Convention Elections - Admin/Finance 2017

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This page offers Legion members the opportunity to get to know the candidates running for office at Convention.

Note: Candidates who wish to participate in this online opportunity have done so. Other candidates are invited to submit their information and photo at anytime, please send the information to penny.aujla@legionbcyukon.ca. Nominations from the floor at Convention are also still accepted.


Position: President


Candidate: Marc Tremblay

Marc TremblayComrade Tremblay joined The Royal Canadian Legion in Pemberton in 1992 and has served in progressive positions from Branch President to Zone Commander and chaired and participated in numerous Provincial Committees. Most recently, he has served as BC Yukon Command President. Constitution and Laws, strategic plan development and operational implementation are his areas of expertise.

At the Dominion level, Marc served on the Membership Committee; one term as a member of the Poppy and Remembrance Committee; and, has served as an ad hoc member of the Veteran's and Seniors Services Committee since 2010. He is a 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, and has received the Minister of Veterans' Affairs Commendation. He currently resides in Armstrong and is a member in his home branch.

Commitment to Progress:
As Command President these last two years I have worked with many teams, including Legion members, Directors, staff and external partners to help our Command progress to the next level. Having been a key driver of the 2015 Strategic Plan approved by that year’s convention, I feel there is still so much to do. As Legion members, assisted by our staff, we are making noticeable progress in all areas, especially in our property development initiatives, and branch operations. We have measurably improved on many fronts in the last two years.

I believe our organization is at a key tipping point in the history of the Legion in BC and the Yukon. In order to come out on the positive side of this critical juncture, we must complete the full cycle of the 2015 Strategic Plan. We must push through in order to achieve the bright future we all envision. I believe that in order to complete the largest initiatives we have ever undertaken, that key positions on the Command leadership board must be a consistent guiding hand for  longer than the usual single term of a President. In a precedent already established in our history, I am running for a second term as President.  If we are trying to move mountains to bring about the rebirth of the Legion, it is my firm belief that the best thing for the success of our organization, branches, and members is to have an experienced and progressive leader with a finger on the pulse of the current directive.

As I promised, and delivered in my first term, I will balance fiscal prudence with investment in new ideas and build efficiency in all locations. I will ensure our emphasis on business strength is never at the cost of our mandate to serve Veterans and their families. I promise to continue to work very hard to further the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion; to ensure that BC/Yukon Command progresses as a proactive Command; and, to represent the members of this organization to the best of my abilities.

Candidate: Glenn Hodge

Glenn HodgeGlenn joined the Canadian Forces Reserves at the age of 16 in 1974 with The Royal Canadian Artillery, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. After a tour in Germany he returned to Trail where he transferred to the 44 Field Engineer Squadron with the British Columbia Dragoons. He went on to become the Squadron Sergeant Major in 1986, and served with the reserves for over 26 years, retiring in 2001.

Glenn achieved a Diploma with Honours, in Business Management and worked for Teck Metals Ltd in Trail BC for over 38 years, retiring in 2015.

Glenn joined the Salmo branch in 1976, and was first elected as a branch executive in 1978. He has since held most executive positions at the Salmo and Trail branches. He served at the zone level from 1999 and went on to serve as Zone Commander in 2005-2009. Glenn was elected as Command Treasurer in 2009, he also chaired the Branch Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in realigning the financial management of Command and Foundation. At the 2015 Convention he was elected as the 1st Vice President.

Glenn has over 41 years of dedicated Legion membership and service, he was awarded his Life Membership in 2005 and received a Meritorious Service Medal in 2011. Glenn is also a 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient.

Glenn also has been active and continues to support other organization and groups in his community, these include: Oasis Waterworks (25 years), as a director and chairman; Cominco Joint Social Club Executive member (14 years), chairman for the last 7 years; Corinthian Lodge of the Masons, serving as treasurer, and executive member since 2001; Scottish Rite Lodges as Secretary (9 years); Shrine Club (7 years); Trail Elderly Citizen Housing Society as treasurer (3 years); and was on his Church board (3 years).

