53rd Dominion Convention, Aug 7-10, 2016 Winnipeg, MB

Veterans and members from coast to coast will soon be descending upon Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend the 53rd Biennial Dominion Convention of The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS). We look forward to once again welcoming or delegates and special guests to the special city of Winnipeg where the 1st Dominion Convention was held after the Association was officially incorporated under a Special Act of Parliament in 1917. The official business of the convention will take place from Sunday, 7 August to Wednesday, 10 August, 2016. Please find below some pertinent accommodation and travel information and come back to check for more information as it becomes available.


Hotel Accommodations for the Delta Winnipeg Hotel can be booked online by clicking the below link:

Book your group rate for ANAVETS 2016 Convention

Their toll free reservations department is also available to accept any reservations at 1-888-311-4990. Please note that deadline for the convention rate is 4 July, 2016

Please note that the cancellation policy now requires guests to finalize details of their travel 24 hours prior to the arrival date of their reservation. Cancellation fee of one night and applicable taxes may be applied to credit card used to guarantee reservations cancelled after this deadline.

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Prince Albert, SK ANAVETS Unit 222 Celebrates 80 years

Prince Albert ANAVETS Unit 222 was chartered in 1934. Our first president was W.J. Dobson, an employee with the C.N.R.

Throughout the years we as an Unit have strived to maintain a strong community involvement. We are proud to serve our community and country. For our 80th year celebration we have invited our community to take part. Our secretary manager, Holly Chow and entertainment officer, Sid Burns have been hard at work planning many festivities.
We have invited the Prince Albert Farmer’s Market to sell their produce and baking. There will be entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, beer garden, door prizes, food venues and raffles. The public has been invited to come out to display their crafts and baking etc.
Our clubroom will be open for the community, with information on what we are all about, how great we feel about volunteering, helping seniors, visit nursing homes and much more. Our celebration took place at our club on June 28, 29 and 30th.

Caption: Introducing our current executive:
Front row from left. Second Vice – Richard Fulton, First Vice – Sid Burns, President – Dave Fidler, Third Vice – Marion Lee
Back row from left. Stan Jenkins, Darlene Michel, Floyd Bartsch, Mike Stranquist, Audrey McInnis, Glen Stieb, Joyce Fidler and Darnella Petruniak

Orillia Unit 400 – National Day of Honour Celebration

Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada Unit 400 Orillia invited local Veterans to dinner May 9th to commemorate the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. They came from their homes, nursing homes; some from work in the community and at Base Borden.

The National Day of Honour was also celebrated in Ottawa and across Canada to mark the end of the 12 year engagement which over 40,000 members of our Canadian Forces participated. Canada’s mission in Afghanistan focussed on safeguarding the Afghan people from extremist insurgents and providing education, medical and economic assistance. This freedom came at a great price. 158 brave Canadian men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice. Over 2,000 of our members were wounded.

Unit 400 President Jack Gillard, his Executive, and President of the Women’s Auxiliary Barbara Allen, were at the head table along with current Member of Parliament for Simcoe North Mr. Bruce Stanton and his wife Heather. The guests of Honour were our Veterans: Afghanistan, WWII, Korea, former Peace Keepers, United Nations Emergency Force
as well as Southeast Asia (Vietnam). They stood together in reverence and appreciation for those who served and the fallen. Neither to be forgotten.

“This day we are honouring our young veterans on their return from their final deployment in Afghanistan. With their return, we also remember our past veterans who have assembled here to honour them” Jack Gillard said as he welcomed everyone. In his final address, Jack thanked our volunteers “for bringing together our past and future freedom providers.”

Mr. Stanton conveyed the position of the Government of Canada who has committed to commemorate the sacrifices provided by our Canadian Armed Forces by Royal Proclamation declaring May 9, 2014 a “National Day of Honour”. Mr. Stanton stated he was proud to be a part of the day of Honour and after dinner he shared many conversations and stories with the Veterans.

A wonderful dinner was prepared and served by ANAF Women’s Auxiliary and Unit Volunteers who interacted and chatted with the Veterans. The meal was a great success. There was laughter, camaraderie and reflective thought on the closing of yet another engaged conflict for Canada.

Barbara Allen, Women’s Auxiliary President, read aloud two poems written by WWII Army Veteran Charles Warrall in which he expressed insightful and perceptive thoughts on war. Afghanistan Veteran and ANAF Unit 400 member Corporal. Kyle Giffen was asked to stand and be acknowledged for his contribution and also for the contribution of his fellow servicemen and women who served in the Canadian Afghanistan Campaign.

“What it boils down to, is that we live in one of the most free countries in the world. For the most part our land has been unscathed by war and the reason for that is YOU” Barbara Allen voiced, “Webster never invented a word that can express our gratitude so we are left with a simple but heartfelt THANK YOU”

Reta Keeler
ANAF Unit 400 Orillia

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ANAVETS – Shoulder to Shoulder Magazine

To make it possible for businesses to participate in ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder we offer advertising in our Annual Digital Publication. The Shoulder to Shoulder editorial will feature historical perspectives as well as articles on today’s contemporary military.

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Demand Change to the New Veterans Charter

The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada is supporting the Royal Canadian Legion’s letter campaign concerning with the response tabled by Government on 1 October 2014 to the 14 recommendations listed in the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA). We have all been advocating for improvements since the inception of the New Veterans Charter to improve care and benefits for our injured Veterans and their families, however the Government has made diminutive improvements and we need them to act NOW.


ANAVETS is asking on all of our members, their families, friends and all Canadians who care about our Veterans, to send a letter prepared by ANAVETS to their Member of Parliament demanding the Government to act now to improve the New Veterans Charter.

