Chris Robinson receives $2,000 on behalf of Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association from Royal Canadian Legion Chemainus Branch 191, represented by treasurer Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chris Robinson receives $2,000 on behalf of Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association from Royal Canadian Legion Chemainus Branch 191, represented by treasurer Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Legion still does its part despite COVID downturn

A total of $8,000 in donations made to community groups

The ability to donate has been reduced substantially, but the Royal Canadian Legion’s Chemainus Branch 191 keeps doing all it can.

“Annually, we usually give $35,000 in the community,” noted president Len Lavender.

COVID-19 has obviously put a huge crimp in those plans, but a total of $8,000 was still presented to community groups from available funds.

“It’s a bit different,” treasurer Janet Mitchell indicated. “We haven’t had bingo since March. All this money has come out of our meat draw account.”

The meat draws have also been subjected to a recent shutdown due to ever-changing provincial health guidelines.

The Legion provided Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association and the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank with $2,000 each. Donations of $1,000 apiece were made to the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 257 Parallel, Fuller Lake Skating Club, Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Society and Chemainus Secondary School’s Parent Advisory Council.

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Barbara Swanson receives $2,000 on behalf of the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank from the Chemainus Legion 191 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion’s treasurer Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Barbara Swanson receives $2,000 on behalf of the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank from the Chemainus Legion 191 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion’s treasurer Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chris Robinson receives $2,000 on behalf of Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association from Royal Canadian Legion Chemainus Branch 191, represented by treasurer Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)