Proclamation Page

Quote from Proclamation:
...Whereas the war brides along with their returning husbands joined the ranks of the workers, entrepreneurs and leaders of the burgeoning economy of Newfoundland and Labrador and helped provide a solid foundation for the next generation of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians; and...

The Letter
  • Jackie's letter to Premier Williams

  • Photos taken by Gary Alcock and
    George French, Corner Brook Museum and Archives

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  • Mrs. Catherine S. Kirby Signs the War Bride's Proclamation May 14, 2009

  • Signing The War Bride's Proclamation May 14, 2009

  • May 14, 2009 In the House

  • Mrs. Joyce Samms signs the War Bride Proclamation July 31, 2009

  • The War Brides Get their Proclamation July 31, 2009

  • War Bride Marion Hann Told her story July 31, 2009

  • War Brides Group photo July 31, 2009

  • View Videos

  • Presentation of Proclamations Corner BrooK. Part 1

  • Presentation of Proclamations Corner BrooK. Part 2

  • The War Brides receive their Proclamations

  • Jackie Thank's You to the War Brides

  • View Proclamation here

    Contact MHA Tom Osborne's office for a signed copy at

    Many Thanks To:

    MHA Tom Osborne, who put the Proclamation together, MHA Terry Loder, The Honourable Minister Dave Denine, MHA , Kathy Elliot, curator of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, and her staff that helped out in Corner Brook.

    Special thanks to the two War Brides, Mrs. Catherine Kirby who signed the Proclamation in St. John's and Mrs. Joyce Samms who came all the way from Port aux Basques to sign the Proclamation in Corner Brook. These women represented the more then 450 war brides who stayed and made their homes in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Mrs. Kirby represented the War Brides from the East Coast and Mrs. Samms represented the War Brides from the West Coast.

    Special thanks to Mrs. Marion Hann who gave the War Bride speech in Corner Brook and represented the War Brides that entered the province through the central area by flying to Gander, Newfoundland.

    Also attending in Corner Brook were representatives from the Central area and the Northern Peninsula.

    A special thanks to the staff of the Corner Brook Legion. The museum staff that helped serve, Sobey's and Coleman's stores for the War Bride cakes and a big thank you to our local Dominion store for supplying the potted roses for the War Brides.

    Thank you, to my husband Gary Alcock and George French of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives for taking photos that are featured on these pages.

    Thank you, to Honorah Sheppard Sanford for making and editing the videos.

    Thank you, to my daughter Amy who was my Girl Friday for the event in Corner Brook.

    A warm Thank you, to all the family and friends who came out to make these days special for this important group of women who helped make our province what it is today.

    Thank you all again,
    Jackie Alcock

    Updated Feb. 17, 2011

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