Seven hundred Legionnaires and Ladies Auxiliaries members welcomed Bob Brady as the B.C./Yukon Command President of the Royal Canadian Legion at the Biennial Convention last week at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.
Brady has been a member of The Royal Canadian Legion for over 36 years and is a Life Member of Aldergrove Branch 265. At the 2009 Convention, Comrade Brady was re-elected to the BC/Yukon Command Executive Council and previously served as Command Vice President as well as Chairman of two Committees; Youth and Sports.
“It is a very exciting time for the Legion in B.C. and the Yukon,” said Brady. “We are moving forward with an aggressive business plan. It’s all about growth — growth of our mmbership, growth of our branch impact in the community, and growth of our charitable and volunteer service.
Brady has performed numerous roles at all levels of the Legion including three terms as President of Branch #265 and eight years as Zone Commander for the Fraser Valley Zone.
Aside from Legion activities Brady has kept very busy over the years. He served as Alderman in the District of Matsqui for a number of years and was President of the Aldergrove Lions where he spearheaded the building of the Aldergrove Intermediate Care Hospital and Lions Grove Seniors Housing at Jackman Manor.
He was Master of the Abbotsford Masonic Lodge in 1981 and 1982 and is an active Shriner. As a Shriner he is Captain of the Fraser Valley Scooter Corps. This group performs at 15 to 20 parades a year in B.C. and Washington.
He is also a member of the Aldergrove Elks and Abbotsford Eagles.
Brady retired in 2005 as a Utilization Technician for Terasen Gas and has been married to Sharon for 42 years. They have two sons and two granddaughters.
Brady said, “I cherish the support I have from my wife and family. We are a Legion family. We know what it means to belong to an organization that cares and cares deeply about our fellow citizens.”
The Legion celebrates its 85th anniversary this year and plans community festivities during Legion Week, June 19-25. Their website is www.bcyuk.legion.ca