11 June 2012
HALIFAX – An Elmira, Ont., resident has been elected Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. Mr. Gordon Moore was acclaimed today, at the Legion’s 44th Dominion Convention in Halifax, as the new leader of Canada’s largest veterans’-based community service organization.
On acclamation he became the 40th Legionnaire to hold the office in the organization’s 86 year history. He was a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
The Dominion Convention, held every two years, is the Legion’s governing body that sets the policies and programs for the 330,000 member organization formed by World War One veterans in 1926 at Winnipeg’s Marlborough Hotel.
Mr. Moore is a former President of Ontario Provincial Command and has been serving at the dominion level in various capacities for 14 years.
The new Dominion President has a long history of service to the Legion. He was first elected as a branch president and has since held all the required offices at branch, district and provincial levels. He was first elected at the dominion level in 1999.
As the Dominion President Mr. Moore takes on the leadership of the Legion as it modernizes and continues to deliver services to all of Canada’s veterans and their families.
“The basic role of the Legion will not change,” he said following his acclamation by the more than 1200 delegates to the Halifax Convention from across Canada, the
United States, Europe and Mexico.
“Our purposes and objects were set by the founders of this great organization and we will continue to maintain them while we continue our modernization. And even though there are technological and social changes happening within our own structure, these will help us remain viable in the community and the nation,” he noted.
We will continue to advocate for benefits for our veterans,” he continued. “We also have to look at what our current members need and what the potential new member needs so that we can remain strong in our advocacy efforts. It is one of the ways that we will be able to ensure that the sacred trust we have inherited is never broken,” he stated.
“My goal during my term of office is to make this organization stronger,” he said. “According to a poll done recently our Canadian youth think we have a future and I believe that they will come forward to ensure that this organization carries on with its main missions – the care of our veterans and the perpetuation of remembrance,” he concluded.
Comrade Gordon Moore of Elmira, Ont., joined the Canadian Army where he served with the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He was elected to be the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion at the 44th Dominion Convention in Halifax in 2012.
He is a member of the Elmira Branch 469 of The Royal Canadian Legion which he joined in 1985. He served on the Branch Executive and all its committees including being the Poppy Committee Chairman. He became Branch President in 1989. From there he went on to Command his Zone and District until he was elected as a Vice-President of Ontario Command in 1999. He became its President in 2005. He has been a member of the Dominion Executive Council since 1999 and has served on its Membership, Public Relations and Poppy and Remembrance Committees.
He has been an avid volunteer aside from his Legion work and has worked with minor soccer and junior and senior softball leagues. He has also volunteered with the Children’s Wish Foundation. He is married to Kathy and they have one daughter, Dawn.
For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760.
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