March 07, 2023 – Ottawa – The Naval Association of Canada’s National Naval Reserve Monument Revitalization Project received a significant boost through a $50,000 donation over two years from gold-level partner, the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF), with the first $25,000 contribution occurring today.
Located in Ottawa, the monument was created in 1973 for the 50th anniversary of the Naval Reserve to honour those having served in this branch of the Royal Canadian Navy as part-time sailors. The RCNBF’s contribution will support the complete renovation of the monument and surrounding plaza to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Naval Reserve in 2023. These efforts ensure a safe, accessible, and appropriate gathering place to celebrate Canada’s Naval Reserve, and will be completed ahead of a re-dedication event in the fall.
RCNBF Executive Director, Gay Hamilton, stated that “commemorating veterans of Canada’s Navy with fitting tributes, such as the National Naval Reserve Monument, is a key component of the Fund’s mission to honour and support those who devote themselves to the service of Canada at sea. We are delighted to take a leadership role in this worthwhile project and participate in the Naval Reserve’s celebration of its first 100 years.”
Marta Mulkins, Chairperson of the National Naval Reserve Monument Association Steering Committee, Commodore, RCN (Reserve) shared, “We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund for their generous donation to the revitalization project. With their help the National Naval Reserve Monument will be fully restored as a tangible symbol that honours the past and inspires the future of the Naval Reserves”.
Gay Hamilton, Executive Director
Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF)
National Naval Reserve Monument Association