TO THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL COMMAND LADIES' AUXILIARY
The Legion was founded in November 1925 in Winnipeg and chartered in July 1926 by special Act of Parliament. However, veteran's welfare and assistance had been carried on since 1916. During the 1914-1918 war years as wounded veterans returned home, women were asked to help with their recovery by visiting hospitals, sending parcels to the hospitalized and to needy families. These ladies served the veterans and their dependants. Thus, our Ladies' Auxiliary unofficially became a reality! Ontario Command have 292 Auxiliaries with 13,731 members.
Ladies' Auxiliary Objective
The members of the Ladies' Auxiliary shall be available to assist the Branch in its activities. As the individual Branches are the most important element in the structure of the Royal Canadian Legion, thus the Ladies' Auxiliary becomes a very integral part of the work of the Legion at all levels.
Becoming an Auxiliary member can be a very rewarding experience. Our Auxiliaries goals are important to us, and so are our members! They ensure that activities are planned for you to enjoy as well. It is recognized that not everyone wants to or can give the same time commitment to the Auxiliary, but we are grateful for whatever time you can spare to assist with the work of this great national organization.
Legion and Auxiliary Major Programs
The Ladies' Auxiliary has many fund raising activities throughout the year, and funds raised locally are given to assist the local Legion Branches, health facilities and programs, school activities, and Bursaries. Also, sponsorship of Cadets, Girl Guides, and Brownies, as well as other charitable organizations. In many communities LEGION HOUSING has been built and is being maintained by the local Branches with assistance from the Ladies' Auxiliary in many cases. The Auxiliaries annually support local and Provincial Youth sports activities. During the year ending on May 31, 2009 we donated back into the community over $461,515.00. In a one year period, we have donated $166,483.00 to look after our veterans and have donated to our Branches $1,782.537.00.
Bursary assistance is available for students attending a post secondary institution. The amount of $500.00 are given each year. During the year ending on May 31, 2013, we have donated $142,994.50 to this program.
Membership is open to any woman of good character and is 19 years of age and over; and Supports the aims and objectives of the Legion. Complete the application provided [Ladies' Auxiliary Membership Application] and bring it to your nearest Legion Branch.
Ladies' Auxiliary Sports Activities
The Auxiliaries enjoy friendly competition within our Command such as Cribbage, Darts (Single, Doubles & Teams) & Euchre Tournaments.