The United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians through knowledge of the past, in particular the history of the United Empire Loyalists and their contribution to the development of Canada.
The United Empire Loyalists were generally those who had been settled in the thirteen colonies at the outbreak of the American Revolution, who remained loyal to and took up the Royal Standard, and who settled in what is now Canada at the end of the war. For more about the Loyalists, read the History of the UELAC.
In addition to perhaps one Canadian in ten having a Loyalist ancestor, many others of Loyalist descent live elsewhere – in the United States, in commonwealth countries such as Australia and New Zealand, and scattered around the world. The subjects in the menu to the left reflect the activities of many members of the Association, the branches, and the Association itself.
Activities of the UELAC are guided by six key directives stated in its Mission Statement.
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.
This vision statement was adopted at the Annual General Meeting June 8, 2002.
Our Mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate the history and traditions of the United Empire Loyalists.
We will accomplish our Mission by:
- Uniting, in a Canadian-based association, descendants of families who remained loyal to the British crown during the American Revolutionary War, as well as persons interested in the Loyalist era and early Canadian history.
- Supporting the collection and cataloguing of documents, books, artefacts, memorabilia and genealogical data relating to the United Empire Loyalists.
- Facilitating and publishing research related to the United Empire Loyalists in the form of historical and family research journals, books, newsletters and digital media.
- Providing Loyalist education resource materials and encouraging research through scholarship support.
- Assisting in the construction and preservation of Loyalist monuments and memorials in Canada.
- Participating in projects and activities which honour and celebrate the legacy of the United Empire Loyalists.
This mission statement was adopted at the Annual General Meeting May 30, 2015.
The Directors of the UELAC include all of the people and positions listed below. The Officers are the same but excluding the Regional Councillors.
President: Sue Hines, UE
Past President: Barbara J. Andrew, UE
Senior Vice President: Patricia Groom, UE
Treasurer: Scott Hazelwood
Secretary: Jo Ann Tuskin, UE
Vice President, Atlantic Region: Brian McConnell, UE
Vice President, Central East Region: Anne Redish, UE
Vice President, Central West Region: Heather Smith, UE
Vice President, Prairie Region: Gerald Adair, UE
Vice President, Pacific Region: Carl Stymiest, UE
Councillor, Atlantic Region: David Peters
Councillor, Central East Region: Bill Russell, UE
Councillor, Central West Region: David Kanowakeron Hill Morrison, UE
Councillor, Prairie Region: Joyce Lidster, UE
Councillor, Pacific Region: Frans Compeer