2019 REMEMBRANCE ACTIVITIES
Thank you to all who came out to our Remembrance Day service. The turnout was one of the largest in recent years. Thank you to our supporting members who assisted with the activities of Veterans Week and the Remembrance Day Ceremony. Thanks go out to all Yorkton and area businesses who supported our wreath and poppy campaign.
POSTER AND LITERARY CONTEST WINNERS
As part of our Remembrance activities each year, school students are invited to participate in poster and literary contests that best illustrate what Remembrance means to them. Categories are for poems, essays, color and black-and-white posters at primary, junior, intermediate and senior levels. Below are the latest winners. Congratulations and thank you for your participation in our Remembrance activities.
Comrade President Ken Gordon presented Seti Lavallee-Sangwais (left) her award for placing 1st in the intermediate poem category and Bailey Thompson her award for placing second in the junior poem category. Congratulations!
ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL
Comrade President Ken Gordon (left) and Comrade Howard Jones presented Kailyn Benko her award for placing second in the junior colour poster category. Congratulations Kailyn!
ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL
Pictured in the front row are Ava Boyko who placed 2nd in intermediate black and white poster category and Anthony Dubiel who placed 3rd in intermediate colour poster category. Back row are Comrade Brittany Johnson, Joshua Laskowski who placed 2nd in intermediate essay category, Mary Watling who placed 3rd in intermediate essay category, Adrian Burback who placed 1st in junior essay category, Rylan Bernauer who placed 1st in intermediate essay category and Comrade President Ken Gordon. Missing is Nikita Kitchemonia who placed 1st in intermediate black and white poster category. Congratulations and thank you for your participation!
SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL
Pictured above are Comrade Barry Whitehead, Sophie Anderson, Calina Tolentino and Comrade Peter Wyatt. Sophie placed 1st in the senior poem category at the branch level and 2nd at the zone level. Calina placed 3rd in the senior poem category at the branch level. Congratulations!
We had several other winners in various categories at MC Knoll, Columbia, Yorkton Regional, Yorkdale, Saltcoats and Churchbridge schools. Pictures are unavailable. Most of the certificates and cheques were given to the schools before they closed due to coronavirus concerns and distributed by the school staff to the students. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for participating.
STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN REMEMBRANCE ACTIVITIES
Again this year, St. Paul's School assisted us by counting poppies, putting on poppy keepers and bagging them in preparation for Tag Day and trays going out to Yorkton and area businesses. They chose to deliver the poppies to our Legion premises Friday, the 25th of October, and meet with some of our Veterans.
We are very grateful for the students participating in our Remembrance Activities in this way. Along with St. Paul's School, Columbia School and Sacred Heart High School also counted poppies, put on poppy keepers and bagged the poppies. We extend our appreciation to these students.
FIRST POPPY PINNED ON SILVER CROSS MOTHER
Tag Day 26 October, 2019 our Silver Cross Mother, Bonnie Rushowick, was presented with the first poppy in Yorkton. Above, Comrade Barry Whitehead pins the poppy on our Silver Cross Mother.
TAG DAY 26 OCTOBER 2019
Before going out with poppies.
Tag Day Luncheon
Thank you to all the army cadets, navy league cadets, air cadets and scouts and cubs who went out canvassing for poppy donations on this cold day. We appreciate your assistance.
2019 REMEMBRANCE TEA
Monday 4 November 2019, the Legion hosted the 2019 Remembrance Tea. We had the privilege of having Brittany Johnson, a new member and granddaughter of a veteran, show a slideshow and speak on her experiences visiting WWI battlefield sites. She also is assisting the Legion in cataloguing items we have in our showcases at the Legion as well as memorabilia we have in our storage unit.
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2019
OCT 1, 2018 TO SEPT 30, 2019 POPPY CAMPAIGN REPORT
Our 2018-2019 Poppy Campaign was very successful.
Wreath Donations $12,008.99
Tag Day and Poppy Donations $23,088.80
Wristband Sales $ 168.50
Of this money, we presented $16,000.00 in support of the following organizations:
The Health Foundation $ 5,000.00
Yorkton Air Cadets $ 1,000.00
Yorkton Army Cadets $ 1,000.00
Yorkton Navy League $ 1,000.00
SIGN Senior Mobility Program $ 1,000.00
Meals on Wheels - Yorkton $ 1,000.00
Leave the Streets Behind $ 1,000.00
Discovering the Power in Me $ 1,000.00
Moose Jaw Family Resource Centre $ 1,000.00
Dundurn Family Resource Centre $ 1,000.00
Aspen Bluffs Sr. Residence (Lift Purchase) $ 2,000.00
Eight bursaries in the amount of $750.00 were awarded to Yorkton Regional High School and Sacred Heart High School students at their 2019 graduation ceremonies.
A total of $855.00 was presented to Yorkton and area school students who entered the Legion's Remembrance Poster & Literary contests and placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
Veterans and Seniors were assisted by way of the installation of a handicapped washroom at the Legion premises, a walker purchased for a Veteran's widow and other assistance totaling $5,069.00.
The Legion Executive and members extend a sincere thank you to the citizens of Yorkton and surrounding area for participating in the 2018-2019 Poppy campaign making it a great success.
Lest We Forget