Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tree Ceremony Sunday January 25, 2015

For the 50th Anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill come to Beacon Hill Park and celebrate his legacy.

Join Les Leyne, Chris Gainor and friends and admirers of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island
2 pm, Sunday January 25 
Mayor's Grove, Beacon Hill Park
Join us and raise a glass to Mr. Churchill - the greatest man of the 20th Century.

Watch Turing Codebreaker Movie with Olive Bailey

6:30 Monday Jan 12, 2015  CODEBREAKER 

Join Movie Monday at the Eric Martin Theatre (corner of Fort and Lee Streets in Victoria) to watch the Codebreaker movie with our own Olive Bailey who was actually at Bletchley Park and remembers Alan Turing!

This drama-documentary explores the genius and weakness of Britain most famous codebreaker, whose team was responsible for unraveling the enigma code, so vital to the allies’ success in WWII. He is revered as a pioneer of computer science – and the subject of a new film dramatic film The Imitation Game.
This screenplay hinges around psychiatric appointments, a particularly interesting angle for us to watch in the MM Theatre.  62min 2011 Pg13

Olive Bailey is a favourite at the Churchill Foundation of Vancouver Island and has wowed many a crowd for the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island's speakers bureau with her stories of her work at Bletchley Park.

Take a moment to read the true story of Andrew Bailey's grandmother Olive Bailey's service as a codebreaker for MI5 and the Allies at Bletchley Park in World War II.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Churchill in North America, 1929

Dear Board of Directors:
You and the members of your Churchill Society might be interested in the new blog on Winston Churchill that I recently started. In addition to the blog posts, the site includes a WSC timeline, WSC photographs, and a bibliography.

The blog is at

I would welcome any comments or feedback the members of your society may have on the blog. Feel free to pass along the URL for the blog to anyone who may find it interesting.

The members of your society might also be interested in my new book, Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States published by McFarland.
The book includes a chapter on his visit to British Columbia, which included stops at Victoria and Vancouver. In B.C., among other activities, Churchill delivered speeches to enthusiastic audiences, opened the provincial exhibition in New Westminster, inspected the naval station at Esquimalt, toured a logging camp, and went fishing from a yacht off of Vancouver Island.

More information on the book can be found at:

Best regards,

Brad Tolppanen

Bradley P. Tolppanen
History Librarian
Eastern Illinois University

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mr. Churchill's 140th Birthday Luncheon

 Appeasing Germany in the late 1930s

 Although Winston Churchill was a decided opponent of the appease- ment polices of Neville Chamberlain’s government at the time of the Munich Agreement and after, he actually came late to the realisation that Nazi Germany constituted a major threat to European and, thus, British security.  His memoirs and hagiographic treatments by uncritical admirers of his views about Nazi Germany after 1933 avoid this fact.  This presentation will assess his actual views and slow odyssey in understanding the German menace.

BJC McKercher, FRHistS

Brian McKercher is Professor of International History at the University of Victoria.  He has written widely on the Anglo-American relationship in the 20th Century and, lately, he
has turned his attention to the problem of Germany in British foreign policy from 1897 to 1939.  In his work, Winston Churchill has decided prominence.

November 22, 2015

Admission: $40 per person (includes tax & gratuities), $35 for members & guests prepaid  Register by Nov 18: please send cheque to SWCSVI, 11016 Tryon Place, North Saanich BC V8L 5H6 or use PayPal at  Inquiries: please phone Dan at  250 727 2830          

Arrive 11:00 a.m. Presentation from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm followed by 

HOT LUNCH BUFFET Fresh Baked Rolls, SALADS: Greek, Yukon Gold Potato, Fresh Baby Spinach Salad & Thai Vegetable Noodle Salad
PLATTERS: Fresh Vegetable & Dip, Pickle & Relish Tray & Gourmet Deli Meats. HOTS: Rice Pilaf or Roasted Potatoes & Organic Steamed Vegetables, 
ENTREE: Wild Salmon Filet with Ponzu Sauce, Penne Primavera & Fresh Pesto Sauce 
~Assorted Dessert Squares, Tea & Coffee

Event ends by 1:45 pm at latest!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Talent Abounds at Coast Collective Colwood

It was a stunningly beautiful day in Colwood on July 12. The talented artists who took part in the plein-air contest produced lovely landscapes that were appreciated by the many guests at the Acres of Art event.

The Churchill Foundation was represented by President Joan Robinson, (in blue) Membership Chair Margaret Pyper, (in white) and Executive Director Mayo McDonough (in pink).

First Prize went to Richard Linzey

Second Prize went to Linda Anderson

Third Prize went to Michael Hassjis