In the fall of 2000 a group of ex-United Nations Peacekeepers in and around Winnipeg decided to form a Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping here in Winnipeg. Initiated by Ivan Poitras and assisted by Norm Van Tassel, Dennis Henderson and Gord Criggar, who formed the first Executive, and supported by 22 others the basis for the Chapter was laid out. After many meetings, on the 6th of December 2000, the Manitoba Chapter was born.
As the membership grew, it was found that new members were coming in to Winnipeg from all parts of the Province, especially the western parts. It was then decided that the Manitoba Chapter should split to form a second Chapter in Brandon. At this time it was also decided that the name Manitoba Chapter would have to be changed to differentiate between the two Chapters. Each Chapter then decided on its own unique name at their respective General Meetings
The one based in Winnipeg approached LGen (ret) RR Crabbe to use his name for the Chapter. He graciously accepted and the Manitoba Chapter, based in Winnipeg, became known as the "LGen RR Crabbe Chapter". The newly formed Chapter based in Brandon became known as the "Holopina Chapter".
The LGen RR Crabbe Chapter holds meetings on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Unit 283, 3584 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. We meet for breakfast at 0800 and have our meeting at 0900. If you are a Peacekeeper and would like to find out more about us, please drop by or use the CONTACT US page.
Goals of CAVUNP
- To constitute an Association for Canadians who served with the United Nations peacekeeping forces;
- To perpetuate the memories and deeds of our fallen comrades who lost their lives in defence of freedom;
- To co-operate with other Veteran's Organizations having comparable aims and objectives;
- To foster unity and comradeship among its members;
- To establish Regional and Provincial bodies throughout Canada;
- To donate to schools and public libraries, literature on Canada's participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Forces;
- To encourage, promote, engage in or support National, Provincial and Community services for charitable purposes;
- To raise and coordinate funds for assisting those mentioned in the preceding paragraphs;
- To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives;
- The Association shall be non-political and non-sectarian.