Front And Centre

September 1, 2012 by Legion Magazine

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Gordon Moore. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Gordon Moore.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

DOMINION PRESIDENT GORDON MOORE,
59, a life member of the Elmira, Ont., Branch, served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He has over 27 years’ Legion service, was first elected to the branch executive in 1986 and became president of Ontario Command in 2005. He has served on Dominion Executive Council since 1999 and has been a member of many national committees, including public relations, The Royal Canadian Legion governance commission, veterans, services and seniors, membership, as well as chairman of poppy and remembrance. Moore continues to serve as a member on the veterans consultation group committee, as well as vice-chairman of finance/budget, investment, staff pension, and as chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL), veterans, services and seniors, dominion convention, and focus on the future. This past summer, Moore was appointed vice-chairman of the Canvet Publications Board of Directors.

He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. Moore spent 32 years in sales and marketing and his interests include gardening and golf. He and his wife Kathy have a daughter, Dawn Melinda, and two grandsons, Drew and Reed. He lives in Waterloo, Ont., and enjoys spending free time with his grandsons.

Tom Eagles. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Tom Eagles.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

FIRST VICE TOM EAGLES,

55, is a life member of Marble Arch Branch in his hometown of Plaster Rock, N.B. During his 36 years with the Legion he has served as branch president, district commander and provincial command president.

At the national level Eagles joined Dominion Executive Council in 2003 and has served as a member of the constitution and laws and finance/budget and was chairman of poppy and remembrance. Currently he is a member of RCEL, finance/budget, dominion convention, veterans consultation group and focus on the future, and vice-chairman of veterans, services and seniors and chairman of outreach and community relations. This summer he was appointed chairman of the Canvet Board of Directors.

He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. For 34 years, he worked in the Public Works and Recreation Department of the municipality of Plaster Rock, volunteered as president of Plaster Rock’s Minor Hockey League and spent five years on the Tobique Valley Manor Board of Directors. His hobbies include hockey, baseball and golf. He and his wife Cheryl Giberson have four children, Ryan, Daniel, Brook and Brett.

Dave Flannigan. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Dave Flannigan.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

VICE-PRESIDENT DAVE FLANNIGAN,

56, is life member of Labrador City Branch with 37 years service. He is a past district commander and in 2007 succeeded through the ranks to become Newfoundland and Labrador Command president. He has served on Dominion Executive Council since 2007 as well as a member of poppy and remembrance, finance/budget and as the chairman of sports. Currently he is a member of finance/budget and focus on the future and chairman of poppy and remembrance.

He retired from the Iron Ore Co. of Canada in 2004 with 29 years’ service, and owned and operated his own business, Tool Maintenance Plus from 2004-07. Flannigan has worked for five years as a sales manager at Hercules SLR Inc. in Labrador City. He chaired the Legion hospital telethon committee, and still sits as a member. His primary interest is Legion work. He holds branch service and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals.

Together, he and his wife, Vera, have six children, Mitchell, Tanya, Dale, Dean, Dwayne and Danny.

Ed Pigeau. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Ed Pigeau.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

VICE-PRESIDENT ED PIGEAU,

56, is a life member of the Thessalon, Ont., Branch. He has over 31 years’ Legion service, was first elected to the branch executive in 1982 and was acclaimed president of Ontario Command in 2009. He served on Dominion Executive Council for eight years and has been a member of many national committees, including veterans, service and seniors, poppy and remembrance, sports, and focus on the future. He continues to serve as a member on the finance/budget and focus on the future committees, as well as chairman of sports and training and development.

Pigeau is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. He owns Quality Building and Renovations, and enjoys woodworking, gardening and photography, and is an active member and past master of the Masonic Lodge. He and his wife Judy live in Thessalon.

Peter Piper. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Peter Piper.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

VICE-PRESIDENT PETER PIPER,

64, is an associate member of Stoughton-Tecumseh Branch in Stoughton, Sask. He has served extensively at the branch level, including district commander and became president of Saskatchewan Command in 2009. At the national level he has served as a member of poppy and remembrance and is currently a member of finance/budget, focus on the future and chairman of membership.

