2022 Executive Committee
Dipl.T (Mech Eng), AScT, MBA
– Born – Folkestone Kent, England
– Married – 3 sons, two grand children
Previous and Current Certifications, Memberships and Volunteer Associations–
Member Royal Canadian Legion – 34 years
– Member Executive- Branch #30 RCL – Treasurer, 2nd Vice, 1st Vice
– Member Executive- Branch #176 RCL – Treasurer, 2nd Vice, President
– Member Canadian Military Engineers Association
– Member ASTTC
– File reviewer ASTTC, Technology Registrations Canada
– Former Registration board member ASTTC
– Certified NWT Underground Mine Rescue Responder
– Certified ISO Internal Auditor (IRCA QMS)
– Certified Health and Safety Auditor (AASP)
– CAF – Reserve RCE
– Advisory Committee Industrial Marketing (BCIT/ICP)
– Magee High School – Vancouver -1966
– BCIT – Mech Engineering – 1970
– Queens University – Kingston – Executive Programs – 1995
– MBA – Engineering and Technology Management – City U, Seattle 1999
Comrade Valerie Merrett has been a member of Billy Bishop, now the amalgamated Billy Bishop/Kerrisdale, RCL Branch 176 since 1982.
She was first elected to the Branch Executive in 2015 and has served until the present day as:
• Director: 2015 to 2018
• 2nd Vice President: 2018 to 2019
• 1st Vice President: 2019 to present
She is a member of and/or chaired the following Committees:
• Membership: 2013 to present
• Poppy Campaign: 2001 to present
• Assisted House & Grounds Chair: 2009 to present
I have been involved with the Legion for almost 25 years and have held a number of positions on the Executive including Branch President, Past President, Director and Secretary.
For a number of years, I have also helped with the Poppy Campaign, Membership, branch communications (weekly email blasts/website) and thoroughly enjoy being a “Meat Draw Maven” – hosting and assisting with the branch’s weekly meat draws.
As a proud daughter of a veteran, it has been my honour to be part of a branch where veteran support and community involvement is paramount. I thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to serve on the Executive.
1. Personal Background
Bob Liley was born and raised in London, Ontario, but his business career has taken him across the country and internationally. He has lived and worked in London, Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal, Calgary, New York, and Vancouver.
Bob spent eighteen years in senior information management positions in major Canadian corporations and spent the next thirty-one years consulting internationally to Fortune 500 companies and leading public sector organizations. In this endeavour, he established and managed his own management consulting practice for many years, retiring in 2009.
He has worked extensively with senior management and boards to set strategic direction, develop strategic plans, and develop and implement the resultant business plans. His mission has been to help organizations move from where they are today to where they need to be to ensure continuing success.
2. Relationship With Branch #176
Bob has another component to his life; he is a musician. It was as a musician that he first became acquainted with the Billy Bishop Legion, a branch unlike any other Legion branch at which he had performed. He and his wife eventually became members because they were charmed by the membership and ambience at the Branch.
However, it soon became clear that the Branch was troubled, both financially and operationally. Applying his background and skills he developed a Strategic Plan (its first) to take the Branch into the next few years. From this came the development of an annual Business Plan and Budget.
Bob was invited to join the Executive Committee as Treasurer in 2018. As the result of many changes which have been introduced during his association with the Branch, 2019 was the best financial year the Branch had experienced in many years.
3. Continuing Mission
His continuing personal mission with the Branch is to ensure its long-term viability and sustainability in these difficult times, recognizing that in many ways the Branch functions as a business and needs to continue to be operated and managed as such if it is to continue to successfully fulfill its mission.
Hello, my name is Meredith. I have been Secretary for Branch 176, for roughly 3 years now, and have helped with a couple of the events volunteering like Remembrance Day. I have had the opportunity for volunteering with many different non-profit agencies including, health care, childcare, emergency services, education services, among many other organizations. I have also worked in the public, and private sectors within health care, as well as with the government on a number of different organizations including First Nations, Business, and Health care. In my spare time, I love traveling with my partner Jim Hilton around the province of BC, as well as Alberta, and love doing wildlife photography.
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I have been associated with the Billy Bishop Legion, for many years. I first came by invitation from a friend, not long after starting a new job at Canadian Pacific Airlines. I couldn’t have been made more welcome! The people were warm and friendly, the piano player (Bea Blackford), was fabulous with everyone singing and dancing and having a wonderful time.
Subsequently, I retired from the airlines and later, when my husband was diagnosed with Alzeimer Disease, I became increasingly involved with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. I was later hired by them as a Coordinator/Educator in Vancouver, Richmond and South Delta. I provided support and information, as well as education courses for families and people with dementia, education seminars for professionals, public information via Conferences, in addition to opening two Resource Centres.
