One of the ways non-profit organization Quilts of Valour- Canada Society founded in 2006 supports our Canadian Armed Forces members is by making and giving a homemade quilts to past and present members.
In the Peace region the recipeints on November 11 were Ron Leachman and Shane Brown.
Ron Leachman was presented with his quilt at the Pouce Coupe hall having served the Navy from 1958 to 1965.
“I think everyone should be in the forces for a period of time. I had no idea I was nominated and I didn’t expect it at all” Leachman says.
Shane Brown was presented with his quilt at the bowling alley having served the Army from 2005 to 2012.
“It was an extreme honour being presented with such an extraordinary gift of appreciation. I felt a sense of pride and sadness as I received this gift and it reminded me of all my comrades who didn’t make it home with me. Again, I want to thank everyone involved that made this quilt for me. I am thankful for my wife Ashley and the Legion for arranging this gift for my birthday and for Remembrance Day.” Brown says.
Both of the quilts presented were made by Ft.Nelsons Camellia Pratt, a member of the Quilts of Valour Society.
“I make the quilts by donated or purchased fabric, I design it and put a labels on it. It’s my passion to give something to the vetrans as a gift from Canada, veterans are being forgotten. These two quilts took me a month to make.” Pratt says.
“I’ve been doing quilts of valour for many years. I’m the only one covering from PG to the coast up to Yukon. Our society is looking for more quilters anybody that is interested please go to the website.” Pratt says.
Quilts of Valour has many chapters across Canada for more information visit https://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/index.html