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1 December, 2019
I hope that you all enjoyed the Fall Program that Mother Nature provided to our glorious country: from hot and muggy in Central Canada to rainy and gusty on the coasts, to too much early snow in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
We commemorated the 101st Remembrance Day Ceremonies on November 11th. I hope that as many of our members as possible were able to get out to your local cenotaph/church/gymnasium to remember those who fought for our country in the many wars, skirmishes, Peacekeeping and Peacemaking operations our armed forces have been involved in since the Second World War, the war to end all wars. Sadly, 21 years later, the world was at it again, and today there are, on average, 80 wars being fought throughout the world. More than 110,000 Canadians did not return.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.
Today, as I write this message, the Prime Minister announced his cabinet, and the Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajan, remains, as does Lawrence MacAuley as Minister of Veterans Affairs. We will probably see more of the same from the current minority government as we saw from the previous majority government. I do not hold out much hope that the Prime Minister will change his stripes. Sadly.
The Past President and I have attended several VAC, Legion, and CIMVHR (Canadian Institute for Veteran Health Research) meetings with other like-minded veterans’ organizations. Most organizations are losing numbers, as is to be expected, but in the collective we are not attracting retiring CF members, nor recent peacekeepers, in our case. We need to address this quickly, as we now have fewer than 600 members.
A reminder that the Sgt. Frank Poley (Peterborough) Chapter will be holding the next Biennial General Meeting in September 2020, dates to be finalized. Chapter Presidents are reminded that we would appreciate an annual report from their Chapter to be included in the minutes of the meeting. Also, all executive positions are available to be replaced should a CAVUNP member be interested in volunteering to be voted in.
I wish all members and their families a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and all the best for whatever you celebrate according to your own conscience at this time of year. Please enjoy this issue.
Rick Wright, CD
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