IODE recognizes exemplary volunteer community service given by a member, unit or detachment of the RCMP with a prestigious annual award.
IODE promotes Canadian culture, welcomes new Canadians at citizenship courts, honours fire fighters and police officers, donates flags to school children and assists with the beautification of parks.
IODE honours and provides support to the families of deployed Canadian Forces members through Military Family Resource Centres.
IODE members contribute more than 750,000 volunteer hours annually to community work through a variety of activities.
Each year, on Remembrance Day, wreaths are placed at the National Cenotaph in Ottawa and at the cenotaph in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to remember and honour those who have fallen, while serving our country. IODE members placed more than 122 wreaths across the country. more...
IODE Volunteer Hours
The history of volunteerism in IODE can be highlighted with this fact, that our members raised $12,000,000 in the Two World Wars to purchase hospitals, hospital ships, ambulances, a bomber and fighter aircraft. Relief to prisoners of war and refugee camps, libraries and canteens for servicemen and thousands of volunteer hours were among the many contributions in both wars.
Today, IODE members provide over 750,000 volunteer hours annually to community work through a variety of activities. Across Canada, Citizenship Courts, youth shelters, schools, seniors’ homes, hospitals, and numerous other institutions are the benefactors of IODE members’ time and talents.
Assistance for Canadian Veterans Overseas
Since 1950, IODE members have provided needy Canadian WWI and WWII veterans and/or their spouses living in Britain with a Christmas voucher or cheque.The financial help is used in many ways.... more
Supporting Canada's Armed Forces
IODE was founded in 1900 by Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal who recognized a need for loyal support for Canadians departing to fight with the Empire forces in South Africa during the time of the Boer War. IODE members raised funds to send comforts to the soldiers in South Africa and the men of the Royal Navy. more...
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