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

SERVICE OFFICER/MORALE OFFICER                    Donna Hartie

Things are moving smoothly and I was able to catch up on other tasks at hand and reflect on what I do for this Unit

To start with I had to learn to deal with the words “Death and Grief”. This was the beginning. I have learned to enjoy my job as a Service Officer and I have so much respect for what a family goes through at there time of grief. I have made friends from my experiences. The unit got new members and the members have made friends and have joined one of the many events that go on in UNIT 283. It is a win-win for everyone.

The toughest part of the job is “turning out the light and closing the doors on the Memorial cupboard”. This process has a significant meaning to me. This is my final act that I can do for my fellow comrade.

In the past two years I have prepared and attended two Remembrance Day Honour Rolls, as well as attended many Military events that took place this year, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The author, Murray Burt presented me with a book called WINNIPEG’S LADIES FROM HELL, I felt so honored. I also attended a Peace Keepers and Korean Vets. Memorials. I have taken part in the carry of Colours for many parades, one being the BOOT ceremony that took place at VIA Rail in the summer of 2019. I have attended 4 cadet events, worked with MFRC, attended 3 classes on the base; and attended a Respect Forum and a volunteer for Willow Place, a Shelter for Battered and Abused Women. As you know, our Unit supports safety for Women in the Work Place. All the external events that I participate in, are volunteer and my own personal time and I have enjoyed every minute of my time with this chair. A finale note, the Memorial Books were updated and com-pleted by Millie Blair. I have also attended 52 funerals, visited 67 individuals and personally helped fellow comrades who asked for help with house keeping, shopping, etc.; 90 Get Well Card was sent out in two years and have run out, more are being made.

Morale is a chair that is a little of everything and try and start new things people might be interested in. For example, I tried the Swimming passes, not much interest; Chili Cook-Off which was combined with the Grey Cup Party. That was a success, a lot of fun and exciting as well; and YES there will be another one this year. A New Card Game called Vegas which plays here on Friday afternoons. You’ll see them having lunch, some-times supper and dancing. They are all members, most of them are new members. Youth Sports League has been very exciting and watch it begin to grow, slowly but catching on. Having the Youth as part of our Unit is essential for our Growth and members volunteering will keep it going.

Many of you have probably seen me running around when food is involved. Yes, that is me and yes I am run-ning. I have had the honor of being taught by our talented Ladies Auxiliary and Leto and Donna from the res-taurant, when I am stuck. I am now doing the food preparation, with volunteers, whenever required. I have been doing this for 6 years now and totally enjoy it.
I have many more plans for the future and hope to have your support. Nothing can be done without your help and input.

As you may remember I was also wearing this hat for a while. 8 months to be exact. It was a big job but fun. BBQs were great and everyone enjoyed themselves. Especially ice cream and sauce for dessert. I had and still have, if I needed, volunteers who like helping in the kitchen. There is always a lot of laughter coming from the kitchen when we are in there. These ladies are very supportive of the work that needs to be done. Thank you Linda O., Linda M., Diane L, Claudette O., Kandia, Millie B., Sandra S. and Ladies Auxiliary. You are all great to work with and thank you for your all support. We did everything from decorating to taking down for every holiday event. You are a great group of ladies, and men when needed Dave B., Rae R., Mike O., to work with. If I forgot someone I am sorry, but you know who you are and again THANK YOU.

One thing I would like to mention, when I need help, I ask people and they can help and I wanted to thank Fer-ggy for helping with BBQs as well as Gord Watt. Oh yes and Len for doing most of the cooking. And Yes Len loves to cook, after all, he came in second for the Chili cook-off.

I had a good time, but run off my feet with two portfolios. I found someone to take over. It took a lot of work to get her ready for the chair and very glad when she agreed to take over. There is a lot more to Entertainment than just the Bands. All holidays to decorate for; up and take down busy all the time and everyone has an opin-ion, which is good but the negative ones we don’t need. From what I can tell things are going well.

We will be having a large Celebration of Life for Gordon Kent on Jan. 17, and another next Saturday the 18th for a non-member Lawrence Wright a veteran.

Health & Welfare - Donna Hartie
Thomas Bud Cassey
Tom O'Mally

Gord Crigger

   Gordon Kalian

Terry Abrahamson

Gordon Kilian

Larry Lenchuk (No Visitors Please)


Birchwood Terrace-Kenora,Ont
Jim Cox (Rm. #210)

Keith Bratley
Joe Everton
Doug Lloyd

NOTE: If anyone knows a Member in Hospital,Please let me know. Thank you Donna Hartie