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Alan Russell

1923-2012

Alan Russell

Alan Russell was born on August 7, 1923, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and joined the Canadian Army in 1942 as a Physical Training Instructor. He lost his left leg below the knee in an accident while on duty in Canada. He was discharged and joined The War Amps soon after in 1945.

Mr. Russell continued his education at the University of British Columbia, graduating with both a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree, and was called to the Vancouver bar in 1952. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a Barrister and Solicitor before retiring in 1984.

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • The National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA) Citation for Service to Canada’s War Veterans and Widows

He held several executive positions within the Association, including:

  • National Vice-President (1990-1993, 2002-2005)
  • National President (1994-1997)
  • Immediate Past President (1998-2001)

Mr. Russell also attended numerous CHAMP seminars, sharing his knowledge and positive outlook with child amputees and their families. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Membership, Meritorious Service Membership and Honourary CHAMP Membership from The War Amps, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. From the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA), he received the Citation for Service to Canada’s War Veterans and Widows.

He passed away on March 30, 2012.

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • The National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA) Citation for Service to Canada’s War Veterans and Widows