A Mother’s Gift of Lifelong Community and Friendship
Judi Davis has a long history with the Royal Canadian Legion. She became involved with the Ladies Auxiliary (LA) at the young age of thirteen. Her mother was an active member who encouraged Judi and her sister to become a part of the community as well. The sisters helped with the catering for teas, luncheons and dinners.
Helping out in her youth isn’t the only connection Judi has to the Legion. She is very proud of her four uncles who served in WWII. Three served in the Navy and one in the Air Force. Thankfully, each one survived the war and returned home with no injuries. She is humbled by their efforts which have inspired her to strive to keep the service of all Veterans in the forefront of her work with the LA.
Judi joined the LA at Comox Branch #160 at the age of 20, and has been a proud member for 54 years. She has had many mentors over the years, starting of course, with her mother. She has also met many ladies who have helped her along in her journey. She is thankful to all those who were in the LA at the time she joined who helped mold a young mind into years of dedication. The sense of belonging she has gained, while serving alongside other women in the LA, helping out the Comox Branch and Veterans, has been a very rewarding experience. Working Remembrance Day preparations, volunteering for the poppy fundraising campaign, and preparing lunches for those coming to the Branch afterwards are some of Judi’s fondest memories.
*Judi Davis and members of the Ladies Auxiliary at the 2019 Ladies Auxiliary Convention in Penticton, BC.
Promoting Remembrance Means Caring for Her Community Every November 11th and throughout the Year
Over the years, the Ladies Auxiliary at the Comox Branch #160 have participated in many fundraisers and donations to raise funds for local charities in the community. Judi has been a big part of the donations made to the local Children’s Development Telethon, the Women’s Transition Society, local wildlife and animal rescues, YANA (You Are Not Alone), and their local Hospital to supply equipment for the Children’s Ward, specialized beds and equipment for seniors. Her L.A. is also a part of the “Adopt a Vet” program, where they visit Veterans in the hospital and deliver them birthday and Christmas gifts.
Fundraising Together to Solve Today’s Veteran Issues
One of her most recent fundraising efforts came after hearing about the work of Cockrell House in Victoria. They provide assistance with housing to homeless veterans and support services aimed at reintegrating them into society and enabling them to live independently. When Judi heard about Cockrell House, she brought the information to her L.A. and every other organization in her Zone of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Auxiliaries, took up the group to donate too. She felt honoured to have met some of these amazing young men.
*Judi Davis on left, receiving her 50-year membership medal
Judi Davis currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary, BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion. Her longstanding and invaluable service to the Legion has earned her the following Honours & Awards.
- Past Officers Medal and Bars for Offices
- Royal Canadian Legion L.A. Life Membership
- Past Zone Commander Medal with bars
- 50-year Membership Medal
- Queens Anniversary Medal (2012)