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

MEMBERSHIP                                      Leo Baron


SATURDAY, JULY 13th 2019, at 7:00 p.m.


The first meeting of Unit 283 was held May 3, 1946 in the Assiniboia Municipal Hall (now the Historical Mu-seum) located on Portage Avenue.

The requirement to become a Unit was 25 members. On July 13, 1946 Unit 283 officially opened. The Char-ter Members were G. Richardson, President; H. Look, 1st Vice President; S. Harrison, Second Vice Presi-dent; J. Farrow, Secretary; W. Rossum, Treasurer; and P. Johnson and W. Marr.

The Board of Directors purchased three lots at a cost of $1.00. Twenty signatures were required on a loan from the Bank of Nova Scotia for $500. This covered the purchase of No. 2 Fire Hall (located On Williamette Avenue, now Lodge Avenue) for $500.00. This was the physical start of Unit 283 on the road to being “The Friendly Club”.

The building was not practical and had to be dismantled. The lumber was stored for future use. Brewery Products came to the rescue with a loan – which was paid off in three years – and also supplied a foreman to oversee the volunteer building of our Unit which started on September 11, 1946. The first building was erect-ed at a cost of $10,500. During this time a lot of the financial help was provided by the Ladies Auxiliary.

The Unit was required to have a membership of 100 members to qualify for a liquor licence.

In the past 73 years the unit has had a membership of over two thousand. Today, we have eight hundred and eight happy members. This Unit was built by members and continues to be in existence because of its dedicat-ed members. On behalf of the Membership Committee we thank all members for their contribution to The Friendly Club, Unit 283.

A heartfelt thank you for the foresight of the veterans who formed the first Board of Directors and carried through with their plan to form Unit 283, The Friendly Club.


 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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