Legion Honours and Awards

By Bradford Times Staff

Bradford Branch 521 of the Royal Canadian Legion held its Honours & Awards afternoon, September 18, to recognize years of service, thank members of the community who have contributed to the Legion, and honour those whose dedication to the Branch has gone “above and beyond.”

Hons. & Awards Chair Mandi Turner and co-chair Donna Turner awarded the following:

Ordinary Members: 5 Year Pins – Percy Knight, Tracy McConkey, Fraser McConkey, 10 Year Pin – Greg Snow, 15 Year Pin – Paul Mordaunt; 35 Year Pins – Dennis Roughley, William Copeland.

Associate Members: 5 Year Pins – Linda Gulston, Dave Hammond, Susan Hunter, Rita Maule, Dave Minnema, Mandi Turner; 10 Year Pin – Sean Griffin; 15 Year Pin – John Maynard; 20 Year Pin – James Richardson; 35 Year Pins – Brent Barham, Vicki Casey, Tom Rutledge, Bob Serran, Paul Webster; 40 Year Pins – Davis Stevens, Allan Moffat.

Affiliate Voting Members – 5 Years – Sam Neilly, Matthew Walker.

Executive members receiving their pins, bars and branch medals were Ruth Brooks (President's Pin), Frank Brooks (Sports Bar), Tammy Paglia (PR bar), Donna Turner (1st Vice Pres. bar), Nicole Therieult (Executive Bar, Branch medal), Ron Harmer (Executive Bar, Branch Medal, Veteran Affairs), Bonnie Walker (Executive Bar, Branch Medal, Membership), and Matt Walker (Executive Bar, Branch Medal).

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Jose Duarte, Karlos Building Supplies, Ivan Leblanc, Rick Clelland, Steyn's Garden Centre, Joe's Garden Centre, Bill Roberts and Norm Longridge.

There Medals of Service, for Bill Roberts, Mike Giovanetti, and Rita Maule, for her years of dedication to the gardens at the Legion.

Three special presentations took place. The Award for Legionnaire of the Year went to Tammy Paglia, who has served on Membership, Accounting, Public Relations and Entertainment committees. Life Memberships were presented to Frank Brooks (33 year member; at the Bradford Branch since 2010), and Donna Turner (35 years; with Bradford since 1989).

Mandi Turner noted that nominees for Life Memberships must have a minimum of 10 years as a member, a citation of their accomplishments and contributions, and approval from the Branch, Zone and Dominion levels. Brooks and Turner were approved unanimously.

Coming up:

Newfie Hoedown. The Downeast Girls are bringing another Newfie night to the Bradford Legion, on Saturday, September 24 – featuring dinner of BBQ Ribs, potato salad, some wild game, baked beans, salad, buns and dessert at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing to music by Common Ground, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, available from Alice, 905-775-6245 or Dianne, at 705-424-9378.

Calling all Darts-lovers! The Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Night Darts Leagues have started for the season at the Bradford Legion, 115 Back St. Drop by the Legion on any night in question at 7:30 p.m. to learn more, meet congenial darts players, and sign up for League play. Sign-up is ongoing.

Friday Night Social. Every Friday at 6 p.m., drop by the Bradford Legion, 115 Back St. in Bradford, for a meal, at a reasonable price, followed by entertainment. The first Friday of the month features Karaoke with Bob Serran, at 8 p.m. - no cover charge. The 3rd Friday is Pub Night – on October 21, with a '70s theme!

The Legion is here for Canada's Vets. There is support available for veterans and their spouses, whether at home, or in a nursing home or care facility. You don't have to be a Legion member to ask for assistance. Contact Veteran Services Officer Ron Harmer at 705-775-4919. For more information on events, programs and membership in the Legion or the Ladies Auxiliary, or hall rentals, call Branch 521 at 905-775-5025.