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
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

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KVA BRANCHES (UNITS) IN CANADA


CITY OR AREA

UNIT # 

CITY OR AREA

UNIT # 

ATLANTIC *

PRAIRIE *

 
  
BATHHURST42*
CALGARY54*
HALIFAX45*

MONCTON

43*

CALGARY

72*

EDMONTON21*
  
LETHBRIDGE
REDCLIFF-MEDICINE HAT

64

RED DEER67*
REGINA62

QUEBEC *

SASKATOON46
WINNIPEG17*

EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

32
WINNIPEG
76
MONTREAL20*
QUEBEC22
ROSEMOUNT55* PACIFIC *
COURTENAY
39
FRASER VALLEY
24

ONTARIO *

KAMLOOPS
44
KELOWNA50*
BRIGHTON9
MAPLE RIDGE69
CAMBRIDGE13
MID-ISLAND
ELLIOTT LAKE73*
NORTH VANCOUVER
49
HAMILTON

26* 

OKANAGAN
37
KAWARTHA LAKES71*VANCOUVER
14
KINGSTON12VICTORIA
27
KITCHENER-WATERLOO52
LONDON4*
NIAGARA REGION15*
58*
NORTH BAY
OSHAWA11*
OTTAWA7
PETAWAWA38*
PETERBOROUGH
8*
SAULT STE MARIE31
  
SCARBOROUGH59*
SUDBURY19*
WINDSOR29*
  
  

                  * Units with own web page.     

Disbanded KVA Units

 





Unit

Location

Unit

Location

2
Stratford
51
Fort Erie

3

Owen Sound

56

Cape Breton

5

Toronto
57
Mississauga
6
Barrie
56
Sydney

10

Edson

60

Wasaga Beach

 

16
Hamilton (Original)
63
Prince George

18

Hull

65
Sussex
25
Toronto
66
Nepean
28

 

Cornwall

 

68
PEI
30

 

Thunder Bay

 

70
Newfoundland
33

 

Cobourg

 

74
St. Johns
34
Cobalt
75
Mount Pearl
35

 

Drumheller

 

36

 

East Kootenay

 

 

 

40

Port Alberni

41

 

Trois Rivieres

 

47

 

Richmond

 

48

 

Mainland N.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

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