Election Pledge: "I am eager for the opportunity to step into the role of Command President. I am passionate about serving in this critical position to continue to do all I can to assist the Legion and promote the organization within its communities. I will strive to ensure the well-being of all veterans, their widows and dependents and the vitality and health of our organization as a whole. I bring strong Legion governance and financial experience to my role, with the energy and business sense required for the organizational changes, at all levels, needed in the future."

 


Position: First Vice President


Candidate: Valerie MacGregor

Val MacGregorValerie is the daughter of a WWII Veteran, and has devoted her service to the Legion in dedication to her father. Valerie’s spent 15 years serving on the Executive of the West Vancouver Branch 60, and as President from 2005-2009. During this tenure, she was also Deputy Zone Commander for North Shore & Howe Sound Zone. She served as Zone Commander from 2009 - 2013.  During the 2011-2013 term, she served as Chair of the BC Yukon Command Marketing and Public Relations committee, as well as the Convention Local Arrangements Committee. Valerie was elected BC Yukon Command Vice President in 2013 and served as Chair of the Branch Advisory Committee for the 2013-2015 term.   In 2015, Valerie was elected to a second term as BC Yukon Command Vice President. She continued as Chair of Branch Advisory until Oct 2016 and currently chairs the Membership Committee and is Co-Chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee.

Valerie continues to be actively involved at Branch 60, where she holds the position of Secretary, and sits as a member of the Finance, Poppy Fund and Remembrance Committees. Valerie is a keen supporter of community Youth development programs including Sports, Cadets, Scouting and Guides.

Valerie continues to serve North Shore & Howe Sound Zone as Immediate Past Zone Commander and Membership Chair. She represents the Zone as a Director to New Chelsea Housing Society and is an advocate for affordable housing for Veterans, seniors and the disabled. She served the North Shore Candlelight Tribute Committee for ten years: four years as President, followed by three years as Secretary.

In 2015 Valerie joined the George Derby Family Council where she served as Secretary for the 2015-2016 term, and is currently a member of George Derby Care Society.

In 2012 Valerie received the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs Commendation Award acknowledging her contribution to the care and wellbeing of Veterans and her commitment to perpetuating remembrance of their sacrifices. She is a 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.

Election Pledge: "My commitment is to our Veterans and the progressive programs being put forward by BC Yukon Command. It has been my pleasure to be part of the team who have made a positive difference in this Command during the past four years. I believe I have the knowledge, experience and leadership skills which will be an asset to our leadership team, and enable our Command to continue to be viable, and one of the most progressive in Canada. I thank you for your consideration and support of my nomination for 1st Vice President of BC Yukon Command."

 

Candidate: John Scott

John ScottJohn retired after 18 years of military service - he joined the Army Apprentice Plan at age 16. He was then posted to various regiments, served as an instructor in the School of Artillery, and later re-mustered to RCEME as an Electro Mechanic. John served in Germany with NATO and in Cypress on Peacekeeping duty. He then took his release in 1977 and moved to Prince George to be with his family, working in the sawmill industry as a Service Representative and later in sales and management until retirement.

John first joined the Prince George Legion 43 in 1977, and ran for executive in 1997. He was elected as the PR Chairman and since then has devoted most of his free time to the Legion. He has held most branch positions and was elected as President in 2007. He served as Deputy Zone Commander for the Central BC Zone from 2004-2010, and in 2010 he was elected Zone Commander. In 2015 he was elected as a Vice President of BC/Yukon Command and is Chairman of the Youth Committee. John was instrumental in the revitalization of the Prince George branch and worked with Government and local business to relocate the branch. John served as the Chairman for the Military Veterans and Senior Committee for BC/Yukon Command in 2013 and served on the branch advisory committee. He was also active as the assigned Zone Commander for the former Peace Zone until elected to BC/Yukon Command. He is currently an executor for a branch in Central Zone.

