BARRY’S BAY – In a brief visit, MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Cheryl Gallant extended her kind words to the staff and members of Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay, Thursday, March 4.
Gallant came to mark the successful application of the Branch for funds related to the Veterans Organization Emergency Support Funding. The Branch was awarded $10,845.04 as a part of the program.
When Gallant asked whether there were special plans for the money, Branch President Heather Poliquin said that the money will help with the day-to-day expenses of the Legion, especially in light of the challenges of COVID, which has really forced the contraction of their events over the year.
Gallant was, however, happy to hear about the fact that the Legion is still running its pancake breakfasts and is looking forward to opening its patio soon.
The MP had positive words for the Legion and its work. She mentioned that February 28 marked the 30th anniversary of the end of the Persian Gulf War. She mentioned that young people might not be able to rely on textbooks to pass on this history, and that that is one of the reasons why the Legion is so important.
She also said that the importance of the Legion also lies in the comradery it provides, and in its generosity to the community.
For her part, Poliquin noted both the service the Legion provides but also people’s generosity to it too. She mentioned in particular a young teenager who raised $130 for the Legion, selling Tupperware.
Despite the masks and the social distancing, Gallant was warmly received by the Legion members whose visit was greatly appreciated.