e-Transfer. Log into your financial institution’s online or mobile banking and navigate to Interac eTransfer. Select the account you would like funds transferred from. Fill out the email address for the Vancouver Division which is rcmpvetsvan@shaw.ca.  If your financial institution requires a contact name, use RCMP Vets Vancouver.

5.  RCMP HERITAGE CENTRE

Located in Regina, SK, the RCMP Heritage Centre is dedicated to sharing the story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s national police force.

The RCMP Heritage Centre is advancing plans to become Canada’s newest national museum. A national museum is designated under the federal Museums Act and operated by the Government of Canada to “preserve and promote the heritage of Canada and all its peoples”.

The RCMP museum would be a place of celebration and discovery, of reflection and reconciliation. It would be established as a federal Crown Corporation, not owned or operated by the RCMP.

Museums serve an important social purpose. The Heritage Centre wants to ensure that a National RCMP Museum honours the past in authentic ways, pays tribute to the countless contributions of our national police service, while telling even the most difficult stories with dignity and compassion.

There is a place for your voice in the national conversation about this ambitious project. Click here to learn about several ways to contribute your views and perspectives on what a National RCMP Museum could be, the roles it could play, and the stories you’d like to see and hear. Alternatively , you can click directly to the survey.

Please feel free to share this invitation with others who might be interested in sharing their thoughts and feelings about this idea.

Please add your voice by October 31 , 2022.

Have a good day,

Clémence Grevey

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

5907 Dewdney Avenue

Regina, Saskatchewan S4T 0P4

Office: (306) 719-3013

clemence.grevey@rcmphc.com

www.rcmphc.com


SEPTEMBER 2022


1.  CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY – SEPTEMBER 20

Please be advised ‘E’ Division’s Change of Command Ceremony will be taking place on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 to formally hand over command of the Division from Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan to Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald.

We would be honoured to muster a Troop of RCMP Veterans to participate in the parade. The preliminary details are as follows:

–          Location: Langley Events Centre 7888 200 Street, Langley BC – Building B

–          Date: Tuesday September 20, 2022.

–          Times:

o   0800 – 1200 hours: Practice for the Parade and Ceremony

o   1200 – 1330 hours: Break for Lunch (Provided)

o   1300 hours: Muster for the Parade

o   1400 hours: Parade Steps off

o   15:30 hours: Approximate end time with reception to follow with appetizers and light refreshments.

Could I kindly ask that for this request to be fanned out to the RCMP Veterans to seek interest in participating in this Change of Command Parade? As an FYI, a Troop Commander has already been identified at the request of the outgoing CO; Sergeant Major Sebastien Lavoie (Ret’d) who was her SM.

I would ask that participant names are received by me no later than Wednesday August 27th, 2022. If any vets are unable to participate in the parade but would like to attend to watch please advise of those names and numbers as well.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out. Thank-you in advance and we look forward to seeing you there. Take care,

Nathan

N.C.H. (Nathan) Olson, Corporal/Caporal

Acting Support NCO to the Sergeant Major/Sous-officier intérimaire du soutien au sergente-major

Ceremonies and Protocol/Cérémonies et protocole

Office of the Commanding Officer – “E” Division/Bureau du commandant, Division E

#308 – 14200 Green Timbers Way

Surrey British Columbia/Colombie Britannique  V3T 6P3

Office/Bureau: (778)-290-471

Cell/Cellulaire: (778)-554-7816

Email: nathan.olson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

2.     SURREY DETACHMENT AWARDS CEREMONY – SEPTEMBER 28

A/Comm. Brian Edwards, Officer In Charge, Surrey Detachment has extended an invitation to all members of the RCMPVA Vancouver Division to attend an awards ceremony at the Detachment.  The RCMPVA Division award will be presented to a serving member of the Detachment who has displayed outstanding commitment to the values of the Force.

DATE:     September 28, 2022

TIME:     1:00 pm

LOCATION:  Surrey Detachment, West Main, Briefing Room

Please attend and show your support for the members serving our community.  

Note:  Parking can be a challenge, so please consider carpooling.

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