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9 September, 2018
My last message as your National President.
The past months have been busy for the Veterans’ community. From Canada Day through new memorial
dedications to Peacekeepers’ Day across the country and Warriors’ Day in Toronto, you have done us proud,
and I thank you sincerely for all that you continue to do. Without you, the dedication and sacrifices of Canada’s
Blue Berets would have faded into the background.
Looking back, I am grateful for the many new friends that I have made and the constant support and
assistance you have given to me and to CAVUNP. Ours is a most relevant organization to today’s Veterans; the
opinions of its members are sought after by Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary committees, and its moderate
stance and thoughtful input greatly appreciated. In particular, I thank those who have participated in the
Minister of Veterans Affairs’ Regional Summits. Because of who we are, your opinions carry significant
weight. Personally, I take great pride in our accomplishments. They reflect the very best attributes of Veterans.
Looking ahead, there is still much to do, and I am confidently leaving the leadership in very capable
hands. In addition to continuing to push for the support that modern Veterans need, we need to maintain the
excellent relationships that we have developed over the years. We will also need to address internal matters,
such as membership issues, a number of which will be brought to the floor of our General Meeting in
I need to mention some who have distinguished themselves during my tenure: Paul Greensides, for his
ever-faithful support as National Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Griffis, for his wise counsel and assistance as
Chairman of the Board and Immediate Past President; Tony Keene, for his energy and skill in producing this
newsletter; John Stuart as Chairman of our Honours and Awards Committee; and every Chapter President, too
numerous to mention by name yet most deserving of recognition, who keep our Association healthy.
My closing words are for our new President-Elect, Rick Wright, whose steadfast service over years as
V-P and Assistant Editor of the TBL and support to his Chapter are truly outstanding. May your time as
National President be rewarding and fulfilling, and I stand ready to assist you as you may wish.
Yours in the service of peace,
Wayne Mac Culloch, CD
National President CAVUNP
1815 Chopin Place,
Orleans, Ontario K1C 5G1