The inaugural speech of Dominion President Gordon Moore was the highlight of the third and final day of the 44th Dominion Convention of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Moore said he will continue to advocate for veterans, work to improve membership retention and acquisition rates, and work to ensure Legion members receive wider recognition in the community for their good works.
But the Legion will also recognize the good work of others in promoting commemoration. Outgoing Dominion President Pat Varga announced the establishment of the Legion’s Founders Award. The first recipient is actor-director Paul Gross, who made the movie Passchendaele. The actor was unable to accept the award in person, but said his grandfather, the inspiration for the film would be very proud. “Canadian soldiers have served with distinction,” he said in a video played at convention, “and our responsibility as civilians is to return that honour.”
Among resolutions approved by the 1,075 accredited delegates were retaining the national curling championships, approving use of a portion of poppy funds for veterans transition programs, and requesting the government of Canada produce a voluntary service medal for three years of military service in the Canadian Forces.
The Royal Canadian Legion also signed accords with national cadet organizations.
The newly elected executive includes Moore, of Ontario; First Vice President Tom Eagles from New Brunswick; Vice Presidents Ed Pigeau from Ontario, Peter Piper from Saskatchewan and Dave Flannigan from Newfoundland and Labrador; Treasurer Michael Cook of British Columbia; and Chairman Tom Irvine of Quebec.