The Royal Canadian Legion
Accent Inns are proud to support The Royal Canadian Legion. Their work supporting not only veterans but youth and seniors in our communities is well needed and we are all very grateful. Accent Inns also enjoys participating in their annual Poppy Campaign, helping to raise awareness for all the Men and Women who gave their lives and risk their lives for our freedoms.
The Royal Canadian Legion was formed in 1926 and , is a non-profit, membership supported fraternal organization. Originally it served as a place of camaraderie, support and advocacy with the important task of assisting returning military personnel to ease the transition from war to civilian life. Accent Inns has the honor and privilege of working with the BC/Yukon command of The Royal Canadian Legion.
The BC/Yukon Command has 153 Branches, over 90 Ladies Auxiliaries and almost 70,000 members and receives no government funding. BC/Yukon Legionnaires and members of the Ladies Auxiliary contribute in excess of $4.3 Million to communities every year. These funds are raised through membership drives, fundraisers, donations, sporting and social activities held in the community and at Legion Branches and partnerships with companies like Accent Inns.
The Legion in British Columbia and the Yukon:
- Is the largest non-profit provider of veteran /seniors housing with over 4,500 units in 70 facilities with a community investment of approximately $169 Million;
- Has endowed the Chair of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia for over a quarter of a century, creating opportunities for family medical practice in rural and under-serviced areas;
- Is a longstanding and significant contributor to the BC Seniors Games;
- Volunteers over 600,000 hours in communities supporting health, social, educational and athletic programs;
- Traditionally supports over 400 youth groups and is the largest contributor supporting Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Cadets;
- Provides bursaries and scholarships worth more than $819,000 annually;
- Contributes in excess of $400,000 for medical research and special medical equipment in health care facilities;
- Is one of the critical points of contact in many communities for emergency preparedness and response;
- Is the sole sponsor of the BC /Yukon Team participating at the annual National Track and Field Championships and training camp with 400 youth from across Canada and the Territories;
- Sponsors the Veterans Transition Program which is a confidential university peer-based counseling and trauma repair course for retired Canadian Forces Members and those returning from overseas;
- It is a significant contributor to Honour House which provides temporary complimentary accommodation for Canadian Forces Members, veterans and First Responders requiring medical treatment in Vancouver.
The efforts by the BC/Yukon Command are improving the quality of life of so many in our communities including:
- Canadian Forces Members
- Veterans and Seniors
- Youth and general Community members
The Royal Canadian Legion also holds the sacred trust of ensuring the tradition of Remembrance is observed by Canadians every year at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. This tradition dates back to the First World War when the guns fell silent, marking the end of military conflict and the Remembrance of those who would never return home. The National Poppy and Remembrance Campaign raise funds for veterans and their families, the new military and others who are disadvantaged.
Click here to learn more about how you can help Accent Inns support The Royal Canadian Legion and Remembrance Day through our annual Poppy Campaign. If your a member of The Royal Canadian Legion let us know to qualify for your special rates at every Accent Inn B.C. hotel