On Monday June 4th 2018, Lieutenant-Colonel Raymond Mikkola, CD (Retired) was appointed as the National President of the Last Post Fund. LCol Mikkola will serve a two year term, replacing Rear-Admiral Barry Keeler, CD (Retired) who now occupies the role of Past President of the Executive committee. LCol Mikkola has been a member of the Ontario branch of the Last Post Fund for 23 years. He is a partner and head of the corporate commercial division at Pallett Valo LLP law firm, in Mississauga. On behalf of the staff and membership of the Last Post Fund, we wish to congratulate LCol Mikkola on his new role and we look forward to serving Canadian veterans and their families under his leadership.
It is with great honour that the Last Post Fund was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association’s Outstanding Service Award. The award was presented on Friday, June 1st 2018, by Tim Sparling, CD, Vice President of the CPVA.
The CPVA was founded in 1991 and is a national, traditional, all Veteran, all volunteer, not-for-profit, apolitical, democratically and constitutionally based organization with Chapters from St.John's Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. The Association's Mission Statement is: "To be a strong and leading advocate for all Veterans and to provide a forum of comradeship for Veterans". As it is open to all Veterans, the CPVA's membership includes the entire spectrum of WW 2, Korean War, Peacekeeping, NATO, Balkan and Afghanistan campaigns, RCMP, civilian police and other Veterans, and international members.
Amongst the reasons cited by Mr. Sparling for bestowing this award on the Last Post Fund were the importance of the service the Fund delivers to Veterans and their families and also, the remarkable dedication with which the Fund has delivered the program, for nearly 110 years.
The Last Post Fund’s Annual commemorative ceremony at the National Field of Honour was held on Sunday, June 3rd 2018. This year, the Guest of honour was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Mrs. Sherry Romanado. The Last Post Fund would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the event.
His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Honourary Patron of the Last Post Fund in Saskatchewan.
The 22nd lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan was sworn in on March 21st 2018.
It is a pleasure to announce that Mr. Edouard (Ed) Pahud, CPA, CA assumed the position of Last Post Fund Executive Director on 3 January 2018. Ed brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Fund and is poised to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial for lack of financial resources. The Last Post Fund is fortunate to have a person of his exceptional calibre join the team.
The Last Post Fund has always remained true to its mission since its creation in Montreal by Arthur Hair in 1909. The Fund has provided financial benefits to more than 150,000 Veterans in need and their families.
“Remember the Veteran”
Rear-Admiral Barry Keeler, CD (Retired)
National President, Last Post Fund
Click here for the official press release in PDF format
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
During the Board meeting of the Ontario Branch of the Last Post Fund, Monday November 20th, at the Royal Military Institute of Toronto, representatives of the Toronto Don Valley Freemason Lodge presented a donation of 19,000$. For a year, the Lodge has been raising funds to support the National Field of Honour, as well as other Last Post Fund commemoration projects. The Toronto Don Valley Lodge also announced that they will continue to support the Last Post Fund, in the future. This gesture of great generosity is highly appreciated.
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Victoria, BC, April 3, 2017 – Alistair Vigier appeared in BC Business’s 30 under 30 in the April magazine. Vigier worked for the Department of National Defence from 2007-2014 and was shot while on operation in 2009. After being medically released and recovering, Vigier started his career in marketing and sales with The Commissionaires.
In 2014 Vigier joined the Last Post Fund as a board member of the British Columbia office.
“I wanted to give back to the community and The Last Post Fund was something that was close to my heart. Throughout my medical release, I met a lot of veterans who were injured in Afghanistan or in other parts of the world,” said Vigier.
The Last Post Fund is a non-profit organization that has existed since 1909. The Last Post Fund raises funds for veterans who were honourably discharged and have fallen on hard times. It is the goal of The Last Post Fund to make sure that every Canadian veteran can afford a funeral.
The Last Post Fund wants to raise awareness of the fund, as many families of veterans do not know that the fund exists. If you know of a veteran who recently deceased, please contact the Last Post Fund. Toll Free 1 800 465-7113
In the case of a Veteran with a spouse or dependent children (or both), the combined assets of the couple are considered, excluding the following:
• A base amount of $36, 310 (raised from $12,015 on October 1st 2016)
• $700 per dependent child
• The family house and vehicle
• Income received during the month of death
On top of Vigier's volunteer work with the Last Post Fund, Vigier works in Investor Relations for HART Legal. HART Legal now has sixteen law firms throughout North America.
You can learn more about Vigier by viewing the BC BUSINESS article here: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/30-under-30-winner-Alistair-Vigier
The Veterans Ombudsman, in consultation with the Veterans Ombudsman's Advisory Council (VOAC), awards the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation, in recognition of the efforts of these individuals and groups. The intent of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation is to recognize and honour the exceptional dedication, hard-work and selfless motivation of an individual or group's contribution to Canada's Veterans and their families.
This year, Lieutenant-General Louis Cuppens, C.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d) has been commended in the Lifetime contribution category. Lieutenant General Cuppens is a Past President of the Last Post Fund and continues to be an active member.
The Last Post Fund annual Commemorative Ceremonies took
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th in Montreal.
The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, was the Guest of Honour.
The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and
RAdm Barry Keeler (retired), President of the Last Post Fund
The Last Post Funds Annual Commemorative Ceremonies took place on Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th.
On Saturday June 3rd, a ceremony honouring the memory of sailors took place by the historical Clock Tower in Old Montreal. Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, Deputy Commander or the Royal Canadian Navy was a gracious guest of Honour and spoke highly of HMCS Donnaconna, who provided precious assistance to flood victims in recent weeks.
On Sunday morning, a small group gathered to pay respects at the Field of Honour of Mount-Royal cemetery, before the larger ceremony in the West later that day in Pointe-Clare.
The Ceremony at the National Field of Honour was a great success. The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, was the Guest of Honour for the occasion.
The Last Post Fund would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Commemorative Ceremonies and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Arthur Hair, founder of the Last Post Fund
THE YEAR IN BRIEF
A few statistics from 2016-2017
Funeral and Burial Program
The Last Post Fund approved 1,151 applications for grants (of which 60 for Allied Veterans), compared to 1,175 the previous year. Total payments reached $7,693,639.
462 Modern-Day Veterans receiving a disability compensation qualified for funeral and burial assistance through means-testing in accordance with the Veterans Burial Regulations. Veterans Affairs provided $551,007 for the delivery of 555 markers through the Program.
Unmarked Grave Program
During the year, 314 markers were installed. Total cost for Veterans Affairs Canada: $483,249. Since the inception of the Program in 1996, the graves of more than 4,500 Veterans have been identified and properly marked across the country. Total expenditure: $3.5M.
National Field of Honour
178 burials were conducted at the Field of Honour. Since 1930, the year of its inauguration, 22,031 burials have taken place at this unique military cemetery.
All Veterans have become eligible for the Funeral and Burial Program administered by the Fund on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada. Donation funds are used exclusively to support activities that complement the Funeral and Burial Program. The Last Post Fund received $160,086.36$ in charity donations in 2016-2017.