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Veterans Affairs Canada - Services and Benefits

Advocacy is a program designed to recognize, protect, promote and generally champion the rights of members of the RCMP Veterans’ Association as it relates to issues of pensions, insurance and health care.    For further information - Part 2 Chapter 2.9 Advocacy Program (Operations Manual).

Meeting with Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Julian Fantino - 21st May 2014, Vancouver, B.C.


Ron Lewis, (Ottawa Division) becomes National Advocate
Ottawa: 613-837-4540 Home, 613-851-4540 Cell
Florida: 321-327-9309 Home, 321-505-2212 Cell
e-mail: ronlewis@rogers.com 


  • Bob Mckee - Vancouver Division
  • Peter Tremblay - Calgary Division
  • D.B. (Skip) Antonson - Prince Albert Division
  • Dave Douglas - Manitoba Division
  • Lew Doughty - Georgian Bay Division
  • Gord Keating - Toronto Division
  • Earl Dickson - Kingston Region Division
  • Robert Boivin - Quebec Division
  • Tim Hoban - New Brunswick Division
  • Gary Grant - Nova Scotia
  • Ruby Burns - Prince Edward Island
  • Bob Hurman - Newfoundland & Labrador Division

Link To: Royal Canadian Legion - Address List - Service Bureau Officers

If the date of birth is not in the range from 1900-01-01 to 2000-01-01 there will be a list of the member’s name, date of birth and a Modify button at the end of the field.  You can correct the Date of Birth using the format yyyy-mm-dd.  For example if you were born the 12th of August 1946 you would enter it as 1946-08-10. When you are happy with the new data of birth, click on the Modify button and, if the new information is within range, the member’s name will be removed from the list. If there are no names showing on the page, that would indicate that your dates of birth are within the specified range

Part 2 Chapter 2.9 - Advocacy Program

1. Advocacy is a program designed to recognize, protect, promote and generally champion the rights of members of the RCMP Veterans’ Association as it relates to issues of pensions, insurance and health care.
Guidance and Direction:
2. (a) A member of the Association will be appointed to the position of National Advocate. The National Advocate will function under the general direction of the President and report directly to him and maintain a close working relationship with all Directors and committee members. The Advocate shall liaise with Association partners such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA), The Veterans Affairs Canada Ombudsman, Veterans Affairs Canada and other partners with an interest in our Association and for the benefit of our members.
  (b) With guidance from the Board of Directors, the National Advocate shall work closely with the Executive Director of the Association and may represent the Board of Directors and the Association through appointments to the RCMP Pensions Advisory Committee (PAC) and the RCMP Insurance Committee and to other various internal and external committees as might occasionally be considered appropriate. The advocate should also work closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police policy centres as required. The Advocate will be an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.
Regional RCMP Veterans advocates
3. (a) Under the chairmanship of the National Advocate, five Advocates from the RCMP Veterans’ Association divisions will be appointment by the National Advocate. The Pacific Region, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Region will be each be represented by an Advocate. The regions identified above represent the same geographical areas used by the RCMP for administrative purposes.
  (b) The National Advocate will chair at least two meetings each year with the five Regional Advocates and file minutes of their meetings with the President of the Association and the BOD.
  (c) The National Advocate may initiate other meetings with the Regional Advocates throughout the year as required. These meetings can be conducted through the use of tele/video conference facilities.

Appointment of Division Advocates

4. In spite of the fact divisions will be represented by Regional Advocates, they are encouraged to appoint their own Divisional Advocates to discharge responsibilities on behalf of their division memberships. These Divisional Advocates would work closely with the Regional Advocates and the National Advocate, especially in communicating changes to benefits and best practices. All Advocate positions are voluntary but expenses occurred representing the Association and its members will be reimbursed.
The National and Regional Advocates Terms of Office
5. The term of office for an Advocate should be for two years. Continued service as the National Advocate and Regional Advocates should be ratified by each incoming National President.
Education and Training of Advocates:
6.   The Advocate shall be aware of educational and training activities available to members of the Association. Opportunities to become trained through the Service Bureau of the Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans Affairs Canada should be communicated to the membership via bulletins; newsletters or any means to ensure the opportunities are known. Knowledge of policies and practices of insurance, dental and health plans affecting the membership is a requirement. The Advocate, while representing the Association, shall act independently when dealing with members requesting assistance.