Dorothy Maynard and Bob Reddick represented the Westport Lions Club at the Remembrance ceremony in Westport and Wayne Sherwood and Michael Harris represented the club in Newboro.
Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
I had the honour and privilege of attending two events this past week that were associated with Canadian veterans. Both events were equally touching.
The first was the presentation of a quilt to veteran Ian Jackson of Westport. “The mission of Quilts of Valour is to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. They give this support through the presentation of quilts to comfort our past and present Canadian Forces members.” Thank you, Ian and all the men and women that have served our country so well.
Before the luncheon and presentation of Ian’s quilt, the quilters had a show and tell. Approximately 20 quilts were displayed and the quilters who worked on each one were identified. Many positive comments were shared. What stood out for me was just how beautiful these quilts were. I was amazed at the creativity and the artistry that went into the patterns and colours used. You could feel the positive energy, and the sense of pride in the room.
Ian’s quilt was the hundredth quilt made by the Westport group this year. Chairperson Donna Easter usually presents the quilt by herself and the recipient picks the location and time. The hundred presentations done this year in itself would represent a significant commitment of her time.
The presentation of a quilt is mostly a private event because it is a very emotional time for the recipient. Each quilt has the recipient’s name and name or names of the quilters who made the quilt.
It is an honour for the Westport Lions Club to support Quilts of Valour, our veterans and our Canadian Legion.