Legion #128 and CAB Form Veteran Support Alliance
The Ayer’s Cliff Canadian Legion, branch #128, holds a Poppy Campaign every year and devotes these funds to supporting local veterans and their families. The funds can be used through charitable organizations or to assist those in need, on a case by case basis, at the local level. Examples of these cases would be providing practical help in the form of wheelchairs, medical equipment, transportation, and other resources when required.
The Legion recognizes that their network is not capable of adequately identifying and providing services to some veterans who live in the region but are not members of the Legion. For this reason they have enlisted the help of CAB Rediker in an outreach program that will utilize the resources and scope of CAB to help them better identify and serve their target clientele.
On Friday, March 25, Rénald Demers of Cab Rediker and Robin Gagnon, president of Canadian Legion Branch #128 of Ayer’s Cliff, formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding that defines a new protocol outlining how Legion funds will be funneled through CAB Rediker in Stanstead to help local veterans and others in need who meet certain criteria. After the signing, CAB was awarded a cheque in the amount of $1,000, representing funds raised from the local 2010 Poppy Campaign.
The MOU includes eligibility factors and the geographical regions to be served, this in keeping with the Legions commitment to spend local funds within the area in which the money was raised. Allocation of funds will be prioritized by need and other eligibility factors. Veterans are given first priority, and CAB will administer these resources based on the guidelines provided by the Legion and submit an annual report to the Legion at year’s end.
Other Legion members present at the signing were Ernie Wintle, treasurer of Branch #128, and Susan Fletcher-Doust, 2nd Vice President, both of whom spoke about the Legion’s desire to identify a greater number of veterans who could benefit from the support system offered. Many of the local veterans contact Legion members directly when they need resources or assistance, but Mr. Wintle points out that if CAB is not aware of their need for support then the services may not be developed adequately to provide them. The first step, and one that will hopefully be achieved in the new alliance, is attaining a better grasp of the degree of assistance required in the community and a better system of prioritizing and providing efficient care to all veterans and their families.
Brig. General (ret’d) Robin Gagnon, Susan Fletcher-Doust, CAB president Rénald Demers and Ernie Wintle looked pleased about their new partnership at the MOU signing.
Brig. General (ret’d) Robin Gagnon, president of Legion Branch #128, and Rénald Demers, president of the CAB RH Rediker, signing the Memorandum of Understanding last Friday at the volunteer centre.