DIVISION/NATIONAL NEWS 2021
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21 December 2021 NEW
On behalf of RCMP Veterans’ Association, Ottawa Division Executive, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families, health, happiness, peace and prosperity this Christmas and in the coming New Year. May your holidays sparkle with joy and laughter.
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams
W.A. (Wayne) Jacquard, President
RCMP Veterans’ Association,
Au nom de l’exécutif de l’Association des vétérans de la GRC, division d’Ottawa, j’aimerais profiter de l’occasion pour vous souhaiter, à vous et à vos familles, santé, bonheur, paix et prospérité à Noël et au cours de la nouvelle année. Que vos vacances soient remplies de joie et de rires.
“Rappelez-vous qu’il n’y a rien de tel qu’un petit acte de bonté. Chaque acte crée une ondulation sans fin logique.” – Scott Adams
W.A. (Wayne) Jacquard, Président
l’Association des vétérans de la GRC,
20 DECEMBER 2021 NEW UPDATE
THANK YOU Kinngait ᑭᙵᐃᑦ, Nunavut – CLICK HERE
PHOTOS – CLICK HERE
NATIONAL HQ CAMPAIGN – CLICK HERE
RCMP National Headquarters (NHQ) Adopt a Village Campaign – 2021
As the President of the RCMP Veterans’ Association, Ottawa Division (ODVA) I am pleased to announce that we will be supporting and partnering with NHQ in their “Adopt a Village” Campaign 2021.
The goal is to help out front line members in remote communities rebuild relationships and strengthen community ties as well as help members of the communities in need. Last year’s campaign focused on Fort McPherson NWT and was a tremendous success. This year NHQ are working closely with V Division members to help Kinngait, Nunavut and to support the RCMP’s front-line members in building bridges in Kinngait, this by sending much needed goods.
28 NOVEMBER 2021 NEW
The Veteran’s Association is not selling fruit cakes this year.
We have been advised by Roger Newman (one of our Members) that the Cumberland Lions Club is again selling fruit cakes.
Combination 450g light / 450g dark cakes, $15.00
Dark 2 450g dark cakes, $15.00
Dark sliced 650g dark pre sliced cake, $11.00
Shortbread. 300g imported Scottish shortbread, $10.00
For more information, contact Roger Newman:
Home phone 613 833-2331
09 NOVEMBER 2021 NEW
Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation 2021 Recipient
Every year, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is presented to individuals who provide outstanding volunteer service to Veterans, their communities and their country. The Commendation recognizes a wide range of work, contributing to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of their sacrifices and achievements. It is the highest honour the Minister of Veterans Affairs can bestow.
08 NOVEMBER 2021 NEW
2021 National Aboriginal Veterans Day
This special day honours the men and women of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples that have defined our military history for over 200 years. From the War of 1812, both World Wars, the Korean conflict, to the present day Canadian Armed Forces, our Aboriginal Veterans have served and continue to serve Canada with honour and distinction.
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04 NOVEMBER 2021 NEW
2022 Membership Dues – Cotisations 2022
For your information, the National Membership Service system remains locked for the payment of 2022 dues until 1 January 2022. We realize that this may cause some concern among some of you, especially those that may travel south or abroad during the winter months. Therefore, any person wanting to take care of your dues for 2022, we are proposing the following as a short-term solution:
Pour votre information, le système national de service aux membres demeure verrouillé pour le paiement des cotisations de 2022 jusqu’au 1er janvier 2022. Nous sommes conscients que cela peut inquiéter certains d’entre vous, surtout ceux qui voyagent au sud ou à l’étranger pendant les mois d’hiver. Par conséquent, toute personne qui veut s’occuper de vos cotisations pour 2022, nous proposons ce qui suit comme solution à court terme :
03 NOVEMBER 2021 NEW
Veterans’ Week Remembrance Ceremony / Cérémonie du Souvenir de la Semaine des Vétérans
Join the RCMPVA, Ottawa Division, on Saturday, November 6, for a remembrance ceremony at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood.
03 NOVEMBER 2021 NEW
I am a former member and the National Operations Manager for Forsythe Security. We have immediate need of former law-enforcement, corrections personnel for jobs in Alberta, BC and the rest of Canada.
Attached job poster refers.
This is third party information and they should reply directly to the agency in the poster.
