Welcome to the Stouffville Legion Branch 459

CLOSED AGAIN STARTING JANUARY 5

Following the guidelines from the Provincial Government the Stouffville Legion will be closed again starting Wednesday January 5 until restrictions are lifted. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will update our closure as events come available.

Please monitor our website and Facebook accounts for updates on our reopening. The Legion phone 905 640-1714 and email office@stouffvillelegion.ca will be monitored throughout this closure. We wish to continue supporting the Veterans, Widows in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville / City of Markham so please contact us if you need assistance.

Please keep well and stay safe.

The Legion Executive.

RCL #459 Stouffville

100th Anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy In Canada

Inspired by John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”, Madame Anne Guerin, later christened “The Poppy Lady from France”, campaigned tirelessly in the early 1920s for her Inter-allied Poppy Day idea: to adopt the distribution of the Poppy on Armistice Day as a way to raise money for Veterans’ needs, and to remember those who had given their lives during the First World War.

After meeting with her, in July 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran Groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance.

The Stouffville Legion would like the thank the following companies for their generous donation to the Stouffville Legion:

  • SCS Consulting Group Ltd.
  • Todd Brothers Consulting Ltd
  • Griffith Property Services Ltd
  • PGI Contracting
  • Eye-View

 

Government funding supports local legion

On behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Dr. Helena Jaczek, the MP for Markham-Stouffville, announced that the Government of Canada is providing over $10,000 in funding to support Whitchurch-Stouffville’s Royal Canadian Legion 459.

This funding will assist the Legion with their operational costs to allow the Legion to continue to deliver important services for veterans and their families.

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund is part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to protect jobs, provide emergency support and keep businesses afloat through the pandemic. Organizations such as Whitchurch-Stouffville’s Royal Canadian Legion 459 play a critical role in the well-being of veterans, their families and the community.

“The pandemic has been difficult for Veterans organizations right across the country,” Jaczek said. “These organizations, including Stouffville’s Royal Canadian Legion 459, do vitally important work. They are such an important part of the community.

“This funding will help to make sure they are be able to continue supporting our veterans and their families, both now and into the future.”

Organizations receiving these funds will have access to the support they need to replace charitable and other revenue lost because of the pandemic, and will be able to continue their work with veterans and their families during a time when it is needed most. These organizations support the well-being of veterans and their families across the country.

They carry out a range of services such as, mental health support, social and community support, commemoration efforts, animal therapy, healing through physical activity, and healing through nature, and counseling.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely hard on all Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion across the country,” said Murray Pattenden, President Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459 Stouffville. “While most Branches are able to sustain short term closures, many Branches have been hit hard and could close permanently.  The funding has helped Branch #459 Stouffville to pay our ongoing contractual utility obligations so that the Legion can continue to support our veterans and their families as well as our seniors in our community for years to come”

 

Photo: (L to R) Cheryl Hogg, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459 First Vice President; Murray Pattenden, President Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459; and Dr. Helena Jaczek, Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

The Stouffville Legion is still accepting applications for new members even with COVID-19 restrictions. You have a couple options to choose from. Our Early Bird Membership drive is over and thank-you to the 50% of our membership who made use of this offer!

Download the Membership Application form and mail the application to:

Stouffville Legion, Branch 459

Attention: Kelly Lawson Membership Chairperson
150 Mostar Street
Stouffville, ON
L4A 0Y2

You can also apply on-line;https://portal.legion.ca/join. Select the Stouffville Legion Branch 459 as your home branch.

Any members wanting to pay their 2021 can mail payment to the above address.

Any questions may be addressed to:

Kelly Lawson Membership Chairperson
Cell: 647 456-3525
kellydlawson@outlook.com

Please stay safe and healthy in these trying times. We hope to see you again when it is safe to do so.  

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