Reginald Benner

Qualicum Beach Legion honours members for their service, including a D-Day vet

Reginald Benner was given the French Legion of Honour medal: The NEWS honoured to receive the Royal Canadian Legion Media Award

National Volunteer Week was recognized at Qualicum Beach Legion on Sunday when the branch and its Ladies Auxiliary presented awards to deserving members during their annual joint Honours and Awards Ceremony.

The awards are presented to Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members in recognition of meritorious or outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Legion. They include medals, awards, and certificates of merit and appreciation.

Recognized this year:

French Legion of Honour Medal:  Reginald Benner (D-Day veteran).

Royal Canadian Legion Media Award: The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

Years of Service Pins:  25 years — Mike Insley, Jillean Steff, John Bryan, John Dyson, Joy Loveridge, John Robert Pert, John A.G. Templeton.  30 years — Bill Layman, Richard Paugh, Trish Hoffman, John Archer, Margaret P. Chipman, Gerry Cooke, Margaret Kolba, Marlene Oslie, Ronald K. Thompson, Donald Walduck.  35 years — Keith G. Alexander, Richard H. Bodfield, Howard George Coram, Ruth L. Fraser, Kenneth O. Loven, Ronald L. Rippon.  40 years — Ruth Allen, Brian W. Burt, Patricia Buswell, Robert Allan Diack, Peter E. Graham, Allan Richard McRae, Jerry R. Nelson, Brian Henry Thorburn, Fred Arthur Urquhart.  50 years — J. Gordon Anderson.  60 years — Victor Lacharity.

Executive Committee Awards:  Don Taylor — Past President Medal and Past Officer Medal/1st Vice President Bar; Dorothy Carney — Past Officer Medal/Secretary Bar; Christine Ross — Membership Bar; Joe MacDougall — Past Officer Medal/Service Officer Bar; Robert Stevens — Branch Service Medal; Robert Diack — 1st Vice President Bar; Walter Sweet — Past Officer Medal/2nd Vice President Bar; John Archer — Youth Bar; Jack MacLean — Honours & Awards Bar.

Certificate of Appreciation:  John Klassen, Karen Parry, Muriel Loven, Glenda Sweet.

Certificate of Merit:  John Strait, Donna Woodcock.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Malcolm MacKenzie.

Life Membership Award: Christine Ross, John Humphrey, George Sawa, James Blanchard.

Ladies Auxiliary members recognized:

Years of Service Pins:  5 years — Tracey Hart, Susan Porter. 10 years —  Val Fordham. 15 years — Janet Atkins, Faye Galloway, Mary Ritzen, Gladys Webb. 20 years — Muriel Knapp. 25 years — Evelynne Stegmeier.

Certificate of Appreciation: Janet Atkins, Val Fordham, Linda Stratton.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Diane Oatey.

Life Membership Award: Janet Hunter, Dorothy Carney.

— NEWS Staff/ Qualicum Beach Legion news release

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