KOREA VETERANS ASSOCIATION 
OF CANADA INC

L'ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES VÉTÉRANS DE LA CORÉE

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HISTORY OF KVA

21 years after the cease-fire in Korea, a group of Korean War veterans got together and formed a reunion committee which later developed into the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. By the end of their first year in 1974 the association had recruited 77 members; by 1978 another 430. As the years passed and more and more Korea veterans reached retirement, creating extra leisure time, membership peaked—over 4,000 members in 60-odd branches (units) across Canada. With the attrition of illness and death memberships as well as active units are now dwindling.

Unlike organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion and peacekeeping associations, KVA cannot recruit younger veterans to maintain its numbers. To extend the life of KVA to its utmost, the General John M. Rockingham Memorial--Heritage Unit #1 was formed. When units no longer have enough members to function, membership is available in the Heritage Unit for a one-time fee. It will continue to exist as long as even only one member remains to maintain the tradition.

KVA Canada is a founding member of the International Federation of Korean War Veterans’ Associations and a member of the National Council of Veterans’ Associations in Canada. KVA successfully lobbied the Federal Government for the "Korea" service button and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea. It organizes revisits to the Republic of Korea, hosted by the Korean Veterans Association of Seoul. In 1997, the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance was dedicated in Brampton, Ontario. To assist the youth of our country, a KVA National Student Bursary program has been established.

KVA membership is open to anyone who served in Korea or Korean waters in the armed forces of a UN member country (including the Republic of Korea) between June 1950 and December 31, 1955. Members of ancillary units such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Merchant Navy that served UN Forces during the same time period are also eligible for membership. 

 

PRESIDENTS

1974-79 Clyde Bougie, CD
1974-79 Clyde Bougie, CD
1979-80 Sheridan (Pat) Patterson, MMM, CD
1981-82 Albert (Lou) Plummer, CD (deceased)
1983-84 John Clarke, MC, CD (deceased)
1985-88 Rev. J. W. (Bill) McCarthy, CM, CD (deceased)
1989-90 Don Randall, CD (deceased)
1991-92 Don B. (Sam) Urquhart, CD(deceased)
1993-94 A. Gordon Ramsay (deceased)
1995-96 Henri St. Laurent, CD
1997-98 Don Flieger, CD (deceased)
1999-00 Gordon J. H. Strathy, CD
2001-02 Ken Blampied, (deceased)
2003-04 Dave Davidson, CD
2005-06 Les Peate, CD
2007-10 Terry Wickens
2011-12 John Bishop, CD
2013-2014 Doug Finney
2015-2016 Peter Seiersen
2017-2018 Bill Campbell

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KVA BRANCHES (UNITS) IN CANADA


CITY OR AREA

UNIT # 

CITY OR AREA

UNIT # 



ATLANTIC *


PRAIRIE *

 

   
BATHHURST 42*
CALGARY 54*

HALIFAX 45*

MONCTON

43*

CALGARY

72*



EDMONTON 21*

   







REDCLIFF-MEDICINE HAT

64









RED DEER 67*



REGINA 62

QUEBEC *




SASKATOON 46

WINNIPEG 17*

EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

32





MONTREAL 20*





QUEBEC 22





ROSEMOUNT 55* PACIFIC *






COURTENAY
39




FRASER VALLEY
24


ONTARIO *







KELOWNA 50*





MAPLE RIDGE
69

CAMBRIDGE 13


MID-ISLAND









NORTH VANCOUVER
49


HAMILTON

26* 

OKANAGAN
37


KAWARTHA LAKES 71*




KINGSTON 12 VICTORIA
27




KITCHENER-WATERLOO 52







LONDON 4*





NIAGARA REGION 15*





















OSHAWA 11*







OTTAWA 7





PETAWAWA 38*




















   






SCARBOROUGH 59*
















WINDSOR 29*





   





   




















                  * Units with own web page.     

Disbanded KVA Units

 





Unit

Location

Unit

Location


2
Stratford
51
Fort Erie

3

Owen Sound

53*

Lethbridge

5

Toronto
56 Cape Breton
6
Barrie
57 Mississauga
8* Peterborough
56 Sydney
9
Brighton
58* North Bay

10

Edson

60

Wasaga Beach

14
Vancouver



16
Hamilton (Original)
63
Prince George

18

Hull

65
Sussex

19* Sudbury



25
Toronto
66
Nepean

28

 

Cornwall

 

68
PEI

30 
Thunder Bay
70
Newfoundland

31
Sault Ste Marie
73* Elliott Lake

33
Cobourg
74
St. Johns

34
Cobalt
75
Mount Pearl

35

 

Drumheller

 

76
Winnipeg
36

 

East Kootenay

 

 

 


40

Port Alberni




41

 

Trois Rivieres

 




44
Kamloops



47

 

Richmond

 




48

 

Mainland N.S.

 




 

 


 

 


 

 





            

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