January 15, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brockville, ON – Today, Michael Barrett, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand—Islands and Rideau Lakes, announced nearly $108,000 in federal funding to support Royal Canadian Legion branches across the community.
This is the first allocation of the Veterans Organizations Emergency Relief Fund with money distributed through Dominion Command, totaling $107,978.33 to these local legions who applied:
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 105 Cardinal – $10,845.05
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 484 Mallorytown – $10,845.05
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 Fort Wellington – $10,845.05
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 604 Spencerville – $9,000.00
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 475 Kitley/Toledo – $10,845.05
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 Kemptville – $10,845.05
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 245 Merrickville – $3,313.00
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 231 Rideau Lakes – $9,750.00
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 491 Seeley's Bay – $10,000.00
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 Brockville – $10,845.05
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 92 Col. Russell H. Britton – $10,845.05
“We have been pushing the government for this critical support to Royal Canadian Legions, and thanks to the advocacy of veterans organizations like our local branches and community members, I am pleased to be able to deliver funding to Legions across our community that will make it possible for the dedicated staff and volunteers to keep doing the great work of supporting veterans and their families,” said MP Barrett.
As a result of COVID-19, many Legion branches across Canada are closed and have faced financial difficulty. The funding announced will help with operational costs such as utilities, facility expenses, and wages.
“Ensuring that veterans and their families have the services and benefits they deserve will always be a priority, and I look forward to continuing the work with our local legions to deliver important services to support and honour our veterans,” added MP Barrett.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 475 Kitley/Toledo, President Mark Stevens:
“Branch 475 Kitley/Toledo is very relieved to receive this much needed financial assistance to weather the pandemic a while longer, so that we can continue our work to support Veterans and remain an important part of our community in the future.”
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 491 Seeley’s Bay, President Rob Fernell:
“The funding through the Veterans Organizations Emergency Relief Fund will keep our doors open during these difficult times and help us continue serving the community. We are thankful for MP Barrett’s assistance in pushing for this funding.”
For more information:
Office of Michael Barrett, M.P.
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