Photo left: Kenora Great War Project volunteers Becky Johnson, right: Judy Stockham and a Parks Technician at Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.
The Kenora Great War Project originated with Becky Johnson who was deeply interested in researching her family history and her ancestor’s military service. In January 2012 she reached out to people she knew in her community, this included Judy Stockham, in order to research and write stories about all those listed on the Kenora Cenotaph.
Originally there was a great deal of participation in launching the project, however in the last few years it has only been Becky and Judy. In 2016, funds were made available through the government as well as the Lake of the Wood Museum to launch the website www.kenoragreatwarproject.ca. The site has a vast resource of information, pictures and includes 1850 compelling stories.
Becky says “Working on the Kenora Great War Project has been fascinating, rewarding and a huge learning experience.”
Judy is a retired school teacher, and alongside her husband they have photographed grave markers in various cemeteries in the area, including two thirds of the military section of Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg and they have posted their hard work on findgraves.com.
Since 2015, there have been 104 military markers installed in association with this project. The Last Post Fund would like to thank Becky Johnson and Judy Stockham for their devotion and hard work in researching and locating these Veterans unmarked graves.
Edward Fitch - Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers - Congratulations! Major-General Edward Fitch (Retired) has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. This medal is part of the Canadian Honours System and is administered by the Office of the Governor General. Eligibility & Criteria Any person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible to receive this award. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism. Nominations are researched, then reviewed by an advisory committee, which then makes recommdations to the Governor General. The selection process, which may take up to one year, is non-partisan and merit-based. Presentation ceremonies are held throughout the year, in communities across Canada. Ed, Congratulations on this prestigious award! Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment to helping veterans and their families.
The Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program ensures that eligible Veterans receive dignified funeral and burial services. The Program is administered by the Last Post Fund, a non-profit organization that has served Veterans since 1909. The Last Post Fund’s operations are based in three cities: Halifax, Montreal and Toronto. The National office is located in Montreal. The Last Post Fund is supported financially by Veterans Affairs Canada and by private donations.
The Last Post Fund has been helping Veterans since 1909. Arthur Douglas Hair was founder of the Last Post Fund in 1909. One of Hair's military brothers, James Daly, died without family or the means to have a proper funeral. Hair was "outraged by the callous disregard for the deceased man's past military service". Hair wrote a letter to The Montreal Gazette and went on a mission to ensure that the military dead "no matter what their lot in life, were worthy of more reverential treatment".