Silver Cross Mother

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A Silver Cross Mother is chosen each year by the Royal Canadian Legion to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on behalf of all mothers who have lost children in the service of their country. The title is named for the Silver Cross, a medal awarded to such mothers by the Canadian Forces in the name of Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada.

List of Silver Cross Mothers[edit]

Year Name Address In memory of
2017 Diana Abel Brampton, Ontario[1] son, Cpl. Michael David Abel, d. 3 May 1993, in Somalia
2016 Colleen Fitzpatrick Prince George, British Columbia[2] son, Cpl. Darren James Fitzpatrick, d. 20 March 2010, in Afghanistan
2015 Sheila Anderson Yellowknife, Northwest Territories[3] son, Cpl. Jordan Anderson, d. 4 July 2007, in Afghanistan
2014 Gisèle Michaud Edmundston, New Brunswick[4] son, Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud, d. 4 July 2009, in Afghanistan
2013 Niki Psiharis Laval, Québec[5] son, Sgt. Chris Karigiannis, d. 30 May 2007, in Afghanistan
2012 Roxanne Marie Priede Grand Forks, British Columbia[6] son, Master Cpl. Darrell Jason Priede, d. 30 May 2007, in Afghanistan
2011 Patricia (Patty) Braun Raymore, Saskatchewan[7] son, Cpl. David Braun, d. 22 Aug. 2006, in Afghanistan
2010 Mabel Girouard Bathurst, New Brunswick[8] son, CWO Robert Girouard, d. 27 Nov. 2016, Afghanistan
2009 Della Morley Winnipeg, Manitoba[9] son, Cpl. Keith Morley, d. 18 Sep. 06 in Afghanistan
2008 Avril Dianna Stachnik Waskatenau, Alberta son, Sgt. Shane Stachnik, d. 3 Sep. 06, in Afghanistan
2007 Wilhelmina Beerenfenger-Koehler Embrun, Ontario son, Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger, d. 10 Feb. 03, in Afghanistan
2006 Alice Murphy Conception Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador son, Cpl. Brendan Murphy, d. 27 Jan. 04, in Afghanistan
2005 Claire Léger Stittsville, Ontario son, Sgt. Marc Léger, d. 17 Apr. 02, in Afghanistan
2004 Agnes Dyer Montreal, Quebec son, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, d. 17 Apr. 02, in Afghanistan
2003 Charlotte Lynn Smith Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia son, Pvt. Nathan Lloyd Smith, d. 17 Apr. 2002, in Afghanistan
2002 Doreen Coolen Hubbards, Nova Scotia son, Pvt. Richard Anthony Green, d. 17 Apr. 2002, in Afghanistan
2001 Ina Galvin East Bolton, Quebec son, Cpl. Daniel Galvin d. 29 Nov. 93, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
2000 Carol Isfeld Courtenay, British Columbia son, Master Cpl. Mark Isfeld d. 21 Jun. 94, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
1999 Loyala Helen Park London, Ontario
1998 Anna Zuk Winnipeg, Manitoba
1997 Alice Taylor Ottawa, Ontario
1996 Margaret Langille River John, Nova Scotia
1995 Elsie Wells Edmonton, Alberta
1994 W. Baerr Yorkton, Saskatchewan
1993 Isabella Hutchings St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
1992 Ida Orser Hartland, New Brunswick
1991 Alice Taylor Ottawa, Ontario
1990 Elsie Pearce Trenton, Ontario
1989 Rachel Morin Rimouski, Quebec
1988 Hazel Driscoll Halifax, Nova Scotia
1987 Secondina Di Persio Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia
1986 Mabel Bateman Richmond Hill, Ontario
1985 Rose Bernst Thunder Bay, Ontario
1984 Olive Hunter Summerland, British Columbia
1983 Constance Wylie Vancouver, British Columbia
1982 Mrs. John E. Fraser Debert, Nova Scotia
1981 Isabel Harrison Bury, Quebec| sons
1980 Greta Steeves Elgin, New Brunswick
1979 Eliza Beatty Carlyle, Saskatchewan
1978 J. Cantley Montreal, Quebec
1977 Mary Little Welland, Ontario
1976 Olive Jubb Victoria, British Columbia
1975 C.L. Wilkinson Ottawa, Ontario
1974 Mrs. Thomas Rudd Stettler, Alberta
1973 Maragaret Santo Kipling, Saskatchewan
1972 Marie Louise McLeod Wiarton, Ontario
1971 Mary Anderson Selkirk, Manitoba
1970 Mrs. Lloyd R. Meech North Sydney, Nova Scotia
1969 Wilhemina Grey Vancouver, British Columbia
1968 Pearl Rich Vancouver, British Columbia
1967 Elsie Adams St. Catharines, Ontario
1966 Mrs. George Stephens Toronto, Ontario
1965 Nora Wagner Teeterville, Ontario
1964 Bernadette Rivait Windsor, Ontario
1963 Mary E. Stodgell Norwood, Manitoba
1962 V. Lanteigne Caraquet, New Brunswick
1961 Sylvia Kimmel Mission, British Columbia
1960 A.J. Cantin McCreary, Manitoba
1959 W.B. Anderson Craigmyle, Alberta
1958 Helen Forestell Coniston, Ontario
1957 Z. MacFarlane Truro, Nova Scotia
1956 A.J. Reynolds Chatham, Ontario
1955 Mrs. Leboldus Vibank, Saskatchewan
1952 Mrs. Dan McCann Ottawa, Ontario
1950 Mrs. John Beasley Ottawa, Ontario
1949 Mrs. Marie Aline D’Aoust Ottawa, Ontario
1947 Mrs. Martha Labarge Ottawa, Ontario
1944 - 1946 Mrs. Jessie Isobel Olga McCleery Ottawa, Ontario
1942 Mrs. Sarah Wilkins Lamplough Ottawa, Ontario
1939 - 1941 Mrs. Catherine Lewis Ottawa, Ontario[10]
1936 Mrs. Charlotte Susan Wood Winnipeg, Manitoba


  1. ^ "The Royal Canadian Legion names National Silver Cross Mother 2017". Legion. November 1, 2007. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  2. ^ "Fitzpatrick named National Silver Cross Mother". Citizen 100. November 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  3. ^ "Royal Canadian Legion Announces Silver Cross Mother". Net News Ledger. November 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  4. ^ "New Brunswick's Gisele Michaud named Silver Cross mother for 2014". The Prince George Citizen. October 31, 2014. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  5. ^ "Legion Announces Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother for 2013-14". Royal Canadian Legion. November 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  6. ^ "B.C. woman whose eldest son died in Afghanistan named as Silver Cross Mother". Hamilton Spectator. Hamilton. November 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  7. ^ "Sask. soldier's mom named Silver Cross Mother". Leader-Post. Regina. November 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  8. ^ "N.B. woman named Silver Cross Mother". CBC News. November 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  9. ^ Woods, Allan (November 11, 2009). "One woman bears nation's grief". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  10. ^ "The Unveiling of the National War Memorial". National Capital Commission. 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-10.

External links[edit]

  • Reading and Remembrance [1][2]