History-making: Past Royal Canadian Legion Dominion president on Remembrance Day

A woman looks up at a stone wall in a promotional poster for the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.
Mary Ann Misfeldt, from Terrace, BC, was the first female president of the Dominion Command branch in the early 2000s. Photo courtesy of legion.ca
Pamela Haasen - CICK - SmithersBC | 10-11-2021

All across Canada, Nov. 11 is a day of reflection for family members, communities and survivors of wars.

But, on the other 364 days of the year, there is a place that holds tradition and respect for veterans: the Royal Canadian Legion.

In November 1925, the Canadian Legion was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League. The Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League was incorporated by a special Act of Parliament the following year. The Legion grew steadily through the 1930s and then expanded rapidly following the Second World War. In 1960, Queen Elizabeth II granted The Legion royal patronage and it became The Royal Canadian Legion.

The Legion has held a history of respect, order, and above all, care services and mandates to aid Canadian veterans of many wars.

The Legion is a not-for-profit organization that employs many hired staff as well as a number of volunteer positions to organize meetings, coordinate town-halls and create policies to offer mental health programs, financial assistance, and recreational programs to re-acclimatize war veterans back into society.

One of the highest ranking positions in the Legion's staff positions is the Legion Dominion President.

The year 2004 marked a historical time for the Legion when they members elected their first female president: Mary Ann Misfeldt from Terrace, BC.

Mary Ann was a LAW (Leading Air Woman) in the Air Force Police during the early 1960s. She served her time during peace time, for which she is "extremely lucky", but strived during her time as Dominion President to protect the services and well-being of war-time veterans.

Listen to CICK New's interview with Mary Ann Misfeldt below: