Dear Legionnaires, Veterans and my fellow Canadians,
As the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion I wanted to take a moment to recognize the service, sacrifice and commitment to Remembrance that has truly marked 2014 as a year where we all came together for Veterans and their families.
I am just now completing my first few months in office and am pleased to see our members bringing a renewed commitment to the Legion and to strengthening our commitment to our services and support to Veterans, our communities and our country. The Legion is a truly great organization. We can, and will be better. The Legion is changing in many ways to reflect a growing younger membership as well as responding to the changing needs of our Veterans and their families. I am personally making it my mission to ensure the Legion remains Canada’s largest, strongest, and most respected Veterans and community service organization by supporting the modernization of our organization. I want the Legion to be the place that all Canadians, who want to support our Veterans and our communities, will join and get the real satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.
As we approach the holiday season and prepare for some time of reflection and renew our ties to our families and friends, I would like, on behalf of my wife, Cheryl and our four children: Ryan, Daniel, Brook and Brett and two granddaughters, Killian and Ella, to say simply but sincerely “Thank You” for giving me the opportunity to work with you this year and to extend our wishes for a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. May 2015 be our best year yet!