Mark your calendar now for the Celebration of Life for our late District E Commander Dave McQuaker on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Branch 356 Sutton from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This date would have been Comrade Dave’s 80th birthday. Come out and pay tribute to Comrade Dave for his many years of service to the RCL.
Oro-Medonte resident Jim Tallifer has received the Veteram Ombudsman Award for Lifetime Achievement for jis tears of dedication in helping hundreds of Canadian veterans. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony n December 16th.
"It's really not something I would have expected because I do it from the heart," said Taillefer.
The retired veteran spent over 20 years in active overseas service and supported the British Royal family as a private security member for international royal visits.
Following his European work, Taillefer returned home to Simcoe County, where he began supporting veterans.
"I will help with anything, whether it be a homeless veteran or a veteran who needs medical equipment or medication or a veteran who needs help filing out paperwork which is huge," he said.
His generosity caught the attention of friends, who nominated Taillefer for the award.
"There are a number of people that could have been nominated, but nobody to the extent of Fern. He's done so much for so many and asks for nothing in return, but things like this are his just reward," said Bob George, National VP Canadian Association Of Veterans In United Nations Peacekeeping.
While Taillefer works with veterans on an individual level, he has also helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through his partnerships with multiple organizations.
"I am the president of the Peacekeeping Association Central Ontario chapter. I am the first VP of the legion, and I am also a veteran service officer of the legion and the parade marshal for the legion," said Taillefer.
While Taillefer said he is grateful for the honour, he noted his work helping veterans is far from over.
Jim hopes to continue supporting veterans for decades to come and to inspire younger generations to do the same.
The unveiling of the new Mactier Cenotaph on November 27th, 2019 was a wonderful event despite the rain.
Seven members from Orangeville Legion Branch 233 attended and were honoured to participate in the dedication of the impressive monument to the men and women of Mactier who were in the wars and those who lost their lives in the service of their country.
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