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Pincher Creek Legion seeks board members

Pincher Creek Legion Branch 43 will be hosting its AGM on Dec. 10, where members will gather to elect new officers and install them into the executive committee. Up to 12 Legion members can be elected to fill positions on the executive board, and the branch hopes that a few younger members will step up and take on a role.

“We really are looking for some new blood, some new people, some new ideas, somebody that’s willing to give us some hours,” says Maggie Christians, branch president.

According to Maggie, many of the current members of the branch’s executive committee have been a part of the Legion for a long time now. With that being said, she claims that it has become difficult to come up with fresh ideas, and hopes newer faces can help mitigate the problem.

There are currently eight Legion members in an executive position, leaving four vacancies to fill. Members interested in joining the executive committee are expected to have been members in good standing for at least a year.

Positions such as president and vice-president are roles reserved for those who, on top of being a Legion member, have a year’s experience on the committee.


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Legion members can be nominated for any of the positions, whether vacant or not, provided they are in attendance at the AGM and meet the prerequisites.

While the meeting will focus largely on electing new members of the branch’s executive committee, there will also be briefings regarding where Legion funds were allocated in the last year, and what can be expected in the year to come.

Maggie encourages any member of the local Legion to come out, vote and listen in on the meeting, regardless of whether you have intentions of running for a position.

Those who are currently not affiliated with the branch who wish to become members can head over to to join for a $50 annual fee. New members will not be able to vote in the upcoming election, but are welcome to attend the meeting.


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Pincher Creek Legion celebrates first National Legion Week

Pincher Creek’s Legion Branch 43 hosted a private dinner Sept. 17 in recognition of the first National Legion Week, which ran Sept. 17 to 23. The new weeklong acknowledgment is meant to bring attention to the work of Legions across Canada, which serve and support military and RCMP veterans, as well as the community itself.

Photos by William Cockerell


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Rear view of sergeant-at-arms Fred White saluting the Canadian and British flags.

Sergeant-at-arms Fred White salutes the Canadian and British flags during the singing of Canada’s national anthem.

Three men and two women do a can-can step wearing brightly-coloured striped socks.

Dave Johnson, left Beth Goff, Rev. Dave Goff, Rachel Welsh and Fred White dance in colourful knitted socks as part of a comedy bit conducted by an area comedian, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Head-table guests look to guest speaker Gary Mills at the podium.

Pincher Creek Legion president Maggie Christians, left, Coleman Legion president Gary Littlewood, Beth Goff and branch padre Rev. Dave Goff listen attentively as guest speaker Gary Mills passionately addresses those in attendance.

Lou Niven, a woman with a coral-coloured sweater, sits next to veteran Norman Walker who is wearing military medals on his chest.

Lou Niven and veteran Norm Walker enjoy the evening’s festivities.


Display of fall clothing at at Emerald & Ash Clothing in Crowsnest Pass.


Young girl in multi-coloured jacket and bright pink helmet and ski pants, grins broadly while skating with arms outstretched.



Box of grocery items with sign indicating food donations

Legion food hampers fill holiday need


Pincher Creek’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 ran a successful Christmas hamper project this past holiday season. The project has grown into a long-standing tradition of the Legion, one that has supported many households since its inaugural year.

The Christmas hampers are intended to assist local families who struggle with food insecurity, providing enough food to ideally last families the entirety of the Christmas holidays. Any leftover food that remained after the project was organized and taken to the Pincher Creek and District Food Centre to assist locals in the future.

With the help of many local organizations and selfless individuals, the Legion was able to put together and hand out about 100 food hampers to families within the town and MD of Pincher Creek who had previously signed up.

“We had a lot of support from many of the service clubs and various organizations and it made for a tremendous number of volunteers this year — it was amazing to see,” says Maggie Christians, president of Legion Branch 43.


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On top of numerous individual volunteers, the Legion received help from several notable entities such as the Pincher Creek women’s shelter, the area 4-H clubs, Napi Friendship Association, the local Lions clubs, the Pincher Creek food centre and many more wonderful groups looking to support the community.

Maggie not only expressed tremendous gratitude to all those who contributed to the project, but furthermore expressed the value of giving such support to the community.

“It always means something when you can help others and this year we had a lot of great  people help. It means a lot to not only the people receiving hampers but to everybody that helped out,” she says.

“It’s just simply a good thing and to do this always feels good. It worked out really well this year.”



Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.



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Indoor and outdoor view of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.



Male youth pins poppy to Remembrance Day cross held by female youth, while another male youth stands at attention, on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 9, 2022

We will remember them

Peter Van Bussel and Abigail Rigaux receive a poppy from Walker Anderson at the MHHS Remembrance Day assembly in Pincher Creek.