Royal Canadian Legion

Welcome to Ladysmith Legion Branch #171

Meet your New Executive for 2022-2023


Branch 171 wishes to extend our great appreciation to all the volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work.

In 2022, we donated over $8,000 to:

  1. Kids Help Phone
  2. Ladysmith Parent Advisory Council
  3. Nanaimo Child Development Centre
  4. Ladysmith/Chemainus Swim Club
  5. Cowichan Therapeutic Riding association
  6. Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Society
  7. Cowichan Independent Living
  8. Nanaimo School Foundation

Branch 171 wishes to extend our great appreciation to all the volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work.

Darlene Paulson
Branch president

Check our calendar for upcoming events.

About the Legion

The Legion is a democratic, non-partisan, member-based organization. We endeavour to make a difference in the lives of Veterans including Military and RCMP members and their families, to support our community and our country, and always remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Over the past 18 months, we have all been going through difficult times with Covid-19. As the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine, I would like like to thank you all for the ongoing support and look forward to the branch returning to normal operations.

Legion building

The lounge is usually open 7 days a week from Noon to 6:00 pm or later. Our office is open on Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.


Please, feel free to come to visit with us in our air-conditioned lounge when the situation changes.


We offer friendly and courteous staff to serve you, a meeting hall with a projection system available, big screen TV and free WiFi in the lounge.

We invite you to view the active monthly calendar which provides more information regarding our scheduled events.

~ Darlene Paulson

Legions in their Communities

EVERYONE is welcome to join; You do not need to be a veteran or the family of a veteran!

As the years take their toll on Canada’s veteran population, the Legion needs the infusion of new blood in order to maintain the many services provided by the Royal Canadian Legion to communities like ours across Canada. Membership was originally restricted to those who had served in Canada’s Armed Forces and Merchant Navy.

The Royal Canadian Legion is proud of its military heritage and still maintains close ties with the Armed Forces today; however, over the years, categories of membership have evolved to include members of our close-knit community.

Who We Serve

The Royal Canadian Legion Veterans Services Network serves Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and their families, providing support, referrals, representation, advocacy and financial assistance free of charge, Legion member or not.

The Legion’s Definition of a Veteran

“A Veteran is any person who is serving or who has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Commonwealth or its wartime allies, or as a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer in a Special Duty Area or on a Special Duty Operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime.”

If you or a Veteran you know needs help, please contact a Legion Command Service Officer.

The Legion is Canada’s foremost Veteran support and community service organization. Join now and help us improve the lives of those who served, support our communities, and remember the Fallen.

Community Volunteers

Volunteerism is one of The Royal Canadian Legion’s core activities. At its heart, the Legion is a grassroots organization that has its greatest impact through volunteer, community-based activities. Legionnaires comprise one of the largest volunteer bases in the country, committing millions of volunteer hours each year.

Through its local Branches and members, the Legion raises funds and supports essential services for those in need, and responds to the unique needs of their community. Our work at the community level includes outreach and assistance programs for Veterans and their families, fundraising to support essential community services, offering supports for seniors and families in need, organizing commemorative ceremonies and promoting Remembrance, and more. In times of local or regional crisis, Legion Branches and Legionnaires are there to support those who have been adversely affected by an emergency.

There are many ways to get involved and have a direct impact on your community. Contact your local Branch to find out more.

A Place to Connect

Legion Branches are central places for people to gather and feel connected to their neighbours. In many places, they serve as the primary community centre, hosting weddings, town meetings, community BBQs, memorial services, and other important events and activities.

Legion Branches are the cornerstones of communities. We encourage everyone to visit their local Branch and find out all we have to offer.

Supporting Youth in Our Communities

Many Canadians don’t realize that the Legion is one of the largest supporters of community youth activities in the country. The Legion promotes Remembrance to the younger generation and works with schools and youth organizations to keep the memories of our Fallen Veterans alive. The Legion also supports youth leadership programs and activities such as Cadets, Scouts and Guides, and youth sports, helping build the next generation of leaders. Visit our Youth education and Youth leadership pages to find out more.

Keeping  You Up to Date

We aim to keep you up to date with all of our various activities and events, special entertainment and monthly calendar and newsletter sponsored by your local Legion branch.

The Royal Canadian Legion, with nearly 270,000 Legion members in 1,400 branches across the country, encompasses a diverse group of individuals. Some are serving or retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Others have a close affiliation with the military, such as through a family member. Many are just regular Canadians hoping to make a difference.
But there is one constant among all of them: A desire to support the men and women who have served Canada.

Guy Zimmerman and the fallen
Guy Zimmerman and the fallen