Join ANAVETS Letter Writing Campaign and email or mail the letter below to your Member of Parliament.

Please share and encourage others to join Veterans Associations’ in this campaign. Together, we will stand for Veterans and demand they get the care they deserve.

Instructions for Letter Writing Campaign

Thank you for supporting ANAVETS, as we join the Royal Canadian Legion’s Letter Writing Campaign to express our concerns about the Government’s response to recommendations for improving the New Veterans Charter. Our members, and all Canadians who care about our Veterans and their families, can send a letter prepared by ANAVETS to their Member of Parliament calling on the Government to take immediate action to make the priority improvements to the New Veterans Charter. The lives of our Veterans and their families need to be a priority issue for the Government of Canada.  Please share this request widely with your friends and family, together we can make a difference.


You can send the letter using THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Select your Member of Parliament using your postal code, visit
    (this search will also provide the email address of your MP)
  2. Open your email program and fill in the email address of your Member of Parliament. Also copy and paste into CC: ( stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca; julian.fantino@parl.gc.ca; rob.nicholson@parl.gc.ca; Joe.Oliver@parl.gc.ca; tony.clement@parl.gc.ca )
  3. Copy and paste the text ‘ Call to Action to Improve the New Veterans Charter ‘ into the Subject Line of your email.
  4. Copy and paste the text of the letter below into the body of the email.
  5. Fill in the Name of your MP in the address block at the top of the letter, the date, and your name and address at the bottom of the letter.
  6. Send.

[ Name of Member of Parliament ]
House of Commons Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6

Dear Ministers:

The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS) is seriously concerned with the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA).

ANAVETS, alongside the Royal Canadian Legion and other Veterans Organizations as well as the Veterans Ombudsman have long advocated that the New Veterans Charter requires some major priority adjustments.  Upon its implementation in 2005, Veterans Organizations were promised that the New Veterans Charter would be a “living charter”, easily adjusted as we found the shortfalls in both legislation and interpretation.  Unfortunately Veterans waited five long years until the first changes were made under Bill C55.  The Government’s response to the committee report on 1 October however is without clear definition on their proposed actions or timelines.  Furthermore, with statements such as, “The more complex recommendations require further interdepartmental work, budgetary analysis, and coordination with a wide range of federal departments, as well as with the Veterans Ombudsman and Veterans’ groups.” The Government is clearly delaying the implementation of recommendations that have the greatest financial impact on Veterans and their families.  The Veterans Ombudsman, Veterans Groups and previous Veterans Affairs Advisory Groups have advocated these priority issues for years.  No further study, nor are delays required.  What is required is immediate action by the Government to address the most serious shortcomings of the New Veterans Charter.

ANAVETS is very disappointed that our three priority issues, as well as further recommendations have been relegated to Phase Two of the announcement, to which no clear timeline has been indicated.  The Government of Canada continues to delay these items with the repeated phrase, “further due diligence is required.”  As each day passes Veterans and their families in need of assistance will continue to be adversely affected by this Government’s inaction.

As a signatory member of the Veterans Consultation Assembly, ANAVETS made representation to the Minister of Veterans Affairs outlining the collective sense of what is needed to be done immediately to assist Veterans and their families.  Letters outlining the collective top three priority issues of this group were sent to the Minister of Veterans Affairs on 8 May 2013, 15 Nov. 2013 and again on 20 Aug 2014.

Those priorities were:

  1. The Earning Loss Benefit (ELB) must be improved to provide 100% of pre-release income, continue for life and include increases for projected career earnings for a Canadian Armed Forces member;
  2. The maximum disability award must be increased consistent with what is provided to injured civilian workers who received general damages in law court; and
  3. The current inequity with regards to ELB for Class A and Class B (less than 180 days) Reservists for service attributed injuries must cease.

The latest letter of 20 Aug 2014 called upon the government to review the following issues in addition to the above:

  1. The unduly restrictive application of the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) provisions of the New Veterans Charter,  unreasonably constrains the number of disabled veterans who are able to qualify for appropriate levels of entitlement for this important allowance;
  2. The Exceptional Incapacity Allowance (EIA) concept founded under the Pension Act should be incorporated in the New Veterans Charter. This allowance has traditionally addressed the impact of the disabilities suffered by 100% veteran pensioners with reference to their difficulty to cope with their overall capacity. The introduction of EIA to the New Veterans Charter would augment the limitations of the Permanent Impairment Allowance, particularly in the circumstance where a seriously disabled veteran confronts the ravages of age;
  3. In order to recognize the care giving requirements that many disabled Veterans confront to cope with their incapacities, the Attendance Allowance provisions of the Pension Act should be added to the New Veterans Charter in recognition of the financial costs faced by many families in this context; and
  4. The New Veterans Charter should acknowledge that Veterans with dependents should receive a higher level of compensation either through the augmentation of the Lump Sum Disability Award or an increase in Earnings Loss Benefit for such veterans and their families.


Our concerns remain valid, yet unanswered. The Government continues to say that these recommendations require further study and analysis.  I ask, what has the Government and the department been doing for the past eight years if they haven’t already been analyzing these serious concerns from the Veterans community, their own Advisory Committees’ and the Veterans Ombudsman?  The time for action is now.  These recommendations need to be incorporated into the 2015 budget, passed and the recommendations implemented prior an election writ being dropped.  Our Veterans and their families cannot wait, they need support now.

As per our motto, ANAVETS will continue to work “Shoulder to Shoulder” with all Veterans Organizations and groups to bring these issues to our members and the general public.

Yours truly,