Bruce is an ordinary member of The Royal Canadian Legion and a long-time resident of the Oxford County area in Ontario where he and his wife Darlene own and manage a 350-acre cash crop farm. He has also been an active member of the Legion since 1977 and his focus continues to be the promotion of the Legion and its service to Veterans.
COMMUNITY / VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Bruce has held a variety of positions within his local community. These include: director of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, past director and past chairman of the local Co-op, past member and chairman of the Beachville Cemetery Board. He also recently retired with the rank of Captain from the Beachville Volunteer Fire Department after 32 years of service.
Bruce joined the Beachville Br. #495 in 1977 and has been elected to various positions at the branch, zone, district, provincial command levels. At the recent Dominion Convention in St John’s, NL in June 2016, Bruce was elected as Dominion Command Vice-President and has been appointed Chairman of the Dominion Command Public Relations Committee.
Bruce is a former member of the 3rd and 4th Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment where he served for three years. During his time in the Canadian Armed Forces, Bruce gained an appreciation for the sacrifices made by serving military personnel and the importance of advocating on their behalf. Aside from his farming business, he was also a Township Councilor for six years.
Bruce is a Grade XIII graduate from the College Avenue Secondary School-Woodstock ON. He also a graduate of a two-year Diploma Course in "Agricultural Business Management" from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology. Finally, Bruce is a graduate of the "Fire Services Officer Training Program" at the Ontario Fire College - Gravenhurst ON.
Married to his wife Darlene, whom he met at a Legion District Convention, they have two children Jaclyn and Joseph and three grandchildren, Brandon, Meghan and Ella. Both Darlene and Bruce like to read, travel, particularly to remote areas in Northern Ontario, where the company is sparse, mosquitoes are bad but the fishing is good.
Bruce was awarded his Life Membership in 2003 and the Legion Meritorious Service Medal in 2011. He was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.