Any questions please reach me as below
National Operations Manager (Contractor)
Forsythe Security, a division of ODS Canada
Cell: (250) 215-2231
22 OCTOBER 2021
Our Chief Advocate, Mike Duffy has now completed an update to the Advocates Guide to Health Benefits.
19 OCTOBER 2021
Annual campaign to get socks to the homeless launches in Ottawa
“Socks are one of the most requested items in shelters.”
DETAILS CLICK HERE
05 OCTOBER 2021
Medical Examination Class Action against the RCMP
This message is going out to all Division Presidents as a follow up to earlier ones describing this file.
This afternoon (5 October 2021) I had a lengthy and fruitful conversation with Ms. Yvette Gallo from the Law Firm, Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers P.G. We discussed at length, the notification letter many of our Veterans received, and in many cases, that caused a considerable amount of anxiety. Firstly, Yvette and I came to the conclusion, the notification from Dewar Communications fell far short of providing the details related to what now has become issues for many. It did not explain the legal process, how it began, and the direction it is taking. I guess it is not a requirement to do so. Without going into any lengthy explanation, I will outline some very important details that should ease everyone’s concerns:
01 OCTOBER 2021
In regards to RCMP Veterans’ Association Membership Dues for 2021.
NEW – Please note that at this time, we are encouraging and accepting payments outstanding for 2021 or earlier. We are not seeking payment for 2022 dues until the final amount is set, pending outcome of the ongoing electronic vote which closes October 11. Your cooperation in this regard is appreciated.
If you have not voted already, please do so before the 11th. Your participation is important.
If you are unsure of your Membership status, please go to https://membership.rcmpva.org/.
Click on Member Login
27 SEPTEMBER 2021
MEMBERSHIP DUES OTTAWA DIVISION 2021/2022
Dear Ottawa Division Association Members.
2021: I would like to take this opportunity to point out that there are currently some of ODVA members who have yet to pay their 2021 annual dues. If you have not already done so, I would ask that you please settle this at your earliest convenience.
Since the national website for membership is now “down” to allow for the transition to the new dues owing for next year, I would ask that payments be made in the following manner:
26 SEPTEMBER 2021
RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood
Canadian Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial and the unveiling of the Plaque dedicated to the RCMP Civilian Members since 01 April 1960.
22 SEPTEMBER 2021
|A Letter From The National President|
La version française suit
|Greetings to All By now, most, if not all of you, have been advised by your respective Presidents there is a need to increase the Association portion of your overall Fees. I will go into the details further on within this message. |
|14 SEPTEMBER 2021 |
Installation of a granite marker on the grave of NWMP #145, John Malcolm McFarland. McFarland was the great grandson of an original settler of Niagara-on-the-Lake in the 1700s
Golden Horseshoe Division
Division Golden Horseshoe
August 20th 2021
20 août 2021
|14 SEPTEMBER 2021 |
Commemorative Stemless Tumbler to honour the evolution of the RCMP
The RCMP “O” Division is holding a Century Ball on November 19th, 2021 (postponed due to COVID from December 2020) to honour the evolution of the North West Mounted Police to Royal North West Mounted Police to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
08 September 2021
Each month, Salute! newsletter provides news about:
You will also see stories about today’s Veterans, their challenges and successes, and how they contribute to their communities after leaving the military.
CLICK HERE to access on line monthly publications
24 August 2021
Reaching out to RCMP Veteran’s who have provided International Policing Services; a letter from Ottawa Division President, Wayne Jacquard ……. READ MORE
23 July 2021
Further to earlier messages from the RCMP Veterans’ Association regarding donations towards the Lytton, B.C. fires, we were all advised that the RCMPVA Foundation would prefer that all donations (Division and individual) be sent directly to Kamloops Division and not to the Foundation.
22 June 2021
VAC is updating the membership of the Minister’s Advisory Groups and we are sharing this link in the hopes that you will share it
19 JUNE 2021
Ottawa Division pays tribute to Cst. Shelly Patton, “F” Division – Killed on duty
17 JUNE 2021
Ottawa Division introduces Photo Challenge to the Ottawa Division Veterans
23 MAY 2021
Annual Commemorative Event at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood – 148th anniversary of the RCMP
Each year on this date, the anniversary of the RCMP, our division hosts an early morning vigil at the Cenotaph for Fallen Members and an historical walking tour that culminate with a prayer and wreath-laying ceremony.
