By Mark Squibb | Vol. 32 No. 14 (June 19 2019)
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 are the happy recipients of a $25,000 grant from the federal government.
The money will go towards revamping the kitchen and upgrading equipment, including purchasing a deep fryer.
Bob and Daphne Hillier submitted the application for the grant. Elmer Andrews is the Project Chair, overseeing the work making sure the Legion gets the biggest bang for their buck, while Ed Leonard acts as the co-chair and helps Elmer with everything, while making countless trips to the lumber yard and hardware store for supplies. Jim Banfield, who at first offered a week’s labour and a month later is still coming daily, has done all the carpentry work free of charge. Dave Cluney, a local businessman and caterer, donated a propane stove, and advised on appliances, services, and designs.
“Many other Legion and community members have given assistance when needed, and St. Thomas of Villanova loaned us scaffolding. This truly is a community project of seniors working for seniors,” said Branch 50 President Eileen Kavanagh.
She added that Branch 50 members appreciate receiving the federal grant and all the people who have helped, but are especially grateful for Elmer, Ed and Jim for the many hours and hard work they have put into the project.
Avalon MP Ken McDonald was on hand to announce the funding on Friday, June 7, which is provided through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which supports projects designed by and for seniors to help make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.