To the editor:
To all the volunteers who helped the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign to another successful year, a well-earned bouquet.
A large bric-bat to those who stole business trays depriving needy veterans and their families.
Volunteers helped in many ways. There were those who canvassed and were exposed to the public and there were those behind the scenes who assisted in other ways such as dropping off trays to businesses; purchasing wreaths; soliciting business donations; speaking at schools; delivering and picking up wreaths to and from the Cenotaph; bagging poppies; counting proceeds; preparing and serving meals on Remembrance Day; those manning the office; and many more volunteers doing various tasks that escape my memory.
Our appreciation to the businesses that displayed our business trays and silently solicited for us.
Thanks to the media for their help in advertising our campaign.
I especially want to thank the young men and women of the Army and Air Cadets and their officers for the number of hours they donated to canvassing and assisting at the Cenotaph.
And how can I forget the young mother and her two daughters who saw me struggling with loading empty wreath boxes onto the truck at the Cenotaph and came to my assistance.
Thank you Kelowna, for your generosity and assistance in making this another successful year in our fundraising campaign.
John Broughton, Poppy office manager,
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26