Outside the Legion, he started a Peacekeeper Chapter in Prince George (CAVUNP) serving as Vice President and President. He has also served in the Cadet league for 5 years as Zone Chairman for Cariboo North. John is a 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient and in 2016 received the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship.

Election Pledge: As a Veteran who is dedicated to ensuring our serving, former serving members of the forces and RCMP are treated fairly and are assisted through our service bureau, I will work diligently on their behalf. I will also serve, in any capacity the President decides, to the best of my ability and will work in co-operation with others.

 

Position: Vice President


Candidate: Dale Johnston

Dale JohnstonDale Johnston joined the Legion in 1980 as an associate member under his father, a World War II veteran. He was first elected to the executive of the Cloverdale Branch 06 in 1996. He was on the Executive until 2013, during which time he chaired many committees including Finance, Sports, Entertainment and Ways & Means. Dale was elected chairman of the Peace Arch Zone in 2005 and held that position until 2011. In 2011, he was elected Deputy Zone Commander and, in 2013, Dale was elected Zone Commander. He is currently in his third term. In 2010 Dale was honored to receive a life Membership.

Dale has been called upon over the years to sit on a number of committees. In 2013 and 2014 he was on The National Track and Field Committee, held in Langley. He was the Transportation Chairmen and organized all the Dominion Command VIP’s travel. Recently he was a Trustee for Richmond Branch 291 and Tsawwassen Branch 289. As their trustee he has worked hard to ensure the Branch’s future viability. He was also the Chairman of the Provincial Golf Tournament from 2011 to 2015 and was the Finance Chairman for the Dominion Dart Tournament at Cloverdale Branch 06, in 2014. Over the last two years he has been your B.C. and Yukon Command Sports Chairman.

Outside of Legion Life Dale and his wife Teresa own a Triple “O” Burgers by White Spot franchise located in Surrey. While Teresa works at the restaurant, Dale takes care of the finances and the books. Dale is an avid Golfer and Curler but his real passion is training his dog Riley. Whether competing at an agility trial or performing at The Super Dog Shows, you will always see Dale with his dog.

Election Pledge: My commitment is to our Veterans and their communities. My mandate is to ensure that all branches within our command continue to operate efficiently. If elected, it is my intention to continue to assist all branches within our Command, where necessary. With my business experience, Legion experience and by thinking outside the box, I can make this happen. Our Veterans and their communities need a voice. I thank you for your support.

Candidate: Bev Mansell

Bev MansellBev is the daughter in law of a WWII Veteran. His service to Canada and a desire to help him as well as the many Veterans of this great country motivated her to join the Legion in 1990.

Since joining the Legion, Bev has served on either the Executive or on the Zone Executive for all but 3 years.  In 1991, she was elected to the Executive Committee in Summerland. Bev chaired the Sports Committee from 1991 to 1995 and was Poppy Chairman from 1992 to 2004. In 1994, she was elected as 2nd Vice President and in 1996 she was elected President serving each for 2 years. Bev was elected President again in 2003 and served another 2 years. She served as Secretary/Treasurer of the South Okanagan Zone from 2000 to 2003. Since moving to Powell River in 2006, Bev was elected to the Branch Executive as Vice President in 2007 and served as President from 2008 to 2011. She is now President of Branch 164 again. Bev is also a Membership chairman and has been since 2007.  She served as Deputy Zone Commander of the Sunshine Coast from 2013 to 2014 and then Zone Commander from 2014 to 2017. She also served on the BC Yukon Command Membership Committee from 2013 to 2015. Bev is a 2012 Queens Jubilee Medal Recipient.

While Bev was in Summerland she was on the BC Yukon Command Honours and Awards Committee under the direction of Ed Findlater. She also started the first Candlelight Ceremony and Veteran’s Dinner at the Summerland Cemetery and Legion.  Since moving to Powell River, she was instrumental in starting the first Candlelight Ceremony and Veteran’s Dinner in Powell River, which is held annually.

