Legion extends support throughout community

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 56 Princeton is well known for it’s dedication to Veteran assistance, but did you know that it is involved in assisting residents of Princeton in numerous other ways?

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #56 purchased two televisions; one for Princeton General Hospital and the other for Ridgewood Lodge.  (L to R) Legion 1st Vice

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #56 purchased two televisions; one for Princeton General Hospital and the other for Ridgewood Lodge. (L to R) Legion 1st Vice

Yearly support is given to community functions such as the air show and music festival, initiatives like Habitat for Humanity, youth programs such as Girl Guides of Canada and bursaries for graduates as well as aid to community support groups like  the Princeton Crisis Assistance Society,  are just a mere mention of the groups or individuals the Legion has helped out in some way.

Assistance from the Legion may come by way of request, or sometimes it is via a member bringing forth an idea at the Legion general meeting.

One such idea was brought forth by the late Cam Powley.

While spending time with his companion Jeanette and her brother Robert at both the hospital and Ridgewood Lodge, Powley noticed a need for a little extra entertainment for patients and residents.

Thinking that the addition of extra televisions would help in making a stay more comfortable, he took his thoughts to the next meeting.

Cam Powley passed away in July of this year and sadly, was not able to see his idea come to fruition. Legion members did agree to move forward with Powley’s idea and in August a cheque was presented to on-site Manager, Cherie Whittaker for the purchase of a television for Ridgewood Lodge residents and Princeton General Hospital patients.

Powley was a well liked member of the local Legion and of the community. A gathering in his honour will be held at the Legion on October 8 at 1:00 p.m.

The Legions annual Poppy Campaign begins on October 28, serving to remind Canadians of the men and women who gave their lives during war and military missions around the world.

Poppy funds collected are used for assistance to veterans, ex-service members and their families who are in need. By supporting this campaign, you not only remember those lost, you support your Legion and your community.


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