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It is an honour and privilege to join my fellow delegates and guests, for the District ‘A’ Spring Convention here in Grand Bend.
Comrades, I humbly solicit your support as I run for the important position of your District ‘A’ Deputy Commander.

For the past 10 years I have served as your Bylaws and Resolutions chairman working closely with the last five District Commanders. In this role I wrote the District ‘A’ Policies and Procedures, which will continue to make our District strong into the future.

I am one of the original Branch Financial Advisors for the District, and have assisted several executive committees to keep their branches successful.

I served as Zone A-1 Commander, currently hold the positions of Chairman, Bylaws & Resolutions and Parade Marshal. As Parade Marshal had the honour and privilege of leading special events such as the 2014 Dominion Eight-Ball Tournament, 2017 Memorial Cup, 2017 & 2018 District ‘A’ Track & Field, and 2017 Ontario Provincial Track & Field, when hosted in Zone A-1.

An Ordinary member of Branch 364 prior to receiving my Life Membership, I have been a Legion member for 40 years. Having held the position of President for 8 terms, chaired all standing committees, I currently hold the position of treasurer, and a couple of standing committee chairs.

Serving the community for the past 25 years for the Town of LaSalle Council, as chairman

of the Cenotaph & Remembrance committee, no one will ever forget our Veterans.

It is my belief that with the experience and knowledge I have accumulated over the years,

I can assist in the future challenges and opportunities facing our District which will inevitably change our District. Together we will work towards continued improvements to make our District strong, our Branches successful, and in turn the Legion will prosper.

I ask for your support in electing me your District ‘A’ Deputy Commander.

Yours in comradeship

Ed. McDowell


Comrades, Head Table, Guests; My name is Robert N White and I am standing for the position of District Chairman. I have been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 50 years. I have held most positions at Branch level including President 8 times. My Branch does not have a Chairman so I ran all of the meeting as President. I have been Deputy Zone Commander

3 times, Zone Commander 4 times. Zone A-7 does not have a Chair so as Commander I ran the meetings. I have been Zone Chairs of Poppy, Service Officer, Charitable Foundation,

Sgt. At Arms and Resolutions and Bylaws Chair.

Comrades my name is Caroline Mayo and I will be letting my name stand for Deputy District Commander at our District A Spring convention in April. I have been very involved with the Legion since I became a member of the Port Stanley Branch 410 in 2002.

Over the years I have enjoyed visiting Parkwood on a regular basis. I have been to many Octoberfest, Summer Carnivals and Spring Fling along with the rest of District A. I also help every year with the Strawberry Socials, and the delivery of the Christmas gifts that Zone A7 puts on for the Veterans at Parkwood.

I was the President of Branch 410 from 2004 to 2007 and again in 2008 to 2009.

An amazing group of volunteers and executive members and I helped our Legion to become financially stable. I have also served our branch by taking on roles as their 2nd VP, Honours and Awards, Youth Education, Veterans Services and secretary which I currently do now.
I became involved with Zone A7 in 2009 by taking on roles such as Leadership Development, Honour and Awards, Sports, Bursary, secretary, Deputy Zone Commander, Zone Commander and I have been the LAC Chair for 3 District Conventions.

I became involved in District A in 2011 as our Leadership Development Chair. I went on

to be the Membership Chair over the past 4 years. While being involved with the District

I have presented many seminars and have sat on other committees including Long Term Planning Committee, and the BFA Committee.

Last summer I volunteered for the Legion Track and Field. I helped at the District meet in June and the Provincial meet in July. I was also fortunate to be a chaperone at the National Meet in Brandon Manitoba. I was honoured when our Provincial Track and Field Chair John Crook recently asked me to be the Head Chaperone for Team Ontario at the National Meet in August. I look forward to volunteering with our Track and Field program.

Today I am here to ask for your support, I believe I would be a great asset to your District Council as your next Deputy District Commander.

Yours in Comradeship Caroline Mayo


I have also held the District Chairs of Poppy and Veterans Services and am a serving member of the Tri District Hospital Committee. I served as a member of Bluewater chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. I was their President / Chairman and the first Canadian Vietnam Veteran to be a voting delegate for the State of Michigan at the national Convention in Chicago. I was the Vice President of a multinational charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada. I was Vice President due to my position as President /Chairman of the Guillian Barre Syndrome suport group of Canada. I have been Chairman and board member of several not for profit Boards of Directors including the West Elgin Community Health Center, Heritage Home Seniors Complex and Beattie Haven Retirement Community. I am currently the Chairman of the Heritage Homes Building Committee.

I served 12 years as Economic Development Chairman, Vice President and President /Chairman of the West Elgin Chamber of Commerce. I am a graduate of The University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Philosophy. I served in both the Royal Canadian Navy and The United States Navy. I am a Combat Veteran and was a front line fire fighter until disabled. I have lived and do know what it is like to be in a wheelchair, to be disabled and to struggle with Post Traumatic Stress. I would like to use the life lessons I have learned to serve our Veterans and you the Comrades of Royal Canadian Legion.

To all of those who have been nominated and who choose to serve Thank you.