Bev is currently working very hard to connect our younger Veterans to the Legion.  There are approximately 10-12 Afghanistan/Bosnia Veterans in Powell River who meet on a weekly basis at a home. Bev is instrumental in bringing them to the Legion and offering them any help we can give them. She has been personally willing to cook them a lunch and offer them Legion support.

Election Pledge: I am committed to supporting all Veterans and their Families. With my many years of experience with the Legion, I feel I am qualified to serve BC Yukon Command as Vice President.

Candidate: Al Turner

Al TurnerAl Turner has been a member of Branch 273 Mackenzie for 42 years.  He was awarded a life membership, a MSM and has both the Gold and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medal as recognition for his service.

As a son of a WWII Veteran, Al chose to join the Navy like his father.  He served on HMCS Griffon, HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Cape Scott.

Al is an active member of the Mackenzie branch; holding the positions of 1st Vice President, President, Poppy chairman and Service Officer. He was President for 3 years and has been the Service Officer for the past 10 years.

At zone level, he has served as a Senior Executive Officer, and a Deputy Zone Commander. He was also a Zone Commander for three terms. 

Al was part of Provincial Command as an executive officer in 2005 to 2007, with his portfolio being Honours and Awards.

He attended Provincial and Dominion Conventions in 1999, 2001 through to 2007, then again in 2009 and 2016.

Locally he is on the board for the Air Cadet Squadron and spent 11 years with the Scouting Organization.

Election Pledge: “I want to be a part of the Royal Canadian Legion where I will work toward ensuring that all Veterans, RCMP and dependants receive their proper entitlements. I am dedicated to the aims and objectives of the Legion. I want to see us survive and continue being a leader in making a difference in our communities, province and country. I look forward to being a part of a team working together for the future of the Legion.”

Candidate: Craig Thomson

Craig ThomsonCraig Thomson has been a Legion member for 45 years. At 18 years old, he joined Branch 240 Crescent Beach and then headed to Canadian Forces Basic Training. After 2 years in the Canadian Forces, posted at CFB Comox as Military Police, he transferred to the RCMP where he served for 35 years until retiring in 2009.  During his time in the RCMP, he served in 3 United Nations Missions as UN Civilian Police stationed in Yugoslavia, Kosovo and East Timor.

In 2010, Craig transferred to Branch 052 Kamloops, where he has served as the 1st Vice and President. He has also chaired the Honours & Awards and Bursary Committees as well as acted as Parade Commander for Remembrance Day ceremonies. He currently acts as a Branch Service Officer. In 2015, Craig was elected as Zone Commander for Nicola Thompson Zone and in 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Constitution and Laws Committee at the Command level.

Outside of the Legion, Craig is an avid motorcycle rider, and a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle group as well as CAV, the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit.  Over the past several years he has been active in the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride that raises funds for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children.

Election Pledge: It has become apparent that the future of this great organization is on uncertain ground.  In order for us to serve those the Legion was founded to represent, the Veteran, we have to ensure the Legion continues to be a leader for Veterans.  That is why I support the Strategic Plan that was introduced 2 years ago.  I see the continuation of the Strategic Plan as a way of ensuring the Legion survives, and I will do my part to move the plan forward.  I am a Veteran, and I want to see the Royal Canadian Legion continue to be the leader in Veterans issues for years to come.

Candidate: Roy Cardinal

Roy CardinalRoy Cardinal is the grandson of a WWI veteran, the son of a WWII veteran, and is a veteran himself.  He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966 at the age of 16 and served from 1966 to 1971.  During that time he served two tours in Vietnam, and was promoted to rank of Leading Seaman.  

Roy has owned several businesses since the age of 25 until present.  He joined the RCL in 1972 and has held just about every executive position in the Legion.  Roy served as Treasurer, First and Second Vice Presidents, and President in Alberta as well as BC.  He has also served as Bar Chairman and Ways and Means at branch level in BC.  The past eight years, Roy has served the Central Vancouver Island Zone as executive member, Deputy Zone Commander, and presently Zone Commander.  He also was head whip at Dominion Convention 2016.

