CORNWELL (WINNIPEG) BRANCH
to The Navy League of Canada
BRANCH HISTORY

Authored by: Richard Hunt, LCOL (Ret’d) (alumni 1967-1978)
 

 

BEGINNINGS

It was sometime in the early winter of 1996 when I received a call from John Jamieson informing me of Corps alumni getting together to discuss ways and means to help raise funds to directly support the Corps. The gathering happened in the basement of John Jamieson’s house with Gary Payne (then Vice President of the Manitoba Division of the Navy league of Canada), Barry Webb, Bob Webb, Kerry Knight, Ian Burke and Neil Johnston (then Corps Commanding Officer) in attendance. Following reminiscing of days past, the group eventually moved into discussions related to the primary reason for the gathering. Herein it was learned the Corps needed an additional funding source to help the Corps effectively deliver its program to the cadets. The Corps believed its sponsoring Navy League Branch (Greater Winnipeg Branch) could not adequately support John Travers Cornwell VC due to the financial demands placed on the branch in supporting two other Sea Cadet Corps (then RCSCC Crusader and RCSCC Qu’Appelle) plus a Navy League Cadet Corp (NLCC JRK Millen). The notion of forming an Alumni Committee within the existing Navy League Branch was discussed but it was believed the committee would not be able to function autonomously for John Travers Cornwell VC and its efforts and resources may eventually be spread across the Greater Winnipeg Branch as a whole. At this juncture the suggestion of forming a separate Navy League Branch to solely sponsor the Corps was raised. Most believed this suggestion had merit and asked Gary Payne to pursue this notion further with the Navy League of Canada Manitoba Division President (at that time, Ed Wilson, also an alumni).

 

THE BRANCH

On reflection, the concept of forming another Navy League Branch within the City of Winnipeg to solely sponsor John Travers Cornwell VC was a whirlwind of events. The next thing I remember was meeting again with the august group of late 1996 to begin the process in forming a new Navy League Branch within the City of Winnipeg for sole sponsorship of RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC. With the assistance of Gary Payne, a committee was formed to complete the Navy League of Canada paperwork to obtain a Navy League of Canada Warrant to form and operate a Navy League Branch. Along with myself, the committee included John Jamieson, Kerry Knight, and Ian Burke. On January ??, 1997, the National President of the Navy League of Canada signed a Navy League of Canada Warrant approving the formation of a Navy League Branch within the City of Winnipeg to operate and sponsor RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC. As part of obtaining a Navy League of Canada Warrant, the committee had to identify a branch name. Following discussions, the committee agreed on the name “CORNWELL (WINNIPEG) BRANCH” for it was believed the name aptly reflected its relationship to the Corps and use of (WINNPEG) clearly defined its location (so as not to be confused with other locations such as Cornwell, Ontario).

 

INAUGURAL BRANCH MEETING

The inaugural Branch meeting was held in the Ante Room of the old HMCS Chippawa on January 9, 1997. In addition to the above committee, those attending this inaugural meeting included: Elsie Edwards; Brenda Forsyth; Jack Templeman; Barry Webb; Robert Webb; Hugh Walker; Denise Whynot; and Marie Zorniak. Also in attendance was Gary Payne (Vice-President Manitoba Division, NLoC); Lyla Bilton (Sea Cadet Chairperson Manitoba Division, NLoC) and LCdr Neil Johnston (Commanding Officer – RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC). Topics during this meeting included election of the Branch Executive (i.e.: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer); discussions on the Branch’s role in relation to the Corps; establishing Branch sub-committees (i.e.: membership, fund raising, alumni); financial matters; membership fees; and scheduling the Annual General Meeting. This group can be considered to be the Branch’s founding membership which set in motion the successes the Branch achieves today.


Cornwell (Winnipeg) Branch Inaugural Meeting, HMCS Chippawa Wardroom, January 9, 1997.
Kerry Knight (Secretary), LCdr. Neil Johnston (Commanding Officer), Rick Hunt (President), Ian Burke (Vice President) and John Jamieson (Treasurer).

   
Cornwell (Winnipeg) Branch Inaugural Meeting, HMCS Chippawa Wardroom, January 9, 1997.
LCdr. Neil Johnston (Commanding Officer), Rick Hunt (President), Garry Payne (Division Vice President).

 

FUNDRAISING

Over the years the Branch has undertaken many types of fund raising activities that have included Raffles (Grey Cup Tickets, Computer); and Events (Beer Tasting; Bud, Spud and Beef, participation in the Boat and Recreation Shows, Meat Sales, Cornwell Comedy Nights at Rumours Comedy Club, Silent Auctions, etc) supplemented by various donations.

 

SPONSORSHIP

The Branch has sponsored / supported the Corps through the ongoing provision and/or the purchase of sports equipment, band equipment, seamanship / training equipment, food for the annual Christmas Service and end of cadet year BBQ, scholarships and bursaries, etc.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Since its inception, the foundation established by the Branch’s founding membership has and continues to be the drive of Branch memberships that have followed. The ongoing success of the Cornwell (Winnipeg) Branch is indicative of the time donated and unnerving devotion to the Corps by all of its Branch memberships both past and present. While the origins of the Branch were rooted by Corps alumni, it’s through the collected effort of both Corps alumni and non-alumni members that continues to nurture future seeds of success for the Branch.

 

BRANCH EXECUTIVE 1997 TO 2018

Years President Vice President 2nd Vice President Secretary Treasurer
1997-1998 Rick Hunt Ian Burke VACANT Kerry Knight John Jamieson
1998-1999 Rick Hunt Hugh Walker VACANT *Alf Northam John Jamieson
1999-2000 Hugh Walker Neil Johnston Elsie Edwards *Alf Northam *John Jamieson
2000-2001 Neil Johnston Elsie Edwards VACANT Alf Northam *John Jamieson
2001-2002 John Jamieson Elsie Edwards VACANT Lynn Hawkeye Anne Marie Marshall
2002-2003 Lynn Hawkeye Elsie Edwards
Norm Sparks
Alf Northam Janet Raymond Anne Marie Marshall
Tracy Carlson
2003-2004 Lynn Hawkeye Norm Sparks VACANT Janet Raymond Tracy Carlson
Wilf Yunik
2005-2006 Norm Sparks VACANT VACANT *Alf Northam Wilf Yunik
2006-2007 John Jamieson VACANT VACANT *Alf Northam Wilf Yunik
2007-2008 John Jamieson Don Bullee John Marakovits Pat Lumsden Wilf Yunik
2008-2009 Don Bullee VACANT VACANT Pat Lumsden Gene Manchur
2009-2010 Don Bullee VACANT VACANT Pat Lumsden Gene Manchur
2010-2011 Don Bullee Joseph DiMartino VACANT Pat Lumsden Gene Manchur
2011-2012 Don Bullee Joseph DiMartino VACANT Pat Lumsden Gene Manchur
2012-2013 Don Bullee Larry Schenkeveld VACANT Debra Barratt Gene Manchur
2013-2014 Don Bullee Larry Schenkeveld VACANT Barbara Douglas Gene Manchur
2014-2015 Don Bullee Larry Schenkeveld VACANT Barbara Douglas Gene Manchur
2015-2016 Don Bullee Larry Schenkeveld VACANT Rose Millet Gene Manchur
2016-2017 Larry Schenkeveld Don Bullee VACANT Rose Millet Gene Manchur
2017-2018 Don Bullee Phillip Bingham VACANT Rose Millet Gene Manchur

 

THE BRANCH...ALWAYS STANDING THEIR STATION

 

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