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Veteran Glenn Miller presented with Quilt of Valour

Thirteen years as a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.
Quilt of Valour
From left: President of the Improvement Institute Chris Boomer, Canadian Ranger Glenn Miller, Tumbler Ridge Fire Chief Dustin Curry, and Protective Services Specialist Mike Thibodeau. Boomer, Curry, and Thibodeau presented Miller with the Quilt of Valour for his time spent in the Canadian Airborne Regiment, in Tumbler Ridge, November 4.

Glenn Miller was presented with the Quilt of Valour in Tumbler Ridge on Friday, November 4.

He was granted the quilt for serving in the armed forces for 13 years as a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Miller had two peace-keeping tours in Cypress, 1964-54 and 1975-76. Miller is a Canadian Ranger in the Tumbler Ridge Canadian Ranger Patrol.

Miller is an avid community volunteer, and has led the Tumbler Ridge Junior Canadian Ranger Patrol for 15 years. Miller was presented the quilt by Chris Boomer on behalf of Camellia Pratt. The Quilt of Valour movement started many years ago when Lesley Zwaal visited the Edmonton hospital and was told that there were some casualties of way, involving military people from peace keeping missions who had been injured on the job.

She decided to give them quilts, for comfort, and the Quilt of Valour movement was started. The movement is now nation-wide with representatives in every province, gathering quilts people have made for donation to these military personnel that have either served in war times, or have been injured while serving in the military. There are presently over 700 requests for quilts to members at this time across Canada.

"I have been a representative for the past six years and am looking for quilters who are willing to join. The organization has received donations from fabric houses and sewing machine companies, and holds contests to win sewing machines. Contest details are on the website www.quiltsofvalour.ca," says Pratt.

"I would like to have quilters in the Peace join with me in making quilts for our personnel in the Peace River district. Either as a group leader, having a few others join them to make quilts, or to donate quilt tops or make donations of another sort. If you know of any veterans or injured military member who would like a quilt, please forward me their particulars, at camellia.pratt@quiltsofvalour.ca."