In 2011, Roy received a Life Membership and in 2012 was honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Election Pledge: As a veteran, I am eager for the opportunity to serve on BC/Yukon Command to look after our veterans and dependents, Legion branches and their communities as to what our mission statement stands for.  With my Legion and business background, I believe I can do this as a BC/Yukon Command Vice President.

Candidate: Jane Anderson

Jane AndersonAfter joining Veteran Affairs and realizing her passion for our Canadian Veterans and their families, Jane Anderson became an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion in 2008. She became hooked, when she carried and laid a wreath at a Remembrance Day Ceremony for the first time. Currently, Jane is serving as Zone Commander for Vancouver/Burnaby. She has 8 years of outstanding volunteer service with the Legion, including two terms as Zone Commander, and Deputy Zone Commander. She has participated in many parades and public events representing BC Yukon Command and Vancouver / Burnaby Zone in a stellar manner with pride. Jane spends many hours away from her personal life and work to accomplish the work of the Legion, she is a person who is always looking for ways to help out.

When Jane isn’t volunteering, she works at Veteran Affairs Canada. They awarded her the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her significant contributions serving veterans in BC. She is very proud of this honour, as she was one of only 50 VAC employees to receive the award out of a staff base of 3,500. Her contributions to the Department of Veterans Affairs Canada and the time given to volunteer and community work contributes to the well-being and health of all Canadians.

Jane has 2 granddaughters (4 & 2), who are her pride and joy. The oldest wants to be a mom, and a policeman. She wants the Legion around to assist her when she grows up.

Since 2008, Jane has held the following positions:

Branch level- 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Sports Chair, Poppy chair, Parade Marshall, Hospitality Chair, Honors & Awards Chair, Social Activities Chair, Executive Member.

Zone Level- Zone Commander, Deputy Zone Commander, Poppy Fund Representative (on the Board of Directors for 5 years), New Chelsea Society Representative (on the Board of Directors for 4 years), Sports Chair, Seniors Recreational Activities Chair, Honors & Awards Chair, and member of Provincial Executive Council (Marketing and PR Chair) for BC Yukon Command.

Other volunteer activities

  • During the 2010 Olympics, she worked to ensure public safety, and was an ambassador to the City of Vancouver offering directions and suggestions to visitors.
  • She was on the organizing committee for Canada Cup / Canadian Open Fast Pitch for 7 years, where she organized, scheduled, supervised the 65 person cashier/ gates crew.
  • She was part of the transportation Crew for The World Police and Firefighters Games.
  • She was voted Most Valuable Volunteer at the World Junior Hockey Tournament. She presented the Gold and Bronze Medals at the Closing Ceremonies.
  • She was a team leader at The Vancouver Folk Music Festival for 7 years.

Clean and sober for 27 years in May 2017, and a mentor at AA and NA. Jane puts out her hand, not to ask for help, but to offer her help.

Election Pledge: I will work diligently and relentlessly to help rebuild and reconstruct the burnt bridges of mistrust between the Branches and BC Yukon Command. With the help and support of the President and the other Vice Presidents we can turn this around, and have the Legion as not only the largest volunteer organization in Canada but the strongest.

 


POSITION: TREASURER


Candidate: Jim Diack

Jim DiackJim’s family has a long history with the Royal Canadian Legion. His grandfather served in WWI and joined the Legion at conception in Winnipeg, Manitoba; he was a Life Member. Jim’s father served in the Navy during WWII, he joined the Legion near the end of the war and also became a Life Member. He was a District Commander in Manitoba with more than 65 years of Legion service when he passed away.

Jim joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the age of nineteen, serving for 31 years in the Province of Alberta. He joined the Legion at the age of 21, transferring among several branches in the communities where he was posted over the years. Upon retiring in 1998 and moving to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island he became involved with the local Legion executive, serving on various executive positions and committees. Jim’s Branch awarded him his Life Membership in 2007. In 2012 Jim was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and received his Meritorious Service Medal in 2016.

