Wilberforce Legion building upgrades celebrated
By Angelica Ingram
More than a year ago members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 624 put pen to paper and began filling out a grant application for the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
On Nov. 8 those same members along with MPP Laurie Scott and others gathered at the Legion in Wilberforce to celebrate the fruits of their labour, which resulted in nearly $50,000 of funding for the building.
“I would like to congratulate you on a job very, very well done,” said Kathryn Rogers, grant review team member for OTF. “You made a good case for the grant.”
In total the Legion’s OTF committee secured $49,500, which was used to make the washrooms more accessible, replace aging doors, build a shelter for the exit door and purchase a back-up generator, the latter was put to use during last weekend’s wind storm.
Chairperson of the committee Hilary Klapow thanked all those who contributed to the project, including the volunteers and construction work of Dave Logan of Logan Enterprises.
A plaque was dedicated to the Legion by Scott and Rogers.
“The Legion is such a pillar in the community, especially in Wilberforce,” said Scott.
First-vice Jan Sorenson highlighted the building can now act as an emergency shelter with the addition of the generator if needed in the future.