Regrettably due to the Provincial Health Orders that were in effect, we were relegated to a small ceremony limited to only five attendees (including Beechwood personnel) and an abbreviated schedule to be on site READ MORE (English & French)
On behalf of the Quarterly, I am seeking the assistance of bilingual members.
Specifically, I am seeking a bilingual member(s), or their spouse, who would be willing to proofread the Quarterly magazine to ensure the English and French versions are identical. The task would entail about an hour or two of reading, four times a year.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested, please contact me at my personal email: email@example.com.
Thank You …………………………………..
Tim O’Neil, Chairperson RCMP Quarterly Board of Trustees”
1. Membership in the Ottawa Division RCMPVA is required for approval to join the group. If you are not a member of the Div your request for membership will be rejected.
9th May 2021 – RCMP Pipe Band Ottawa Perley-Rideau Virtual Concert 2021
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Pipes, Drums and Dancers of “National Division” were formed in the spring of 2000. Wearing the very distinctive RCMP tartan and the world-renowned red serge of the RCMP, the band is comprised primarily of citizen volunteers but also does include police officers and employees of the force.
06 May 2021 – Construction enhancements continue at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery
04 May 2021 – Attendance Allowance Explanation (VAC benefits)
Good day folks. Many of you will recall, this past Sunday I reached out to all of you asking if any had been denied the Veterans Affairs Canada Attendance Allowance, the reason being VAC representative incorrectly advising the RCMP (and our veterans) were not eligible for that program.
Regards to all Sandy Glenn, National President RCMP Veterans Association Veterans Helping Veterans and Their Families
One of the 500 British Columbians currently in hospital with COVID-19 is a former high-ranking RCMP officer who’s sharing his story.
Surrey Detachment – 70th Anniversary
In 2021, the Surrey RCMP will mark 70 years of service to the City of Surrey. In order to honour this important milestone, Surrey Detachment is reaching out to veterans who served at Surrey to work on a special commemorative project. We would like to put together a collection of photos and stories to show what policing was like in the days of the old
April 2020: A tragedy that shook the country – April 18, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario – Commissioner B. Lucki
A year ago, Canada went through one of its darkest moments. The largest mass shooting in Canadian history unfolded in rural Nova Scotia, leaving a trail of tragedy that will weigh heavy on the hearts of Nova Scotians, the RCMP and all Canadians for generations
On April 18 and 19, 2020, Northwestern Nova Scotia was the scene of a terrible shooting rampage that left 22 dead, including RCMP Cst. Heidi Stevenson. On the anniversary of this tragedy, the Nova Scotia Division of the RCMP Veterans’ Association has asked that RCMP veterans across Canada
On April 18th 2020, a madman began his murder spree killing 22 people. As RCMP Veterans, our sympathies continue to go out to all of the families of the victims of this horrible crime, which should never happen to anyone, anywhere. Unfortunately, this is the new reality in our society today.
Recently circulated to you was an interview of retired Supt. Garry Clement regarding the current status of the Force.
The Chief of our Public Engagement office, Steve Mills has written a review of the contents of the video which has been sent to Global Television and posted on the National website.
Dear Ms. Friesen;
Your interview with “one of the leading authorities on policing in this country” was watched with interest by many current and former members of the RCMP. Contrary to what was broadcast, the views of the guest are not widely shared by those members of the RCMP who have worked Contract Policing and particularly those who have worked Federal, International and Contract Policing. Federal and International Policing could not exist without the presence of front line intelligence throughout the country that Contract Policing provides.
Stephen Mills, S/Sgt. (Ret)
Chief of Public Engagement
RCMP Veterans Association
Presentation of a Commemorative Coin and Certificate in memory of Heidi Stevenson
I wish to share with everyone, an outstanding act of compassion and caring provided by our Victoria Division and in particular, President Rosie Bowman. We were all devastated, learning of the death of our serving sister, Heidi Stevenson, who courageously fought face to face with the infamous murderer of 22 persons in Nova Scotia last year and lost her life in doing so.
“Genesis of the Association” – Challenge Coin Click for details
The first recorded meeting of the NWMP (North-West Mounted Police) ex-members took place in Calgary on April 16th, 1886, at the town hall with twenty-four ex-members attending. This year marks the 135th anniversary of that meeting of Veterans.
The coin may be purchased for $20.