In 2001 Jim was elected as Branch President and served in that capacity for four years. During that period he became involved with the Zone activities and was elected as Deputy Zone Commander in 2009. He served in that position for two years then became Zone Commander in 2011 serving two terms, four years.

During his service as Zone Commander and member of the Provincial Executive Council he served on the Legion Foundation Board, Honours and Awards Chairman and Constitution and Laws Committee. Jim has been the Command Whip at both Provincial and Dominion Conventions.

Jim was elected Command Treasurer at the 2015 convention and is currently the Command Treasurer and serves on Branch Advisory Review Panel.

Election Pledge:  Having served as Command Treasurer I fully understand the magnitude of the responsibilities and, if elected, I pledge to continue to apply my understanding of Legion operations and will carry on with care, determination, fairness, transparency and honesty.

 


Position: Chairman
 


Candidate: Dwight Grieve

Dwight GrieveDwight Gordon Grieve has been a Legion member for 53 years. He is presently married with three daughters and three grandsons. Dwight was born August 2, 1943 in Selkirk, Manitoba and moved to North Burnaby, BC in 1950.  He started out as a cadet of the Royal Westminster Regiment and Irish Fushillers, attending the Vernon Army Cadet camps in 1957. In 1960, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was sent to the New Entry Training HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Upon completion of this training, Dwight was sent to the HMCS Nadan in Esquimalt BC to await being drafted. He was drafted to the HMCS Saguenay, a Destroyer Escort based out of Esquimalt. Dwight completed a Ships Clearance Dive course on March 14, 1962. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, the ships carried such a large amount of ammunition, that torpedoes were carried in their packing cases on the upper deck of the ship.  Upon completing a Weapons Underwater Trade Group 2 Course in 1963, he was drafted onto the HMCS Fraser. On this vessel, they were forced to go through the Straits of Malacca with the ship at action stations because the Sukarno was rattling his sword. The HMCS Fraser was tasked with escorting the HMCS St. Laurent to the Indian Ocean. This mission was delayed due to the situation in the Gulf of Tonkin and the Fraser was stationed in Singapore for a couple weeks, until the situation was stabilized. After this mission was completed, he was drafted onto the Submarine HMCS Grilse. In 1966, Dwight was posted to the HMCS Naden Trade Group 2 Course and then upon completion in 1968 to the HMCS St. Croix. He was then moved to the Submarine HMCS Rainbow in 1969, after it was decommissioned Dwight was posted to the Fleet Maintenance Group Pacific. This included doing maintenance on the Variable Depth Sonar system and Asroc Launcher system on the HMCS Terra Nova in 1976. In 1979, he took part in the largest drug bust on the coast at that time with the RCMP on the HMCS Restigouce as a Section Head. Dwight became part of the Weapons Specification Writing Board in 1980 to combine the two weapons trades into one. He was posted again to Fleet Maintenance Group Pacific in 1980 to 1981.

Dwight was moved to Sea Training in 1981, where he participated in the run from Dockyard Halifax to dockyard Esquimalt to celebrate the RCN’s 75th anniversary. He was then posted to CFB Chilliwack as Company Sargent-Major for the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School. During this time, as President of the Running Club, Dwight organized the security for the Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour from Manning Park to Vancouver, which was a very gratifying experience for him. Dwight did his final Diving requalification course in 1991 while posted on the HMCS Quappelle. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and posted to Ottawa in 1992 to work on the Frigate program as integrated logistics support. He retired after being posted back to Esquimalt with the Frigate program as the Cox in the unit.

Dwight is presently the Chairman of BC/Yukon Command, Provincial MVS committee Chair for BC/Yukon and a past Zone Commander for the South Vancouver Island Zone, which includes 16 branches. He is the Sargent-At-Arms for his own branch, Malahat District in Shawnigan Lake. In 2016, he carried out the role as Contingent Commander at the Dominion Convention for BC/Yukon. On November 16th, 2016, he received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation from the Honorable Kent Hehr. Dwight also received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary International in appreciation of the tangible and significant assistance he has given for the furtherance of a better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.