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Legion - Alberta-NWT Command
Hands holding poppy

2021 Poppy Campaign

The 2021 Poppy Campaign is fast approaching.  Order forms and information have been sent to all branches.  Please remember that this is one of the most important things that we, as Legion Members, do.  Approach your branch to see if you can volunteer to help support our Veterans directly. 

Our Poppy, the symbol of Remembrance is 100 years old! Let’s make this our best campaign yet!

Presenting Tom Eagle's military decorations

Muriel Eagle, Comrade Tammy Roberts - Branch 164 President

Sgt Tom Eagle's Military Decorations Presented to Branch 164, in Yellowknife

On June 21, 2021, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Mrs. Muriel Eagle, wife of the Late Sergeant Thomas Norbert Eagle presented his military decorations to Comrade Tammy Roberts, President, Vincent Massey Branch 164, in Yellowknife.

 Sgt (Ret) Tom Eagle, was born in Ohskaning Indian Reserve (Skowan) Manitoba on June 6, 1932. Tom enlisted in the army in 1951 at age 19, serving as a Rifleman in Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (QOR of C) in the hopes of going to Korea. However Tom and his family were posted to Fort McLeod in Germany, as a member of the new NATO peacekeeping force. Within six months Tom was promoted to Corporal and later while serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, he was promoted to Sergeant. Tom’s postings in Canada included Victoria, Winnipeg and Yellowknife.

 Tom married Margaret Muriel Strynadka from Goodfish Lake Indian Reserve (Whitefish Lake First Nation). Muriel’s mother is Dora Bull, was from Goodfish Lake, her Father, Nick Strynadka was from nearby Vilna, Alberta. Tom and Muriel raised 5 children; Bertha, Eleanor, Brian, Margaret and Raymond. Muriel retired from Canada Post after a 30 year career.

 The Eagles were posted to Yellowknife in 1971 and Tom was responsible for establishing cadet corps in the NWT and Yukon. Due to his success he was asked to volunteer with the Army Cadet League of Canada, serving as President in 2007 and was appointed lifetime member of the Cadet League of Canada. Tom retired after 25 years of service.

 Tom was active in indigenous and community organizations; including Manitoba Metis Federation, National Indian Brotherhood, Native Council of Canada, the Friendship Center Movement, Royal Canadian Legion and Tree of Peace Friendship Centre in which the community hall bears his name. Tom was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his advocacy work for Veterans in the NWT and the renaming of a Yellowknife street to “Veterans Memorial Drive”.

 Tom and Muriel were married for 54 years when Tom passed away on September 29, 2009. Muriel has continued Tom’s legacy of service by continuing to support the Queen’s Own Rifles Regimental Trust and felt it only fitting that Tom’s decorations should be displayed with his uniform at the Vincent Massey Branch 164, in Yellowknife.

Sgt. Tom Eagle's decorations

Sergeant Tom Eagle's Uniform and medals on display

Presenting Tom Eagle's military decorations

Comrade Tammy Roberts- Branch 164 President, Doreen Ouellette - Ladies Auxiliary President, Muriel Eagle, MWO (Ret)Floyd Powder - Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones, Captain Kevin Sheedy QOR of C

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Joint Cheque Presentations

These are photos of joint cheque presentations from the High River Branch and Okotoks Branch to 2 local organizations.from the Poppy Trust Fund.

The first is donations made in March to the High River District Health Care Foundation for the purchase of a lift tub enabling staff to provide better and safer care for patients.

Cheque presentation 1

(L-R) Bob MacLeod, Nancy Tonn, Cathy Couey, Fred Stegmeier, Bob Collins

The second photo shows the donations made in June to the Foothills Country Hospice for patient room track lifts systems.

Cheque presentation 2

(L-R) Linda Reed, Bob Collins, Dawn Elliott, Nancy Tonn, Bob MacLeod

Both of these donations will make significant impacts in our region ensuring veterans can receive the best services possible in their local community and ensure their caregivers have safe, modern equipment to provide that care.

BRANCH UPDATES

Ponoka Branch

Here is what is going on here at the Ponoka branch:

  • Open Wednesdays 10-4 with the Farmers Market 10-1
  • Saturday 2-6 with Meat Draw at 4:30 and Chase the Ace at 4:45
  • Monthly Foot Care Clinic w/ The Foot Care Nurse
  • Quarterly Blood Donor Clinic
  • Community events with FCSS including Volunteers Week Drive in Movie and Seniors Week Roarin 20's dinner
  • Also a huge thank you to Cilantro and Chive Lacombe who partnered with Jamil Rawji of Ponoka Professional Pharmacy in choosing us for their Burger of the Month campaign. Full media release can be found on our Facebook page.

Edmonton Ex-Service Women's Branch #215

Welcome back to all -  We've made it through a very difficult period in time.  It is now time to move forward with caution.  The Edmonton Ex-service Women's Branch #215 will commence operations with their first meeting on September 18, 2021 at Parkdale/Cromdale Community Hall located at 11335 - 85 street, Edmonton, at 1 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Branch #215 wishes to also recognize some milestone birthdays that happened when we were not together: Carol Mills, Joan Larson, Sharon Wiebe, Marie Yuil, Patricia Wang, Lois Croken, Marie Moorehead, Sharman Langevin, Sheila McDonald, Susan Hunter, Ramona Haines, Lorette O'Toole and Lynette MacKay - HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY with wishes for more to come.

At present Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy will be scheduled for during the Poppy campaign.

Thanks to all for your continued support.  I look forward to seeing many of you in person in September.  Have a great summer.

Trudy Ressler, President

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