Overtime, I volunteered in many different capacities and committees at the Billy, including strategic planning, decorating, planning and cooking for events such as summer BBQs, Christmas, New Years Eve and Robbie Burns Dinners. I also cooked the Friday night roast beef dinners for several years with the superb help of one of our Past Presidents, Derek Allen and long-time member and volunteer, Rosalind Smith.
My three British Uncles were all Veterans, having served in both WWI and WWII. Needless to say, The Royal Canadian Legion has very special meaning to me. That is why I feel so strongly about giving back.
Several years ago, I volunteered to be nominated for the Executive Committee, as a Director at Large. In addition, I was appointed Entertainment Chair, booking the music for our dinner evenings, as well as other events. I am so thankful for the generosity of our musicians who share their gifts of time, talent and friendship to bring pleasure to us all.
The past two years, since the Pandemic began, have been extremely challenging, but thanks to everyone – our members, guests, the leadership of our President Jim Dadd, my colleagues on the Executive, our hard working staff, and dedicated volunteers, we have been able to continue.
The Billy has a very special place in my heart and I look forward to standing in nomination for another year, for the position of Director at Large.
As a life time learner, I have the following education:
– BFA from UBC
– Diploma in Architectural Mechanical Drafting
– Diploma to teach from BCIT
For 42 years I have worked in Vancouver as a licensed contractor/builder specializing in Heritage Restorations. I am also a Building Maintenance Specialist.
My partner Debbie and I live in Kitsilano and I am the father of 2 sons.
Currently, I am the Acting House Chair for the branch and have spearheaded a number of projects including the restoration of the branch’s south wall, putting a plan in place to replace our aging shed, prioritizing building maintenance issues and assisting with regular building maintenance.
As a member of the Kits Point Military History Museum Society, I have assisted in the curation of the upstairs hall displays and am currently involved with the Defining Moments Afghanistan project. This project involves working with our local Afghanistan veterans in putting together a banner of remembrance.
It would be my pleasure and honour to be elected to the 176 Executive.
Born, raised and educated in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
18 years military service as a commissioned officer in Africa and the Middle East.
With my family, drove from Zimbabwe, through Africa, to and around Europe.
After arriving with my family in Canada in 1989, spent the next 13+ years with a Vancouver B.C. telecommunications company in various international management positions and roles and lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Shanghai.
With the relocation of the telecommunications company to the USA, opted to remain in Canada and provided specialized telecommunication consultancy services for the North American operations of a United Kingdom security organization. During this same time, I also conducted a private venture and purchased and established a business in the south of France.
For the last 12 years of my professional career, worked in a Vancouver software company managing the delivery and implementation of Workforce Management Systems to various utility companies in North America.
In 2017 I retired and since then I have kept myself busy with self interests, hobbies, part-time and charity work.
Dave has been a Director of the 176 Branch for 3 years but has been coming to the Legion for many years and is married to Past President Lisa McQuillan.
Dave is a Director at large and helps out where ever help is needed. He has been known to help install a toilet one minute then is taking back numerous bags of bottle/can recycling or helping out with the Sunday Meat Draws the next. He has also, along with Lisa, been helping to keep our website current.
Dan Thomas, CD, joined the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) the month after he enrolled at UBC, and served just over 40 years as an Army Reservist. The first half of his career was spent with his home unit, or in staff positions at headquarters in Jericho Garrison. The second half, he served as the Public Affairs Officer for 39 Canadian Brigade Group HQ in Vancouver; with Army Public Affairs and the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in Ottawa; and his favourite military job of all, embedded for two years in the RCMP-led Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit. Overseas service involved stints in Cyprus and Ukraine. He reluctantly retired from the Canadian Army in 2015.
Dan joined Branch 30, Kerrisdale, several years ago in thanks for its support to 111 (Pegasus) Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, where his sons have served, and for the Royal Canadian Legion’s ongoing support to Veterans. He has remained active with Branch 176, including filling in as Sergeant-at-Arms. He currently works as a civilian with the Department of National Defence as the Manager of the Stakeholder Engagement Office (Western Canada), nearby at the Major-General B.M. Hoffmeister Building.
Dan would be honoured to serve if elected to the Board, where he would like to work on developing relationships even further with local military Reserve units and other community allies.
2020-2021 Executive Committee
|Vice President||Valerie Merrett|
|2nd Vice President||Sid Harrison|
|Past President||Lisa McQuillan|
|Service Officer||Allan Schragge|
|General Manager||Peter Jensen|