New Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in British Columbia
Her Honour The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in British Columbia. The 30th lieutenant-governor of British Columbia was sworn in on April 24, 2018.
Prior to this appointment, she spent 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Metro Vancouver, one of the province’s largest and most diversified non-profits. There she oversaw operations delivering services to tens of thousands of people annually at more than 40 locations.
New Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in Nova Scotia
His Honour the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in Nova Scotia. His Honour, the 33rd Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia was sworn in on June 28, 2017.
Prior to his installation as Lieutenant Governor, His Honour was an accomplished barrister, litigator and judge, and previously sat on a number of boards for private sector and voluntary organizations.”
New Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Her Honour The Honourable Judy M. Foote, P.C., O.N.L. Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in Newfoundland and Labrador. The 14th lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador was appointed on March 20, 2018.
Prior to entering politics, Ms. Foote worked as a journalist and communications director. In addition to mentoring cancer patients, she has volunteered her time over the years with several organizations, including the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Paul O’Boyle is presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation!
On July 31, 2018 Paul O’Boyle the Nova Scotia Branch President became a recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. The Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans. Paul’s many years of conspicuous service to Veterans on several fronts makes him highly worthy of this prestigious recognition. Paul and Lil travelled to Moncton where the Minister of Veterans Affairs,The Honourable Seamus O’Regan presided over the presentation ceremony.
Video: 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
April 9, 1917 … almost 100 years ago. All four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side for the first time as one formation at Vimy Ridge. After four days of intense battle, nearly 3,600 of our soldiers’ lives lost, over 7,000 more wounded and countless displays of extraordinary courage. The capture of Vimy Ridge was truly an incredible military victory. On April 9, 2017… one hundred years later, Canada will honour this battle in France and in communities across Canada. 2017 promises to be a monumental year for our nation—the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. We are proud and will never forget those who served in this great battle.
The Last Post Fund Now
The Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program ensures that eligible Veterans receive dignified funeral and burial services. The Program is administered by the Last Post Fund, a non-profit organization that has served Veterans since 1909. The Last Post Fund’s operations are based in three cities: Halifax, Montreal and Toronto. The National office is located in Montreal. The Last Post Fund is supported financially by Veterans Affairs Canada and by private donations.
The Last Post Fund Then
The Last Post Fund has been helping Veterans since 1909. Arthur Douglas Hair was founder of the Last Post Fund in 1909. One of Hair's military brothers, James Daly, died without family or the means to have a proper funeral. Hair was "outraged by the callous disregard for the deceased man's past military service". Hair wrote a letter to The Montreal Gazette and went on a mission to ensure that the military dead "no matter what their lot in life, were worthy of more reverential treatment".