At the helm

November 15, 2018 by Legion Magazine

DOMINION PRESIDENT Thomas Irvine, 63, served for 23 years with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, including active duty in Egypt with the United Nations Emergency Force. He has spent 30 years serving the Legion and is currently a life member of Hemmingford, Que., Branch. Irvine rose through the ranks to provincial vice-chairman, vice-president and three terms as provincial chairman. In August, he was appointed vice-chairman of the Canvet Publications Ltd. Board of Directors.

For 10 years, Irvine served as dominion chairman and 16 years on national committees, including chairman of membership and outreach, and served on the constitution and laws, finance/budget, dominion convention, focus on the future, leadership development and youth, poppy and remembrance, and sports committees. He is currently chairman of the veterans, service and seniors, Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL), and dominion convention committees, vice-chairman of the going forward and finance committees (pay, budget, investment and pension), and he serves on the veterans consultation committee.

He retired from TD Canada Trust in 2004, is a member of the Freemason’s Harmony Lodge No. 131 Grand Registry of Quebec and is a seven-time past master of Argyle-Elgin Lodge No. 7. Irvine is a member of Montreal’s Black Watch Veterans Association and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His hobbies include walking and public speaking. He and his wife Paulette have four children, Jennifer, Wanda, Tom and Tim, and four grandchildren.

FIRST VICE Bruce Julian, 66, has 41 years of Legion service and is a life member of the Beachville, Ont., Branch. He has served in the 3rd and 4th battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment and at every level of the Legion, rising to president of Ontario Command in 2013. At the national level, he has served on Dominion Executive Council, as chairman of the public relations committee and as a member of the poppy and remembrance, public relations, and veterans, service and seniors committees, and as zone representative for Western U.S. Zone. He is currently chairman of the membership and going forward committees, vice-chairman of the veterans, service and seniors committee, and serves on dominion convention, RCEL, veterans consultation, and finance (pay and budget) committees. He is also chairman of Canvet.

Julian is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal and Fire Services Long Service Medal, awarded by the federal and provincial governments respectively. Julian farms for a living and enjoys travelling, fishing, reading and time with his family. He and his wife Darlene have two children, Jaclyn and Joseph, and three grandchildren, Brandon, Megan and Ella.

VICE-PRESIDENT Owen Parkhouse, 54, has served the Legion for 19 years and is an ordinary member of Morell, P.E.I., Branch. He has served at the branch level, rising to vice-president of PrinceEdward Island Command in 2017 and is the P.E.I. representative for the operational stress injury special section. At the national level, he is chairman of the public relations committee, serves on the budget committee and is zone representative for Eastern U.S. Zone.

He served 25 years in the Canadian Forces, was the deputy chair of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, and is a director with the Last Post Fund and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Parkhouse has many activities and interests. He and his wife have a daughter.

VICE-PRESIDENT Angus Stanfield, 72, has 26 years of Legion service. He is a life member of the Sooke, B.C., Branch and was first elected to the branch executive in 1995 and became president in 2001. Twelve years later, he was elected president of British Columbia/Yukon Command and began serving at the national level on the Dominion Executive Council. He was chairman of the sports committee, vice-chairman of the poppy and remembrance committee, a member of the finance/budget committees, and zone representative for the Eastern U.S. Zone. He now serves as chairman of the poppy and remembrance committee, is a member of the budget committee, and is zone representative for Europe Zone.

Stanfield was an electrical contractor for 49 years and is chairman and treasurer of the housing society that operates Cockrell House. He was a former pipe major and founder of the Sooke Pipe Band. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and the District of Sooke Volunteer Award. He has two children, Cameron (Olivia) and Carley (Matt) and three grandchildren, Chasen, Travis and Cierra.

VICE-PRESIDENT Brian Weaver, 70, has 45 years of Legion service and is an associate member of the Capt. Brien Branch in Essex, Ont. He has served at every level of the Legion, rising to president of Ontario Command in 2015. At the national level, he has served on Dominion Executive Council and as a member of the veterans, service and seniors committee. He is currently chairman of the sports committee, a member of the budgetcommittee and a zone representative of Western U.S. Zone.

Weaver is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. After 34.5 years, Weaver retired in 2003 from Daimler Chrysler Corporation. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and darts. He and his partner of 31 years, Debra Gill, have five children, Kenny (deceased), Lisa, Jeff, Kelly and Erin, and five grandchildren.

TREASURER Mark Barham, 60, is a life member of North Calgary Branch. He has been active with the Legion for 43 years and risen through the ranks to become treasurer of Alberta-Northwest Territories Command. Currently, Barham serves at the national level on Dominion Executive Council and this is his third term as chairman of the finance committees, including pay, budget, investment and pension.

He is a director of the Whitney Victoria Barham Foundation. He retired after selling his interest in a restaurant chain. Barham enjoys fishing, hunting, hockey and writing.

CHAIRMAN Bill Chafe, 60, is a life member with 40 years in the Legion. He served with the First Hussars Reserve Regiment and is currently a member of Sarnia, Ont., Branch. Chafe has risen through the ranks to become Dominion Command chairman and has served on the veterans, service and seniors committee. He is currently serving his second term at the national level as a member of the constitution and laws, budget, and dominion convention committees.

He works with CIMS Limited Partnership and in his spare time enjoys all things Legion, travelling and sports. Chafe is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and Palm Leaf, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He and his wife Laurie have two children, Sharon and Bill, and seven grandchildren.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Dave Flannigan, 62, was born in the small fishing town of Lawn, N.L., and has served the Legion for 43 years. He is a life member of Labrador City, N.L., Branch. He was district commander in 2001 and has held every branch office, including president of Newfoundland and Labrador Command in 2007. That year, he joined Dominion Executive Council and was a member of the finance/budget and focus on the future committees and was chairman of the veterans, service and seniors, RCEL, dominion convention, sports, and poppy and remembrance committees. He has also served as co-chairman of the membership and outreach committees, vice-chairman of the pay, finance/budget, investment and staff pension committees, and a member of the veterans consultation committee. Currently, he is vice-chairman of the sports and RCEL committees and is a member of the pay and budget finance committees.

In 2004, after 29 years, Flannigan retired from the Iron Ore Company of Canada and for the next three years owned and operated Tool Maintenance Plus. He also spent five years as a sales manager at Hercules SLR Inc. in Labrador City, N.L. He sat on the Legion hospital telethon committee, and he enjoys sports. Flannigan has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. He and his wife Vera have six children, Mitchell, Tanya, Dale, Dean, Dwayne and Danny, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

GRAND PRESIDENT Larry Murray, 71, retired in 1997 after 33 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and as acting chief of the defence staff with the Canadian Forces. He joined Fisheries and Oceans that year and was appointed associate deputy minister. In 1999, he moved to Veterans Affairs Canada, where he served as deputy minister. He subsequently served as deputy minister with Fisheries and Oceans from 2003 to 2007.

At the Legion’s national level, he has served as chairman of the veterans consultation committee and facilitator of the focus on the future and defence and security committees. Currently, he is chairman of the veterans consultation committee, continues as ex-officio of the veterans, service and seniors committee, and is a member of the going forward committee.

He is the former 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. He was the first chairman of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Committee, an external member of the National Defence Audit Committee and honorary Colonel Commandant of the Chaplain Branch of the Canadian Forces. At present, he is chair of the Independent Review Panel on Defence Acquisition.

Murray’s awards include Member of the Order of Canada, Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Member of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, NATO Special Services medal, Vimy Award from the Conference of Canadian Defence Associations, Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation, Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He and his wife Claudia Buckley have six children and enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, kayaking, gardening, jogging and reading

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