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Shelburne Legion president steps down from role

December 1, 2022   ·   0 Comments

Written By Paula Brown

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Liz Whitton, president of the Shelburne Legion Branch 220, has stepped down from the leading role. 

The Shelburne Legion officially announced the change to its executive in a Facebook post on Nov. 23. 

Whitten took over the role of president in July of 2021 when past president Lesa Peat decided to step back after nearly half a decade in the position. She previously served as the local legion’s president in 2012 and 2013. 

Taking over as interim Legion president will be Dean Schroeder, Shelburne Legion first vice president and Sergeant-at-Arms.

“It feels good because now I can do things that hopefully will bring more veterans into the legion,” said Schroeder. “Hopefully everything goes to plan.” 

Schroeder became a member at the Shelburne Legion Branch 220 just over five years ago and in that time has taken on the roles of Sergeant-at-Arms, chairperson for the Poppy Fund, and First Vice. 

Schroeder is also a veteran, serving 20 years with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), with whom he completed two tours in Bosnia as a peacekeeper, and spent 10 years in the reserves. 

In 2014, he officially retired from the Canadian military after 30 years of service. 

Speaking with the Free Press, Schroeder said he will be focusing on upcoming events hosted by the Shelburne Legion including their New Year’s Party. 

“My main goal is to get people back into our legions, and get support and volunteers,” said Schroeder. 

Other changes in the local legion’s executive include Gord Graham stepping up as the first vice, and April Addison stepping up to second vice. 

The Shelburne Legion will hold its next election for president in April. 

“The people will decide if they want to keep me on or want to replace me. There a little pressure because it’s a very short period, but I’m positive the people I’ve chosen for my committee will do a good job and do what’s best for the Legion,” said Schroeder. 



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