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Westlock Legion gives back to the community

Annual funds to help local groups
The Westlock Legion recently distributed funds from the 2023 poppy campaign to local community groups and non-profit organizations during a presentation at the Legion Feb. 12. In addition, the ladies auxiliary also gave back to the Legion, donating $15,000. Ladies auxiliary president Jeanne Roska, left presents a cheque to Westlock Legion president Dave Hall, right.

WESTLOCK — The Westlock Legion has donated several thousand dollars  to local community groups and non-profit organizations, including this year’s recipients, the Westlock Army Cadets, the Westlock Continuing Care Centre and the Hope Resource Centre.

Money raised in the 2023 poppy fund was distributed and presented to the various groups in a presentation Feb. 12 at the Westlock Legion. A total of $4,264.46 was given to the Westlock Army Cadets, $2,362.50 went to the Westlock Continuing Care Centre, and $1,000 which was raised from Bingo events and Nevada tickets was given to the Hope Resource Centre Association.    

Unit support committee president for the 2467 Westlock Army Cadets, Mary Ashton-Groulx, said they greatly appreciate the money received and it will help support regular training for cadets and help fund excursions.

“The cadets support committee is responsible for raising the money associated with all but the very basics that the cadets provide … so everything over and above that is parent funded,” said Ashton-Groulx. “So any help we get, especially large donations like that from the Legion are incredibly helpful and greatly increase the amount of opportunities that we can provide to the cadets that are part of our core.”

Seniors health manager Meagonn Forstey, at the Westlock Continuing Care Center, said the money they were given from the Legion will have a positive impact for the residents and staff and will help upgrade a basic duet bicycle for continuing care residents to enjoy outdoors this summer.

“Our season is so short, so to able to get more people (out) in a day and maybe for a longer ride, that’ll really make a big difference,” said Forstey. “It’s a bike for the residents …they are carried in the front of the bike and then recreation staff controls and pedals the bike, so they get the bike experience in a very safe way.”

The current duet bicycle operates manually and the upgrade will include an electric motor assist, which will benefit both residents and staff at the continuing care center.

“I think the biggest feature of having that electric motor upgrade is just that the residents will be able to enjoy a little bit longer ride and I think it’ll also make the bike more accessible to a wider group of staff to assist,” she added.

In addition to the Legion providing funding to community groups the Westlock Ladies Auxiliary also gave back to the Legion, donating $15,000 they raised over the past year.

“Most of that money comes from catering events,” said ladies auxiliary president, Jeanne Roska, noting the donation is something they try to do every year. “The reason that the legion auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion was formed was to help out the legion, so that’s our main purpose.”

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Kristine Jean

About the Author: Kristine Jean

Kristine Jean joined the Westlock News as a reporter in February 2022. She has worked as a multimedia journalist for several publications in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and enjoys covering community news, breaking news, sports and arts.
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