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Legion gets boost for upgrades, needs more volunteer help

by Isabel Mosseler
Tribune


The veterans and members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 225 (RCL 225) came out in full regalia on March 12 to welcome MP Marc Serré (Nickel Belt) for the announcement of a $19,891 grant through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, designed to “foster social inclusion and engagement by seniors.” The money is earmarked for the Legion’s project “Seniors Cooking for Seniors” and will help them acquire a new stove and furniture for their well-attended suppers, which are crucial to their fundraising efforts. Event MC Gilles Lecouteur also welcomed dignitaries Mayor Joanne Savage and H2 Zone Commander Don McDonald.  

Marc Serré noted the role the RCL 225 plays within the community. “Thanks for the work done in our community, the fundraising, the community support, the activities within the building, and you support a lot of good causes in the area,” he acknowledged. He made special note of how the branch supports seniors within the community, through donations to Au Château among other initiatives.

Serré added that the Legion needs additional equipment and support, and he encouraged branch president Denise Driver to seek more help. “We now have a minister responsible for seniors, and under that portfolio there is funding available… I’m here today because of the work you have done putting proposals together… There’s a lot of work to be done with installing the stove, it has to be brought through a window. I would encourage local businesses to come together to help the Legion; they need a crane… Support the activities so the money can go further. (…) With these dollars they can do more fundraising, more lunches, more suppers, to make sure we can repair the building.”

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