Sharon McKeown

Dominion Vice-President

The daughter of a WWII Veteran, Sharon joined Pte. Joe Waters Branch 136 in Milton, Ontario in 1981, at her father’s insistence. Her Legion ‘career’ began as Branch Secretary in 1984, eventually serving as Branch President for 9 years, moving to Zone, District and Provincial levels, with each step contributing to a remarkable journey. Over the years she has served in a variety of roles at all levels of the Legion.

  • Past President of Ontario Command (2017-2019), Provincial 1st Vice-President, Vice-President. 
  • Served in other roles including Ontario Command District B Commander, Deputy District Commander, Zone Commander, Deputy Zone Commander, Provincial Property Chair, District/Provincial Membership Chair, and District B Hospital Trust Chair.
  • Past Dominion Command Public Relations Committee Vice-Chair, and member of Dominion Membership Committee.
  • Active member of the Branch 136 Ladies Auxiliary.
  • Tri-District ABC Hospital Committee Member.
  • Helped introduce Ontario Command’s Operation Service Dog and began the Legion Riders program in Ontario.
  • Awarded Legion Life Membership in 2002.
  • Awarded Meritorious Service Medal by Zone B-7 and Palm Leaf by District B.
  • Received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012.
  • Awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada in 2018.
  • Received Certificate of Appreciation from the Canadian Cancer Society as a founding volunteer of Ladies Drive 4 Cancer and worked with Golfing 4 Cancer.
  • Retired after over 35 years in the insurance industry, with positions in claims adjusting, claims management and licensed life and casualty sales.
  • Education includes Fellowship to the Insurance Institute of Canada - Management Major, Province of Ontario License in Casualty, Life, Accident and Sickness Insurance, industry-related courses, and Dale Carnegie course certificates in Communication and Human Relations.
  • Held leadership roles in community activities including Scouting and Guiding, softball, and the Lions Club.
  • Has lived in Milton, ON with husband Bill since 1975. They spend spare time updating their 1870’s “Station House” known as “the money pit.” It was Milton’s first train station. They have a daughter, a son, two grandsons, one granddaughter and a spoiled lab named Max. Daughter Tracey and grandson Liam are Legion Members.