Projects & Initiatives
October is just around the corner, and Legion Branches are starting to gear up for the annual Poppy Campaign!
From the last Friday of October to November 11, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and both remember and revere those who sacrificed and gave of themselves for the freedoms we enjoy today.
To make 2019 even more successful, Branches need volunteers to help with organization, preparation, and distribution during the Poppy Campaign. If you could find it in yourself to offer your kind help, we welcome you and anyone as enthused to join you in our shared cause of Remembrance, a revered tradition.
Please volunteer at your local Legion and enjoy the experience.
You and yours will be doing their part to ensure Canadians ‘Never Forget’.
The Royal Canadian Legion’s national partnership with the Canadian Tulip Festival launched in Ottawa on Friday May 10th, with Grand President Larry Murray speaking on behalf of the Legion:
- The Legion will support both the festival and its commemorative initiative related to the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands – which will be officially marked next year.
- The Legion is supporting the new orange Liberation 75 tulip. As per the Festival’s wish, the Legion will receive $1 from every bag of 15 bulbs sold.
- The Legion is supporting the Festival’s Celebration Bouquet– the general bouquet of the festival this year. As per the festival’s wish, the Legion will receive 15% of proceeds from bouquets sold.
The Festival’s goal is to plant 1.1 million bulbs this year, so that they bloom next year, in recognition of the 1.1 million Canadians who served in the Second World War.
Additional information will be shared with branches who may wish to participate in the coming days/weeks:
- For information on the Festival, visit site: https://tulipfestival.ca
- For information on the bulbs: https://liberation75.ca
- For information on the bouquet: https://bloomex.ca/Canadian-Tulip-Festival-Collection/Capital-Romance.html
To thank their volunteers, Ontario Command is holding a contest. If you are a Legion volunteer, tell them what you love best about being a volunteer, or share a story from your Branch, that highlights how you are lifting veterans or your community.
Let’s show what our Branch and volunteers do for veterans and communities! Submit your story at this following link: https://legion.ca/communities-youth/legions-in-their-communities/mylegion or on social media using the hashtag #MyLegion.
All submissions received before May 1, 2019, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a gift basket from The Poppy Store valued at $1,000.
Youth Remembrance Poster and Literary Contests
Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion’s longstanding Annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance.
The contests are divided into four categories:
- Primary: Grades 1, 2, 3 (Poster Contest only)
- Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6
- Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
- Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
The Poster Contest is divided into two categories: colour and black and white (see last year’s winners below). The Literary Contest is divided into two categories: essay and poem. Entries are submitted at the Branch level and winning entries proceed to the provincial and then national level.
(2017 Content Winners)
The winning entries for each category at the national level are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year.
For the Poster Contest, the second place winners, and those receiving an honourable mention, are displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the Remembrance period in November. For the senior winners in the four contests (two posters, one essay and one poetry), the Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Service. There, the winners place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada as well as have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.
Entering and regulations
Students can enter as many contests as they wish, but can submit only one entry per category. Your Bradford Legion Branch shall announce the Poster and Literary Contests deadlines for entries.
Initial judging takes place at the community level by volunteers at local Legion Branches. The winning entries are then judged at the provincial level. The winners at this level are sent to Ottawa where the national winners are declared. The winning entries are published in the Winners Booklet which is sent to all Branches and available to schools.
To participate, youths and schools should contact the Bradford Legion in September for information. Contact us for further details and coordination at 905-775-5025.
The Royal Canadian Legion
Youth Track & Field Program
For over 40 years, the Program enables athletes ages 17 and under to compete in Zone, District, Provincial, and ultimately National Track & Field events.
Hundreds of young athletes have participated at the different levels of Meets…and no less than 32 athletes went on to compete for Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and generally, more in other past Olympics and other international competitions.
With the National Meet, athletes get to spend a week with the selected team learning from experts and each other, building teamwork skills and forging new friendships.
Participation in the events do not require Legion membership nor membership in any Track & Field organization, are at little-to-no cost, and all costs, including travel and accommodation, is covered by the Legion for provincial and national competitors. Register at the Bradford Legion!
For more information, send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org
55+ Wellness Program
Hosted by CHATS
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Health & Wellness Education • For information: Laura @ 905-715-1767
- Nutritious Lunch
- Gentle Exercise & Activities
- $8 / person • Transportation available for $2
Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Charitable Foundation
Bursary Assistance Program
- Bursary assistance program for qualified students, running September to last Friday in March
- Have more questions? Email email@example.com
- Application form downloadable from on.legion.ca
The Assistive Device Exchange
The Bradford Legion supports the Assistive Device Exchange, where unused but good equipment can be listed for sale or give away. This initiative’s website is likewise a nice listing of equipment you might need! … http://www.assistivedeviceexchange.com