Judge Daniel F. Foley Scholarship Recipients

The 2023-2024 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Julie Jean-Smith, daughter of Isabelle Jean Member-at-Large from Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

The 2022-2023 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Michael Raposo, son of Dan Raposo of Alexander of Tunis Unit #2 in Calgary, Alberta.

The 2021-2022 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Racheal Barrett, daughter of Robert “Joe” Barrett of Citadel Unit #373 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The 2020-2021 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Tanisha Nickel, daughter of Ted Nickel of Brandon Unit #10 in Manitoba.

The 2019-2020 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Hope Manness, granddaughter of Gord Kent of Assiniboia Unit #283 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The 2018-2019 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Carrie Ann Harris, daughter of Nancy Harris of Martello Unit #377 in Kingston, Ontario.

The 2017-2018 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Maude Vandenberg, granddaughter of Joseph Richard Felix a Member-at-Large from Brampton, Ontario.

The 2016-2017 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Greg Lee, grandson of Monty Lee of Pacific Unit #280 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 2015-2016 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Hannah Krueger, granddaughter of A. Gordon Criggar of Assiniboia Unit #283 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The 2014-2015 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Joseph McCarthy, son of Rhodna McCarthy and grandson of Diane MacDonald both of New Waterford Unit #217 in Nova Scotia.


 2013-Cassandra Anderton

The 2013-2014 Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship Recipient was Cassandra Anderton, daughter of Phil Anderton of St. Mary’s Unit #265 in Ontario.

 Cassandra grew up in St. Mary’s and even at her young age has been actively involved in Veterans Associations being elected 5th Vice President of the St. Mary’s Unit 265 in 2012 and also as a member of Branch 344 of the Legion.  She is thankful of her families influence in her involvement in Veterans Associations saying, “I have been so fortunate to converse with many Veterans and hear their stories.  I grew up with a strong understanding of the sacrifices that have been made for our country’s freedom.”  Cassandra graduated on the honour roll and as an Ontario Scholar from St. Mary’s DCVI and is currently studying at the University of Western Ontario majoring in Voice at the Faculty of Music.

2012-Tessa C. McLaughlin

At the 2012 Dominion Convention, Jake Comer, President of ANAVICUS and the man who created and championed the creation of the Foley Memorial Scholarship was on hand to draw this year’s recipient.  Tessa C. McLaughlin, whose grandfather, John McLaughlin is a member of Vernon Unit #5 was the lucky recipient of the $1500.00 USD scholarship.  Tessa is currently studying as a third-year Biology major at the University of Victoria. She is particularly interested in animal biology and hopes to be accepted to medical school after graduating.

She has worked as Day Captain- Youth Health Care Volunteer during her high school years, and volunteered in the Emergency Room at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.   She has also worked as the summer arts program coordinator/teacher for the Vernon Community Arts Centre children’s art camps and most recently as the arts programmer for Easter Seals camp for children with disabilities.

In her free time she love hiking, running and skiing as well as reading, painting and play her cello (She used to play in the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan).   We wish Tessa much success in her future studies and hopes that the Foley Scholarship eases the financial burden of attaining her goals.


2011 – Victoria “Brandy” Hartley

ANAVETS is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 Daniel F. Foley Memorial scholarship recipient, Victoria ‘Brandy’ Hartley, granddaughter of Citadel Unit #373 member, Cecil Paris. Brandy is in the science program at Mount Saint Vincent where she is currently in her second year of majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. Mount Saint Vincent is a small university just outside of downtown Halifax where eighty percent of the students are female.

Brandy is planning on completing a master’s degree as well, after her undergraduate degree, though she is not sure which specialty she wishes to complete nor what profession she eventually wants after university.

Victoria states, “I want to thank The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada and ANAVICUS for granting me a scholarship that will help me complete my studies”

Pictured: Lawrence Sinclair, President of Nova Scotia Command along with Citadel \Unit #373 president, Ted Symonds present Victoria Hartley with her cheque and plaque on behalf of Dominion President, Neil McKinnon and ANAVICUS President, Jake Comer.

2010 – Nathan Anderson

We are please to congratulate the 2010-2011 recipient of the Foley Memorial Scholarship, Nathan Anderson the proud grandson of the late Bud Swinn of Rockwood Unit #303.

Nathan spent a year at university and then as he didn’t feel that he knew exactly what he wanted to do in life he decided to take a year off and travel to Australia. After many wonderful adventures including white-water rafting, camping, scuba diving, and sailing, he discovered my passion for adventure and the outdoors.

He returned to Canada and is now attending the Outdoor Adventure Program offered by Algonquin College. The program is two years long, and provides extensive hands on training as well as academic classes. Along with the physical skills, the program offers an excellent leadership and business component.

Says Nathan on his grandfather, “My grandfather, William Edmund “Bud” Swinn, was heavily involved with Rockwood ANAVETS Unit #303, serving in several executive positions. My grandfather was a great man, and my personal hero. I have his Commission from King George the Sixth hanging on my bedroom wall.

During my visits, he would tell me about his war experiences, cook me amazing food (which my mother always credited to his years in the service) and teach me how to play crib. I am proud of his service record, and proud of his accomplishments. I miss him greatly.

I am extremely grateful to ANAVETS for awarding me the Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship, which will assist me in pursuing my educational aspirations.”

Pictured: Tom Peresluka, President of Rockwood Unit #303 along with Dominion Vice President, Ron Smith present Nathan Anderson with his scholarship cheque.

2009 – Adam Raikes

The 2009-2010 academic year recipient of the Judge Daniel F. Foley scholarship is Adam Raikes of London, Ontario. Adam is the grandson of London Unit #393 member, the late Kenneth Campbell.

Adam is currently registered in the History Program at King’s University College. He is planning on majoring in Political Science and History. He has not decided on a specific career path but would like to see himself participating in politics where he can help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Pictured is Scholarship recipient Adam Raikes receiving his scholarship from Ontario Provincial President R.R. (Bob) Cassels)

2008 – Casey Barnett


Pictured from left: Presenting the Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship, Jim Eaton, President of Saskatoon unit #38, Casey Barnett and Saskatoon Command Vice President, Charlie Smith.


2007 – Christopher Searl

It is with immense pleasure that we announce that the first recipient of the Judge Daniel F. Foley Memorial Scholarship for the year 2007 was Christopher Searl of Eastern Passage, NS. Chris is currently attending his first year of studies at Kings College in Halifax, NS and has aspirations of becoming a sports journalist.

Chris is the son of Stuart Searl, Petty Officer 1st Class with the Canadian Navy and Lillian (Missy) Searl and he is the grandson to Citadel Unit #373 President, Ted Symonds.

Chris states that, “Being so deeply attracted to the local and international news and sports, I have gained a high level of understanding well beyond my years. I look forward to being a great journalist, and author of enlightening works in the near future.”

In the memory of our dear Comrade Judge Daniel F. Foley, the Dominion President, executive and all the members of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada are proud to congratulate this wonderful young Canadian on all of his accomplishments and are happy that we are able to help him in his quest to fulfill his dreams.

“I feel very privileged that people have faith and trust in me by offering me these amazing educational gifts,” states Searl.