He has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, and Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He retired after 30 years at the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and is now running his cattle ranch. He is chairman of Border International Field Trails and the Stoughton Housing Authority and was president of the Stoughton Curling Club.

Piper enjoys sports. He and his wife Leona have three children, Christopher, Dione and Cheryle.

Mike Cook. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Mike Cook.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

TREASURER MIKE COOK,

70, is a life member of Cloverdale Branch, Surrey, B.C. He has been involved with the Legion for over 50 years, and served as branch president, zone commander and provincial president of British Columbia/Yukon Command and has 17 years of continuous service on Dominion Executive Council. Cook has been elected to a seventh consecutive term as dominion treasurer. He has served on national committees for 22 years, including the 60th anniversary committee in 1985, constitution and laws, leadership and development, and ways and means and has been reappointed as a member of focus on the future and chairman of finance/budget, investment, and staff pension.

He is recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Palm Leaf and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. Cook is past-president of the Cloverdale Board of Trade and past-chairman of Parks and Recreation, Surrey, B.C. In 2002, he retired as a distributor for Shell Canada Ltd. and enjoys golfing in his spare time. He and his wife Judith have two children, Michael and Paralee, and they enjoy playing with their two grandchildren.

Thomas Irvine. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Thomas Irvine.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

CHAIRMAN THOMAS IRVINE,

57, is a member of Hemmingford, Que., Branch. He has held many offices in his 24 years with the Legion, including two years as president of Ormstown, Que., Branch, provincial vice-chairman, vice-president and three terms of provincial chairman. He served for 23 years with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, including active duty in Egypt with the United Nations Emergency Force.

At the national level he has been elected to his fifth consecutive term as dominion chairman and served on national committees, including leadership development and youth, poppy and remembrance, membership, sports, constitution and laws, finance/budget and dominion convention. He is currently appointed to membership, constitution and laws finance/budget, dominion convention and focus on the future.

Irvine is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. In 2004, he retired from TD Canada Trust and enjoys volunteering as a Free Mason and is a member of the Black Watch Veterans Association in Montreal. His hobbies include biking, darts and public speaking. He and his wife Paulette have four children, Jennifer, Wanda, Tom and Tim and three grandchildren.

Pat Varga. [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Pat Varga.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT PAT VARGA,

is a life member of the Coleville, Sask., Branch and a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1997, she became a member of the Dominion Executive Council and served on many committees, including public relations, youth, leadership and development, veterans, service and seniors, poppy and remembrance and the veterans consultation group and was vice-chairman of finance/budget, investment and staff pensions and was the chair of veterans, services and seniors, sports, RCEL, dominion convention and focus on the future. Currently she is a member of focus on the future, training and development, commemorations, vice-chairman of membership and RCEL. She is also a long-term care surveyor.

Varga is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Palm Leaf, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. Five years ago, she retired from her career as director of administration at Carlton Trail Regional College, but continues to work as a consultant. Her interests include gardening, camping, reading, golfing and making teddy bears.

She and Lorne have three daughters, Lee, Melody and Kacie, and four granddaughters.

Larry Murray.  [PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY]

Larry Murray.
PHOTO: PATRICK RILEY

GRAND PRESIDENT LARRY MURRAY,

65, is an ordinary member of Dominion Branch. In 1997, he retired as acting chief of the defence staff, after serving 33 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Forces. Shortly thereafter he was appointed associate deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and in 1999, deputy minister of Veterans Affairs Canada. In 2003, Murray was appointed deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, a position from which he retired in 2007.

Murray has served as a member of the Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as the first chairman of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Committee. He is currently an external member of the National Defence Audit Committee, chair of the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Forum and past-president of the Nova Scotia Mainland Division of the Navy League of Canada. At the national level he has served on veterans, services and seniors, as ex-officio of defence and security, chairman of the veteran`s consultation group, and facilitator of focus on the future and he continues to serve on those committees.

His many awards include Commander of the Order of Military Merit, member of the Order of St-John of Jerusalem, the Vimy Award from the Conference of Canadian Defence Associations, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. He has served in the honorary position of Colonel Commandant of the Chaplain Branch of the Canadian Forces.

Murray enjoys his family time with his wife Claudia Buckley, their six children and five grandchildren. He also stays active with sea kayaking, gardening and jogging.

 

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