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Alice Olson

Alice Olson has been a very busy woman, raising eleven children while working and volunteering in her community!

A World War II Veteran, Alice served with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps from 1943 to 1945. Arriving in Valemount with her family in 1956, she joined the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #266, at its inception in 1965.

She was a part of the Ladies Auxiliary(LA) a total of 47 years, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms from 1965 - 1983. Alice served two terms as President of the Valemont LA, having spent time in all other positions on the LA Executive.

Alice serves her branch continuously with baking and events. At 97 years of age, she continues to attend many Legion events and just last year represented female Veterans at a local Sparks and Brownies meeting. The girls, including Alice’s own great granddaughter, visited Branch #266’s in-house War Heroes Museum and Alice had the privilege to be their guest of honour at the meeting.

Alice always kept busy and while raising her eleven children, she would often babysit the neighbourhood kids. She also could always be counted on to answer the call if the Branch or a neighbour needed assistance. She always helped out with the annual Poppy campaign as well as putting in many hours campaigning for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Alice is held in the highest regard by the members of Branch 266 Valemount for her service to the Royal Canadian Legion, the community and her country.

This April, Alice will turn 98 years old.

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Honours and Awards

Ladies Auxiliary Life Membership (1992)

Royal Canadian Legion Life Membership (2021)