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Legion Founders Award Announced

Joseph Boyden honoured for highlighting Veterans

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/16/14 -- Mr. Joseph Boyden, an acclaimed Canadian author and lecturer is the Royal Canadian Legion's second recipient of the Legion's Founders Award, announced today at the Legion's Convention in Edmonton.

The award, recently introduced, is given to an individual or an organization for extraordinary achievement in an area that exemplifies and advances the purposes and objects of the Legion in the spirit and vision of the Legion's founders.

Of Irish, Scottish and Anishinaabe heritage, Boyden writes about First Nations heritage and culture. "Three Day Road," his debut novel about two Cree soldiers serving in the Canadian military during World War I, was inspired by Ojibwa Francis Pegahmagabow, the legendary First World War sniper. His novel won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2006, and was a nominee for the 2005 Governor General's Awards. It previously won the inaugural McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award. Finally, Three Day Road was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2006.

Canadian stage, television and film actor Paul Gross was the first recipient of The Royal Canadian Legion's Founders Award in 2012.

Joseph Boyden, born October 31, 1966, is a Canadian novelist who grew up in Willowdale, North York, Ontario. Joseph's father Raymond Wilfrid Boyden was a medical officer renowned for his bravery was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and was the most highly decorated medical officer of World War II.

Joseph studied at York University and the University of New Orleans, and subsequently taught in the Aboriginal Student Program at Northern College. He is currently a Lecturer with the UBC Creative Writing Program. He divides his time between Louisiana, where he and his wife, Amanda, are writers in residence, and Northern Ontario.


Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 300,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 440 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

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