The Okotoks Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion #291, was given its Charter on October 29, 2014. This opened the door to the Town of Okotoks veterans having a specific place to go and be with their comrades in an atmosphere of military camaraderie. Currently we are the guests of the Elks hall on Elizabeth Street, but are hoping to have a permanent home in the not too distant future.


Malcolm Hughes



John MacCormack

Jan 2021 - Jan 2022

Robert "Bob" McLeod

Jan 2015 - Jan 2021 / Jan 2022 - Jan 2023

Ralph Wilson

2014 - Jan 2015


Malcolm Hughes


Rick Oncescu

1st Vice President

Linda Clements

2nd Vice President

Wally Tonn

3rd Vice President

Mandie Barker


Brent Ball


Dave Miles

Sgt. at Arms

Ron England

Service Officer

Nancy Tonn

Poppy Chair
Membership Chair

Malcolm Hughes

Youth Chair

Dana Johnson


Kurtis Sanheim


Additional Committees Information

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John MacCormack

John was born and raised in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  
He joined the Primary Reserves in Jun 1983 and shortly afterwards transferred to the Regular Force.  After almost 34 years he transferred back to the Primary Reserves.  He is currently still serving with 41 Service Battalion in Calgary as the Regimental Sergeant Major until May 2021.
During his career, he was posted to Germany, Calgary, England, Nova Scotia, Wainwright AB, and Calgary.
During those years he had the privilege of participating in UN or NATO missions in Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Israel, Syria, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.
John has been a Legion member since 2008 in several Legions across Canada.  He has held positions of Sgt at Arms, Sports officer, and a VP in the Okotoks Legion before accepting the position of President.
Currently as well as working part time with the Primary Reserves as the RSM of 41 Service Battalion, he also works for the Corps of Commissionaires, Southern Alberta where he is the Division Operations Officer. 

Robert "Bob" McLeod

Bob grew up in Hampton, New Brunswick. He joined the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) (M) in 1963 and then enrolled the regular force in 1966, becoming a member of RCEME.
He served in Borden, Lahr Germany, Egypt, England, two tours in NDHQ, two tours at the Land Engineering Test Establishment in Ottawa, (the second as Commanding Officer), Gagetown, and Shilo, retiring in 1995. On retirement he engaged in oil and diamond activities in Sudan and Guinea, consulted with PwC, served with UN missions in Kosovo and Sudan, with ATCO Frontec supporting the NATO forces in Kabul and Kandahar and in Haiti with ATCO Structures and Logistics.

Bob served as ATCO Structures and Logistics, Director of Warranty and Special Projects until retiring in 2014, and served as President of the Okotoks Legion Branch #291 from 2015 to 2021.

Malcolm Hughes

I was born and raised in an industrial and mining town in Yorkshire, England and my early years were spent during the Second World War.  Yorkshire had many Aerodromes, most of which were Bomber Command including those of Canada’s #6 Group.

My fascination with, and often the horror at the sights we saw were the seeds of my hope that I might serve in that same blue uniform as those men. I did so and served as a National Serviceman on a still classified operation called “Winkle.”

After National Service I attended University with a plan already in place to return to the service for an RAF career after my studies, but that never materialised, as I met and married Jenny without ever mentioning my “plan.” Years later, she overheard a conversation between myself and my best friend from school who had followed that path and she joined in with “you never told me, I would have loved it.”

Immigrating to Canada in 1966 with a family of three children, I joined the Legion in 1970 when I assumed my first Principalship. My Janitor was the Branch President. Moving often in Manitoba and subsequently in Alberta then BC., I belonged to more than a few Branches and while assuming many of the Branch Level roles I witnessed the changes that have come to our organisation. Elected to Zone Commander and Command Council in BC brought a wider appreciation of the work done by the Legion.

A Subsequent return to Alberta in 2005 brought immediate work at my new Branch as well as Deputy District Commander and later as Commander and Command Vice President.

The founding of our Branch in 2014 is the most significant contribution I have made during these 50 plus years of Membership and it is the thing of which I am most proud. We have a great team working to advance the Legion’s presence and the benefit we can provide not only to our Veterans but also the Community at Large.

Linda Clements

I was born and raised in Southern Alberta, and worked in the office industry in Lethbridge and Calgary. I became a member of the Lethbridge Legion in 1973, thanks to my father.
In 1992 we moved to Okotoks, where we successfully ran our business for almost 14, years.
I am a charter member of The Okotoks Legion #291 and have never looked back. The friends and acquaintances I have made while being part of this organization are second to none!!

Mandie Barker

Mandie Barker is originally from the UK having emigrated in 2008.  She served in the Royal Air Force for almost 10 years and is a 4th generation veteran.  Her first 4 years in the RAF were in Communications and the last 6 in recruiting.

Mandie is Director of National Operations for a multinational Real Estate Company and also has her own business as a Wood burner in her spare time.  She has been Secretary of the Okotoks Legion for 7 of the 9 years that this branch has been in existence.  She is also a member of the Building Committee and holds various other roles in the Okotoks Legion.

Nancy Tonn

Nancy was born and raised in Victoria, BC other than 2 years residence in Trenton Air Force Base in Ontario. After graduation, she worked as a Clerk and Transcriber for the Provincial Archives, until moving to Nanaimo, BC. After taking time off to raise her two children to school age, Nancy returned to the workforce as a Receptionist and then Senior Secretary in the Administration Department of the Regional District of Nanaimo until retirement. Nancy has been a member of the Canadian Legion since 2010 in Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, High River and Okotoks. She is looking forward to helping the Okotoks Branch 291 in any capacity she can.