Veterans of Canadian and Allied Navies and Merchant Marine
Vancouver Naval Veterans Association
c/o Executive Secretary
2275 Latimer Ave.
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Tel President: 604-946-0936
Email: President (at vnva.ca or contact form)
Tel Membership: 604-937-0482
Email: Secretary (at vnva.ca or contact form)
The Vancouver Naval Veterans Association (VNVA) is made up of of serving and retired members of the Royal Canadian Navy, members of allied navies, and members of Canadian and Allied Merchant Mariners.
Our organization is primarily social, and open to any current or previous serving member of the above-noted units.
We publish a regular newsletter called "The Seabag". You can also read it online here.
The Association meets monthly usually on the first Sunday of the month at HMCS Discovery - Stanley Park in the Chief & POs Mess from September to June. Check our events calendar to confirm our meeting dates and special events.
President's Message 2017
Hello Shipmates, I wish you all a healthy, successful 2017. Wow, 2016 went by rather quickly. There it was gone!
This year in addition to our normal functions i.e. Battle of the Atlantic, we have Canada’s 150 birthday this year. I’m expecting HMCS Discovery, and us, to be involved in “Keys to the City” and Open Houses at Discovery. So please be prepared for extra events.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention poor attendance at our regular meetings. Please support your organization.
At the time I’m writing this we have very cold weather, snow, Ice and very slippery conditions out there. So please be careful when you go outdoors.
I hope to see you at our next meeting.
At our Annual General Meeting Apr. 3, you elected by acclimation the President (Me) , Treasurer Real Lussier, Executive Secretary Doreen Staines, Membership Chairman Jim Staines, SeaBag Editor Ken Lewis; new First Vice President Ian Follis, Public Relations Chairperson Tom Dunn, Social Services Rich Scheller and Master at Arms Andrew Mulkani. Larrie Forbes continues at the other Vice President position. John More has taken over the Regalia position with great vigour. Plus we have the Entertainment chair position still available .
I want to thank George Davidge for the years he has performed the Master at Arms duties to the fullest extent and beyond. And also Mathew McBride for the many position he held.
I thank all the current and new executive for their support of their positions and me and you. Without their efforts and time put into our association we would not exist.
I ask you to please come to our Battle of the Atlantic parade and service. We need as many shipmates out as can march in the parade – just a short few blocks from the North Vancouver Sea Bus terminal area to the Sailor’s Monument by the BCIT Marine Training facilities. Our Colour Party and the Vancouver Naval Veterans Band will be leading. But please come out if you can’t march in the parade, seating will be available. The marching contingent, Colour Party and VNV Band will fall in at 1000 Hrs. in the passage way off Chesterfield Street by the Sea bus terminal.
On another topic, we, the VNVA, are part of the Metro Vancouver Naval Monument Society, I’m your Director, we are starting fund raising for this important statue that commemorates the Naval shipbuilding industry in Metro Vancouver. We will offer charitable receipts for any donations. Special recognition will be made for large donations.
As you know, I keep harping on YOUR attendance at our regular meetings. It is very discouraging for YOUR Executive when less than 20 Shipmates turn up. Please support YOUR VNVA by attending our meetings and functions if you can.
I hope to see you all 1 May, 2016 Battle of the Atlantic Service and next meeting 5 June.
Bob Juulsen, Pres.