Welcome to Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 Winnipeg
Canadas oldest Veterans Organization
Established in 1840

MEMBERSHIP                                      Leo Baron

Our current membership is 835 members.

I have had the pleasure of attending the 54th Biennial Dominion Convention which was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Unit 38 in Saskatoon were hospitable hosts and the staff of Dominion Command conducted a successful and efficient convention.

It was a pleasure to talk with other comrades from different units and note that we all have the same problem of reduced memberships. This is a problem that should be addressed.

Dominion Convention raises funds by all units paying into an “In Lieu of Wreath Fund”. Units and/or Com-mands donate money in lieu of placing wreath at the cenotaph during the parade and wreath laying ceremony. The host command, or unit, determines where the monies will be disbursed to support veterans.

At the 54th Biennial Dominion Convention the amount of $3,250. was donated to the Sherbrooke Foundation to help renovate a kitchen. It operates three homes and are working on renovating the kitchen on the fourth home.

These are actual housing units in the Sherbrook Community where there is a school, children, and dogs. This is a great benefit for senior veterans to have an actual home in a community and not have to leave their home for available housing elsewhere. Sherbrooke supports quality of life and growth for individuals and the community as a whole.

On another occasion I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Bill Ritchie, President of Unit 68, (also known as ‘The with Bill Ritchie, President of Unit 68, (also known as ‘The Friendly Club’) located in East Vancouver. This is a small unit that does not have its own clubrooms. Their meetings are held at a neighbouring
unit. Their priority fund raising event is for Citadel Canine Society which provides service animals for disabled veterans.

These are two fine examples of “Shoulder to Shoulder’

 We will remember them.



The Act of Incorporation, By-laws, Rules and Constitution, of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS) directs that membership in the Association must be by membership in a unit of the Association. This means that someone wishing to become a member must join a unit or if a unit does not exist locally, may participate in forming a unit. Recently the Board gave its approval to establish members-at-large.


By joining you will be able to make a meaningful difference in your new unit, community, province and country. It is a win-win situation. You win because within The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada, you will have the opportunity to make new friends in a national organization stretching from coast to coast, become involved with your community, and to develop and share your leadership talent. ANAVETS will win because we will be enriched by your enthusiasm, energy and new ideas that you bring to us.

Social Activities - Most of the ANAVETS' units have recreational facilities and may have licensed lounges. Members can enjoy a wide variety of social events such as dances, barbeques, entertainment and a host of other special events.

Member Participation Sports - ANAVETS has sporting events such as darts, curling, cribbage, shuffleboard and golf, with competitions at the local & provincial levels.

Community Service - You can serve your community by assisting with the many ANAVETS programs in support of youth, veterans, seniors, the disabled and others. ANAVETS supports Canada's youth through the teaching of sportsmanship and high ideals by sponsoring such sporting activities as minor and midget baseball and hockey. We further support the country's youth academic development through our bursary and scholarship awards programs.

Leadership - ANAVETS is always in search of new members who can take on a leadership challenge. If this is where your interest lies you can become involved by serving on the local unit executive. You may even wish to go to higher levels such as provincial or national. One day, you could be President of one of the largest community service organizations in Canada.

The voice of a single person may not be heard, but the voice of thousands of members in the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada is heeded.


Application forms for Active or Associate membership in a unit may be obtained from our unit. Applicants for a Unit membership must be sponsored by two (2) members.

Please Click Here to download and then print out the form, filling it out and mailing it into Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 - Winnipeg. If you are a Member-at-Large, our newsletter will be mailed directly to your home, or you can see the door person or at the Bar for a paper copy

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