The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
June 11 - June 14 Dominion Conference 2009
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Dominion Conference 2009
The Loyalist Settlement Experience 225
Napanee, Ontario

Congratulations to Bay of Quinte Branch UELAC on a memorable weekend in Napanee and Adolphustown, Ontario. As Brian Tackaberry, Conference Chair and President of Bay of Quinte Branch explained, "It is in Adolphustown that the first band of settlers, the Associated Loyalists, arrived on June 16, 1784, under Major Peter Vanalstine, as part of the territory surveyed out for the disbanded troops and their families by Major Samuel Holland." The Loyalist Encampment at the United Empire Loyalist Heritage Center and Park at Adolphustown created a fitting picture of earlier times in Upper Canada.

The AGM held on June 13 included representation from all branches with four sending proxies: Abegweit, Calgary, Manitoba and Thompson-Okanagan. The number of delegates was fifty-six.

A ceremony to honour Loyalist ancestors included participation by members of every UEL branch in placing floral tributes at the Loyalist Memorial in the 18th century Loyalist Cemetery and Burial Grounds.

Sunday morning service took place at Canada's oldest surviving Methodist Church, Hay Bay Church - 1792. For many years the abandoned structure served as a farmer's grain storehouse until reclaimed in 1910 by the Methodist Church, who recognized it as a national treasure.

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada Annual Conference 2010 will take place June 3  - 6, 2010 presented by the Pacific Region Branches: Chilliwack, Victoria, Vancouver and hosted by the Thompson-Okanagan Branch at the Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre in Vernon B.C.

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