Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association
The idea of the sons and daughters forming a group to assist the Hong Kong Veterans Association (HKVA) first surfaced at the 1993 National Convention in Dorval QC. This idea was based on the concern that HKVA members were beginning to struggle due to advancing age and increasing health problems, having less energy to fulfill their association's aims. The result was a proposal which was was presented and accepted by the HKVA National Executive in 1995.
The veterans established the first Commemorative Board with each Branch of the HKVA nominating a representative. At the HKVA recommendation, legal counsel was sought for the fledgling organization. A list of Objectives was prepared by the new Board and submitted to the veterans. It was hoped that we would have at least 2000 members (one from each family of the C Force member) but was recognized that membership fees would not be sufficient and funding would be necessary. Charitable Organization status was very quickly recognized as essential. Our lawyer took the initial steps to obtain Letters Patent, prepared an organizational structure and drafted our first By-Laws.
The process began in late 1997 when the application was submitted to the government for approval and the Charity number was finally assigned in 2001.