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When the War Brides first arrived in Canada, organizations like the Red Cross, Women's Institutes and the Salvation Army took it upon themselves to organize War Brides Clubs in their local districts.
All across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Cape Breton, War Brides Clubs were a welcome relief for young women who were happy to get together with others like themselves. Having shared the experience of coming here to Canada on board the War Brides Ships and across Canada by War Bride Train, they had plenty to talk about!
Some times the clubs gave lessons in French or English (where necessary), cooking and Canadian culture, but they were mainly an opportunity for these new immigrants to gather with others who were, quite literally, "in the same boat."
Many lasting friendships were born of the original War Brides Clubs, but as the years wore on, and children started to be born, there was less of a need for organized War Brides Clubs in cities, villages and towns across Canada. Raising a family and becoming part of the great Canadian landscape overtook the need to be with "your own kind" and the War Brides Clubs faded into the past.
In the 1970s, however, there grew a renewed interest in getting together again with other War Brides. With the children grown up and moved away, husbands retired or deceased, there seemed to more of a reason to re-establish those old links and into the fold came Gloria Brock, a Saskatchewan War Bride who single-handedly established the foundation for what we now know today as the War Brides Clubs and Provincial War Brides Associations. What follows is Gloria's story of the formation of the Canadian War Brides Associations.
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