Branch News

July 22, 2021

How I survived the pandemic

COVID-19 has stretched the limits of everyone. This past yeas has been difficult. Not only have we been faced with the real possibility of losing someone we love to a monstrous virus, but also that we might also contract the virus ourselves. We have been cut off physically from our friends and family.

Socialization is important even in these times. For some of us, what we miss most is the contact with our grandchildren. The question of how we can maintain the bond with them is most troubling.

My answer to that came from a friend who had posted a picture of a tea party she was having with her grandchildren on line. She was also reading a book to them. I decided I should try that so I sent an invitation to my two grandchildren in Oakville to join me for a tea party.

Our first tea party was traditional,  my granddaughter (6 years old) wore a formal gown and a tiara. My grandson (5 years old) wore his favourite lion outfit. I wore a hat and shawl. I had made the decision to read two books, one that she would like and one that he would like.   

That was the beginning. Now a few months later, they are reading their school books to me. I have started to give them Nana quizzes about family. They are also giving me art lessons  and we are maintaining that special bond that started when they were born.

The best of all is that we have lots of virtual hugs and kisses.

Everyone has their way of surviving COVID-19 whether it be going for long walks or knitting. I survive by keeping the special bond alive with my grandchildren.

Submitted by Gloria Cayea 

April 28, 2021

Canadian Coast Guard, National Day of Mourning Ceremony

Canada observes a National Day of Mourning each year on April 28 to commemorate workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposures.

For the second year in a row, given the ongoing pandemic, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) will not be holding an in-person ceremony at the site of the CCG memorial; the monument is to honour those CCG employees who died while on duty.

The memorial is located at the north end of Fort Street in Sarnia (access through Point Edward). It is located north east of the water treatment plant and adjacent to the fixed navigational aid on the site.

Feel free to drop by the monument to reflect on the list of names of those from our CCG region being honoured. 

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of a small team of CCG alumni who volunteer time monthly to keep the monument site neat and tidy.

CCG Memorial Sarnia

CCG Memorial Sarnia location


Feb 8, 2021

Hello to all Bluewater Branch Members

Year 2020 is behind us now, but proved to be a very trying year due to the Covid-19 virus bombarding us. I hope everyone stayed healthy and safe. Although we are not able to congregate and enjoy each other's company, rest assured, you are all thought about by the Bluewater Branch Board.

The Bluewater Board has had two online zoom meetings: October 1, 2020 and February 2, 2021. The next Board meeting is scheduled for March 2, 2021.

Plans are moving ahead to hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 14th, 2021 as an “all members “ Zoom meeting. More details will follow at a later date. Please visit our Branch's web site at for status updates. So, things are starting to move, slow but sure.

In the meantime, everyone please stay healthy and safe.


Pat Mason
Outreach Coordinator.

Nov 23, 2020

A Remembrance Day Wreath

A Remembrance Day Wreath has been laid at the cenotaph in Sarnia on behalf of our Branch. There were a very limited number of wreaths available this year and we were lucky enough to be able to purchase one on behalf of our Branch.
This year due to COVID-19 they are unable to hold the usual parade from the Legion Branch to the cenotaph in Veterans Park. They are also restricted from holding the usual Remembrance Ceremony normally held at the cenotaph in Veterans Park.
More information can be found in their media release which can be accessed by clicking here to retrieve the Sarnia Legion Media Release and on the Sarnia Legion Branch 62 web site.

Bluewater wreath.




Nov 6, 2020

The Canadian Coast Guard is looking to solicit retirees that are interested in working on a casual basis. Please see details below:

Hello Canadian Coast Guard retirees, 

As a Canadian Coast Guard retiree, you have a valuable collection of knowledge that could be put to good use. We have our heads full of projects and we lack the resources to see them through to completion!

That's why we came up with the idea of creating a pool of experienced former employees to assist us with the various needs of the region as they arise. We are therefore looking for passionate people who would like to return to work periodically to help teams with special projects, hiring processes, to be ambassadors at recruitment events (virtual or in person), etc. The possibilities are endless!

Whether you would like to return to work part-time or full-time, return-to-work arrangements are flexible and will be adapted according to your availability.

Did a spark of interest arise in you upon reading this email? If so, please send us an email with the following information: 
-    Your motivations (ambassador, hiring process, special projects, field in which you specialize, etc.);
-    Full-time or part-time schedule preference;
-    Periods of the year when you are available; 
-    Any other information that you feel is relevant to share.

Please respond to:

We look forward to talking with you and, above all, to seeing you again!

Recruitment Team / L’équipe de recrutement
Canadian Coast Guard, Central Region | Garde côtière canadienne, Région du Centre
Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Pêches et Océans Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
Canadian Coast Guard    @coastguardcan