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UELAC Honours and Recognition

Honorary Officers | Bicentennial Service Award | Dorchester Award
Order of Meritorious Heritage | Loyal Americans Hall of Honour | Philip E. M. Leith Memorial Award
Book of Remembrance & Memorial Fund | Obituary Protocol

Honouring and Recognizing

As it takes a village to raise a child, the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada has relied on the support of a vast community of members, historians and other organizations to secure its vision:

To enrich the lives of Canadians through fostering public awareness of our national history, and, in particular, of the United Empire Loyalists and their contributions to Canada, while also celebrating their memory and perpetuating their heritage as an integral part of the Canadian identity.

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So much has been achieved by volunteers during the past hundreds years, not in the pursuit of recognition but for the greater gain of our organization. In return, from time to time, UELAC has sought to express its appreciation to those who have served above and beyond to secure the Loyalist epoch in our country's history. The purpose of this section will be to acknowledge the varied forms of gratitude expressed over the years.

National: Honorary Officers

Honorary positions such as Honorary President and Honorary Vice-Presidents are decided at the Annual General Meeting in recognition of service to the Association.

Current Honorary Officers

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, CC, CMM, COM, CQ, CD, Governor General of Canada.

Honorary President
The Hon. Peter Milliken PC, OC, UE, BA, MA, LLB, LLD

Honorary Vice-Presidents:
None current

Honorary Officers Who Served in the Past

The following list of those who have served previously is incomplete.

Previous Honorary Vice-Presidents:
Mr. Todd Braisted UE, Mahwah, NJ 2007 until 2016
Dr. Wallace Brown, MA, PhD, F.R. Hist.S., Fredericton, NB until 2016
Dr. Dorothy Duncan, O.Ont., LLD, FCMA, Orillia, ON 2004 until 2016
Mr. Zig Misiak, MET, Brantford, ON 2008 until 2016
BGen. W.J. Patterson UE, OMM, CD, MA, FAPT, Kingston, ON until 2016
Sir Conrad Swan, KCVO, KGCN, PhD, LLD, FSA, Garter Principal, King of Arms Emeritus, England until 2016
Mr. Gavin K Watt, C.M.H., King City, ON 2000 until 2016
Mr. Robert D. Watt UE, FRHSC, MA, Ottawa, ON until 2016
Dr. Ian E. Wilson, CM, D.Litt., LLD, FICA, Ottawa, ON until 2016
Mrs. Mary (Teed) Gillis, UE, Middleton, NS until 2011
Ms. Orlo Jones, Cross Roads, PEI until 2015
Prof. Hereward Senior, UE, PhD, McGill University, Montreal, QC until 2013
Mrs. Liliane M. Stewart, OC, O.St.J., DLJ, Montreal, QC until 2014
Dr. Earle Thomas, MA, PhD, Kingston, ON until 2013

National: Bicentennial Service Award

To mark the bicentennial years of 1983 and 1984, the Dominion Council of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, dedicated a series of awards for leading members of the association. A special certificate and an appropriate medal were designed for presentations over the two years. Twenty members, one for each decade of celebration, were recognized for outstanding contribution and exceptional service to the life and work of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.

Honoured Recipients


  • John A. Aikman, Hamilton Branch
  • Mrs. Elizabeth M. Blair, Toronto Branch
  • Mrs. Rita C. Bower, Shelburne Branch
  • E. J. Chard
  • D. Stuart Gilmor, Toronto Branch
  • Mrs. Elizabeth J. Hancocks, Gov. Simcoe Branch
  • Miss Mabel L. Kelly, Hamilton Branch
  • Henry N. Ruttan,
  • Mrs. Doreen G. Todhunter, Vancouver Branch
  • Dr. Horace G. Walton-Ball, Gov. Simcoe Branch


As presented by Col. The Hon. John R. Matheson and Senator Eugene Forsey to:

  • L. Col. Frank Cooper, Sir Guy Carleton Branch
  • Mr. John A. Eaman, London Branch
  • Mrs. M. Jean Goodger, Dominion Secretary, Gov. Simcoe Branch
  • Mrs. Ruth Gould, Grand River Branch
  • Miss Louise Hill, Fredericton Branch
  • Mr. Charles J. Humber, Gov. Simcoe Branch
  • Mrs. Kathleen Hymas, Calgary Branch
  • Mrs. Audrey Kirk, Toronto Branch
  • Dr. Allan Walters, Bay of Quinte Branch
  • Mr. James R. Zavitz, London Branch

National: UELAC Dorchester Award

The UELAC Dorchester Award established October 2007 by Dominion Council exemplifies Volunteer Excellence and Participation, by conferring recognition on recipient(s), for their lengthy contribution to the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada. Exclusive to the UELAC membership, this Award salutes the "best in volunteerism" amongst our members within the Association

Honoured Recipients

Heritage Branch: The Most Honourable Order of Meritorious Heritage

Established 01 May 1974, the last Companions of the Order were admitted in 2002. In 2007, Heritage Branch turned over the MHOMH to the UELAC. The UELAC Dorchester Award was developed by the Volunteer Recognition Committee to replace the former honours approach.


Honoured Recipients

  • Recipients listed in chronological order
  • Recipients listed in alphabetical order with a brief biographical note on each.

Bay of Quinte Branch: Loyal Americans Hall of Honour

The Legacy of Loyal Americans ~ Hall of Honour was created in 2003 by the Bay of Quinte Branch. It has the following purpose: to identify and celebrate those descendants of the United Empire Loyalists who have made significant achievements, either locally, nationally or internationally.

Honoured Inductees

  • Inductees listed in chronological order with brief biographical notes.

Philip E. M. Leith Memorial Award

Established in 2006, the Vancouver Branch inaugurated the Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Medal to be awarded annually to a person, from the Pacific Region, as recognition for their outstanding volunteer work on behalf of the association.


Honoured Recipients

Book of Remembrance, and Memorial Fund

UELAC offers an opportunity for members and friends to suitably honour a deceased person by having their name entered into the UELAC Book of Remembrance. This can be accomplished by completing a form and making a donation to the Memorial Fund. This Fund supports projects which help to preserve and promote the Loyalist heritage.

Obituary Protocol for Loyalists

It is permissible, in an obituary of a Regular or Affiliate UELAC Member, to use the letters UE after their name. The Mark of Honour or UE after the names of the original Loyalists or their descendants alludes to their great principle "The Unity of the Empire."

Unfortunately, the postnominal is sometimes printed as UEL (with or without the periods). This is quite incorrect, as the designation UEL is used to refer to ONLY the original United Empire Loyalists.

If a symbol of the Association is desired for a pubication or for funeral cards, the Members Badge or Cypher is recommended and may be used.

The Armorial Bearings have occasionally appeared with obituaries of deceased members, on funeral cards etc. This is an inappropriate use of the Armorial Bearings which are copyrighted. Any use of the Bearings requires written permission of Dominion Council.