André Paquette



André is an ordinary member of the Legion and a native of and long-time resident of Chapleau, Ontario where he worked for Canadian Pacific Railway for more than 40 years. He also found time to dedicate his personal time towards The Royal Canadian Legion since 1974. His focus continues to be the long term sustainability of the Legion and its mission statement.


As a former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve Component) for some four years, André is keenly aware of the important role the Legion plays regarding service to veterans, Remembrance and the impact the Legion has had on communities all across the country. He joined the Harry Searle Legion Branch#5 in 1974 and, since then, he has been elected to positions at the branch, zone, district, provincial and dominion command levels. At the recent Dominion Convention in St John’s, NL in June 2016, André was re-elected as Dominion Command Vice-President and has been appointed Chairman of the Dominion Command Poppy and Remembrance Committee.

André also spent many years as Vice president for the Chapleau Ski Club and still retains his membership as a member of the Moose Lodge.


Joined Canadian Pacific Railway in June of 1966 and remained there until August of 2006 when he retired after 40 years of service as a Safety and Regulatory Rules Instructor for the CPR.


André is a graduate from Chapleau High School and went on several courses for the CPR in order to become proficient on heavy equipment, fall protection and rescue, propane handling and distribution, confined space entry, spill response etc…, to name a few.


Married to his wife Jane, they have four boys: Ian, Brian, Scott and Patrick Joseph (PJ), along with eight grandchildren. Both Jane and André enjoy the outdoors as they spend as much time as possible at the camp from Spring until Fall. Eating fresh fish and savouring vegetables right from the garden are a must for them. Hunting is also another big part of their lifestyle that they look forward to each year.

André was awarded the Legion Meritorious Service Medal in 2010. Awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.