Thursday, April 24, 2014

Joan Robinson Named President of SWCSVI and CFVI

The Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island and the Churchill Foundation Vancouver Island have new Boards of Directors.  The AGM was held March 25, 2014.

President Joan Robinson
Vice-President Sidney Allinson
Treasurer Nancy Vivian
Secretary Joel Fagan

Members at Large
Special Event Chair                         Dan Munro
Membership Chair                          Margaret Pyper
Youth & Social Media Chair            Josh Lindner
Communications/ Publicity Chair     Dagmar Haupthoff
Website Chair                                Fiona Bramble
Planning and Development            Ian Pyper

Ex Officio Roles
Archivist                                          Mary-Jane Shaw
Volunteer Executive Director CFVI Mayo McDonough
UVic Liaison                                    Heather Travers

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dr Joel Fagan's talk "Churchill and the Jews" at AGM March 25, 2014


Tuesday March 25, 6 pm
Victoria Golf Club
1110 Beach Drive, Victoria
Soup and Sandwich Supper
$30 non-member; $25 member; $25 youth

Speaker Dr. Joel Fagan
Topic: Churchill and the Jews

Dr. Joel Fagan was born in Hamilton, Ontario and trained in pediatric medicine in Toronto and Montreal.  He practiced and taught pediatrics at the University of Calgary from 1974 to 1995 then moved to Victoria becoming the medical director of the Queen Alexandra Centre for children’s health. He retired in 2000. He and his wife Sandy have 2 adult daughters and are anticipating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2014. For many years Dr. Fagan has had an interest in 20th century military history, in particular the career of Winston Churchill.  He was an early member of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island and is currently its secretary. He is an active member of the Jewish community in Victoria.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Get your own copy of the Churchill Companion

The Churchill Companion: A Concise Guide to the Life & Times of Winston S. Churchill is published by the Churchill Centre. This handy, pocket guide was originally compiled by the late David Hatter, but the editing of this new publication was completed by Finest Hour editor Richard Langworth, with the able assistance of many Churchill experts.

The Churchill Companion offers twenty-eight categories of ready-reference information on the life and times of Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) for students, scholars and researchers, together with Internet references for further reference.

We have been able to get 30 copies of the Churchill Companion that we will make available for $10 each (plus $3 shipping anywhere in Canada if needed). Contact Mayo at to reserve a copy. You can pick it up at the Tree Ceremony or have it mailed to your address!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Don’t Miss the Churchill Tree Ceremony Sunday January 19 at 2 pm

Sun Jan 19, 2 pm
Mayor’s Grove
Beacon Hill Park (Quadra St entrance)
Victoria, BC

Rather than plan a formal luncheon program, we thought it would be fun to meet at 12 noon at the Bengal Room of the Fairmont Empress as a “muster station” and enjoy a curry or other delicious fare.  Everyone can order and pay individually. What a good chance to catch up with fellow Churchill Admirers.  Note: Mayo will make a group reservation for those that contact her at .

At 2 pm we will meet up at the hawthorn that Winston Churchill planted in Mayor’s Grove near the Quadra Street entrance to Beacon Hill Park!  Our gathering will mark the 49th anniversary of Churchill’s death on January 24, 1965. Les Leyne will lead us all in a toast to the great man.

Feel free to wear your best bow tie!

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Burstall Challenge Update

Thank you to the 16 supporters whose donations total just over $2,500!

We still need to raise $2,500 before the AGM, March 25, to take full advantage of Vic Burstall’s $5,000 challenge. If you’ve considered donating to the Churchill Foundation Vancouver Island, this is a good time to do it!  If you donate $25, Vic’s match makes it $50 and then the UVic anonymous donor matches that – so your $25 donation results in a $100 contribution to our scholarship fund!!

Just click on the red "donate now" button at the top of the page to go to a secure interface to make your donation.  You will receive your tax receipt immediately!