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2 Apr 2016

At the annual Poster & Literary awards night, April 1st at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 412, a standing room only crowd was on hand to receive their awards and support the winners.

Twenty-one schools participated this year, and there were a total of 339 entries. One hundred and one Branch level winners were awarded their certificate and a cheque for their efforts. Several students had their work go on to be successful at Zone, then District levels, and Phoebe Zhang had the 2nd-place win at the Provincial level.

Thanks to all of the students who submitted entries, and of course to the teachers who promoted the contest within their school.

Also at this event, the 2015 Major Community donations were presented -

  • Susan Dusick, VP St.Mary's General Hospital Foundation, accepted $15.000 towards new ICU beds
  • Tracey Bailey, President and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation, was given $15,000 for ICU beds, and $5,000 towards a Wandering monitor system at Freeport
  • Sue Hardy, manager, Volunteer/Donor Relations, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, was also on hand to receive $15,500 towards the wish list at Parkwood Veteran's Institute (Patient celing lift, weigh scale, height adjustable table,etc.)

Poppy Fund Administrator Cathy McIntyre presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Bonnie Illebrun, for her many years of hard work organising the annual mail-out campaign.

Chairman Jim Meyer announced the following donations already presented -

  • $34,711.73 to Legion Branch 530 for accessibility modifications for Veterans and Families
  • $2,500 each to the four local Cadet Squadrons for their invaluable assistance with the Poppy Campaign
  • $12,500 disbursed amongst the Provincial Command Poppy Fund (Veterans Service Officer Programme), Provincial Command/LA Bursary Programme, and Provincial Command Homeless Veterans Fund
  • $2,500 to V.E.T.S. Canada (Veterans Emergency Transition Services)
  • $5,000 to the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, in support of their ground-breaking resaerch into PTSD

Total "major donations" from the 2015 Campaign were $114,866.73.

Donations of this magnitude were only possible due to the generosity of the good people of Kitchener and Waterloo, and we thank you sincerely.


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