2019 Legion Poster/Essay Contest Winners

Branch 533 Byron-Springbank Essay / Poster Contest Winners for 2019

As part of their Youth and Education program, the Royal Canadian Legion Branches across Canada hold contests for the schools. There are literary, poster, public speaking and video competitions. Literary combines essays and poems.

The Poster/Essay contest is about Remembrance Day and held in the fall. The purpose is to educate the youth about the sacrifices that our Veterans made during war times.

There are four levels.  They are Primary, (kindergarten, grades 1-3 Poster contest only), Junior, (grades 4,5,6), Intermediate (grades 7,8,9) and Senior (grades 10,11,12). The junior, intermediate and senior levels participate in both the poster and literary competitions. 

The top three winners are presented with a cash prize from the branch and the first-place winner goes onto the London Zone A6 judging level. From there contestants can go to the District, Provincial and National Command levels

The 2019 Branch 533 Winners are:

  • Emmit Pardo: John Dearness. Grade 7. Poster. Coloured Intermediate 1st Place (Not Available for Photo)
  • Luciana Garauiio: St Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Grade 10. Poster Coloured Senior 1st Place
  • Montana McIntyre: St Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Grade 10. Poster B&W Senior 1st Place
  • Selenna Kamil: St George Catholic School Grade 1. Poster B&W Junior 1st Place
  • Andrew Massignani: Notre dame School Grade 8. Essay Intermediate 1st Place
  • Nick Petruzella: Notre Dame School Grade 8 Essay Intermediate 2nd Place (Not Available for Photo)
  • Isabella Locke Notre Dame Notre Dame School Grade 8 Essay Intermediate 3rd Place

2019 Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign

The Royal Canadian Poppy Campaign for 2019 is over and again is very successful. Through the generosity donations of residents and businesses of London West, Branch 533, Byron-Springbank Legion was able to collect just under $43,000 for our Poppy Fund. These donations stay in our community. As an example, at our General Meeting, on 27 Nov, the Branch presented a cheque for $23,800 to Sue Hardy of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, Veteran’s Care. These funds will go to purchasing a Bed Power Lift and 7 ergonomic mattresses for Veterans living in Parkwood Hospital.

Michael Beatty (Branch Poppy Chair), Sue Hardy (STJHC Foundation), John Morris (Branch President)

The Poppy Campaign is only as successful as the Branch’s Volunteers that distribute Poppy Boxes to the businesses in west London and who man the Poppy Tables at Costco and Cherryhill Mall. Also, 27 City of London Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron provided help to assemble the 800 Poppy Boxes. At or November General Meeting, we also showed our appreciation to two young volunteers who put in a lot of work for the Campaign.

Tyler Brooks helped his Grandmother Marilyn to man four Poppy table shifts at Costco and CherryHilll.

James Beatty, over three Poppy campaigns, has volunteered almost 100 hours, assisting his Dad, Michael Beatty (Branch Poppy Chair) to assemble Poppy Boxes, open boxes, count money, recycle boxes, and deposit donations.

Both Tyler and James were presented Certificates of Appreciation for all the work they have put in to help our Veterans.

To show our appreciation to the Branch Poppy Chair, our Branch President, John Morris, presented Michael Beatty with his Legion Poppy Chair Medal.

Once again our Veterans and the Byron-Springbank Legion, Branch 533, would like to thank the residents and businesses of west London for their generosity and support.