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Help our youth remember

Legions sponsor youth programs that include sports, cadets, scouts, leadership training and remembrance activities. Our aim is to help youth develop an appreciation for teamwork, leadership, duty and most importantly, Remembrance.

Educators: In addition to the contests and bursaries below, Veterans Affairs Canada has provided us with information and links to excellent educational resources.

Youth organizations:

The Royal Canadian Legion has a long and valued partnership with Cadets Canada. The Cadets Program fosters youth leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism and promotes Canadian and military values. Cadets volunteer to help the Legion with the Poppy Campaign, support our Veterans and take active roles in commemorative ceremonies across Canada. These young men and women play a vital role in supporting Legion activities and promoting Remembrance. In return, Legion Branches provide financial support to help them grow.

In addition to being a major sponsor and supporter of Cadet Corps, Units and Squadrons across the country, the Legion sponsors the Cadet Medal of Excellence which honours outstanding Cadets. It is awarded in recognition of individual endeavors in citizenship which enhance the aims and objectives of the Canadian Cadet movement. Also each year, the Sea, Army and Air cadet leagues choose their respective top cadet.  The winning Cadets act as wreath bearers at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa. The Legion is proud to support Canada's Cadets and recognizes their service by offering all graduating Cadets a one-year free membership in the Legion.

Branch 641 proudly supports the following local Cadet units in our community:

       75 Barrhaven Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron

       2332 Maj E.J.G. Holland VC Royal Canadian Army Cadets

       2958 1st Anti-tank Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadets

       Cameron Highlander's of Ottawa Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps

       40 Faulkland Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps

Branch 641 proudly supports scouts in our community:


To learn more about how Branch 641 supports local cadets and scouts contact our Cadet Liaison: Dave Sereda.

Sports Track and Field:

Ontario Command offers a Sports Track and Field program.  Branch 641 Sport Track and Field Chair is Jackie Fuchs

Youth Contests & Bursaries

Literary and Poster Contest 

As one of our primary goals, fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Thanks to the longstanding tradition of the Annual Literary and Poster Contests, we have been able to involve Canadian school children in helping us to promote not only the National Remembrance Day Service, but also the act of honouring our military heritage. Deadlines for entries in the Poster and Literary Contests are determined by the local Legion branches.

The Youth Education Programme booklet, contest information and fillable entry forms, are found in the Ontario Command Youth section. Information packages are also mailed to Barrhaven area schools in early October. Entries are to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Legion Barrhaven Branch 641, at 3500 Fallowfield Rd. No later than: TUESDAY 15 November 2022. An awards ceremony is traditionally held annually in January. 

IMPORTANT: Entry forms (especially the contact email addresses and phone numbers must be legible) Use of the filable (typewritten) entry form is prefered. - Complete and legible student, parent and teacher contact info is essential to coordinate notification of results and prizes. 

Winning entries at the branch level will proceed to our G5 Zone, who also hosts Zone-Level  Annual Remembrance Day Contests.  

Photos from 2018 Poster and Literary awards ceremony, 2019 photos can be found on Branch 641’s Facebook group photo section.

Public Speaking Contest and Video Contest

Ontario Command invites students to take part in Public speaking and Video contents. Our G5 Zone, Hosts Annual Zone-Level Remembrance Day Contests hosts the first level of Public Speaking contest in March. Successful candidates at Zone level will proceed to the Ontario Command level.  

More information can be found on the Youth Programs section of the Ontario Command site.


Royal Canadian Legion will assist post-secondary students in financial need to achieve university, college, technical, or professional education. Indentured apprentices may also apply for assistance to purchase tools and instruments. Provincial and Local level programs are available.

Ontario Command's Bursary Program  

Visit their website to learn about the Bursary program opening September of each academic year through March (when students are physically on campus).

Barrhaven Legion Branch 641 local bursary program:

The branch local bursary program takes place annually: Applications will be accepted in person at the branch or by letter mail from 1 September until the deadline of 31 October of the current academic year. It is important for the candidate to demonstrate financial need with their application. Please see the form for details.

Branch 641 Local Bursary Application form.

External Scholarship Resources

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research have extended the deadline for their Masters, Doctoral and Postgraduate scholarships and awards until 31 August 2020.  More information is found at https://cimvhr.ca/funding/scholarships/  

Branch 641 Youth Education and Bursary Contact:

For help or clarification on any of the above info, contact Youth Education & Bursary Chair 
Carol-Anne Marleau

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