THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL COMMAND LADIES' AUXILIARY
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Members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary support the aims and objectives of The Royal Canadian Legion and their dedicated service enriches the programs and activities of the Branch.
During the 1914-1918 war years as wounded veterans returned home, women were asked to help with their recovery by visiting hospitals, sending parcels to the hospitalized and to needy families. It was from these dedicated bands of women that The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary was started. Today, the Ladies’ Auxiliary is a vital and integral part of the work of the Legion. Major contributors to the day-to-day life of Legion Branches, Ladies’ Auxiliaries provide financial and volunteer support to Legion programs. The Ladies’ Auxiliary (LA) is a non-profit organization operated separate from The Royal Canadian Legion, but together they thrive.
Any woman who is eligible for membership in the Legion may choose to become a member of the Ladies Auxiliary only, or a member of both organizations. The Ontario Command have 292 Auxiliaries with 13,731 members.
Through their many fund raising activities they assist the local Legion Branches, health facilities and programs, school activities, and Bursaries. They also sponsor Cadets, Girl Guides, and Brownies, as well as local and Provincial Youth sports activities. During the year ending on May 31, 2009 they donated back into the community over $461,515.00. In a one year period, they have donated $166,483.00 to look after our veterans and have donated $1,782,537.00 to our Branches. Bursary assistance is available for students attending a post secondary institution, and in the year ending on May 31, 2013, they had donated $142,994.50 to this program.