Le­gion finds a new home

For­mer school cafe­te­ria meets need to host events, hon­our mem­bers

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW ROBINSON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 15 in Har­bour Grace has a new space to call its own. Mem­bers of the group are now us­ing the cafe­te­ria and the for­mer pri­mary school in the com­mu­nity for Le­gion events.

A lo­cal Le­gion with­out a home to call its own is back in busi­ness.

Last Fri­day, mem­bers of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 15 in Har­bour Grace wel­comed spe­cial guests to of­fi­cially open its new space, lo­cated in­side the cafe­te­ria of the for­mer pri­mary school build­ing.

After the for­mer Le­gion build­ing on Har­vey Street was sold, mem­bers took over the old Sco­tia­bank. With the Town of Har­bour Grace now oc­cu­py­ing that build­ing, mem­bers needed to find a new space.

Ac­cord­ing to Branch 15 pres­i­dent Paulette Mor­ris­sey, a lot of con­ver­sa­tions took place with lo­cal MHAs and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies.

“Just through know­ing that this lo­ca­tion was here and all the other op­tions were ex­hausted, this is where it worked out the best,” she said.

In ad­di­tion to oc­cu­py­ing the old cafe­te­ria, whose walls are now dec­o­rated with me­men­tos from the lo­cal Le­gion’s 94-year his­tory, the group has a kitchen it can use for var­i­ous func­tions. They’ve also spruced up the space con­sid­er­ably over the last few weeks, tak­ing the time to paint walls, re­place ceil­ing tiles and lights, amongst other tasks.

“They’re ec­static,” said Mor­ris­sey of the mem­ber­ship. “Ev­ery­body is so happy. You can feel the en­ergy in the room. It’s elec­tric.”

Hav­ing the space may pro­vide an added boost to mem­ber­ship for Branch 15, which has been on the rise as of late. It cur­rently has 35 mem­bers.

Sev­eral politi­cians were on hand for the open­ing, in­clud­ing Avalon MP Ken Mac­Don­ald, MHA Pam Par­sons, and Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Bar­rnes. Barnes is also a mem­ber of the lo­cal Le­gion, as is his fa­ther.

“The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion is dear to my heart,” the mayor said Fri­day, also men­tion­ing his grand­fa­ther’s ser­vice in the Mer­chant Navy. “It is a priv­i­lege to be here to­day hon­our­ing this in­sti­tu­tion, which works and en­sures we re­mem­ber the men and

The group is al­ready mak­ing it­self at home, hav­ing held its an­nual ban­quet and awards night in the new clu­b­room. Spe­cial awards and pins were pre­sented dur­ing the event to Roy Ab­bott, Barnes, James and Marie Dicks, Timmy Pasha, Tina Reynolds, Bar­bara Sam­ple and Linda Smith. Eileen Ped­dle and Ken Shep­pard re­ceived 30 and 35-year ser­vice pins re­spec­tively, and Mor­ris­sey was pre­sented with a medal of com­men­da­tion.


Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 15 in Har­bour Grace has a new home. It’s in a for­mer school cafe­te­ria.


Beothic Sea Cadets Able Sea­man Do­minic Mans­field, left, and long-serv­ing Le­gion mem­ber Her­man Har­ris cut a cake to of­fi­cially ded­i­cate the new home for Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 15 in Har­bour Grace. Har­ris, 80, has served in al­most ev­ery ca­pac­ity imag­in­able dur­ing his time with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.


Jim Dicks and Her­man Har­ris are two of the long­est-serv­ing mem­bers of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 15.


women who fought and served and sac­ri­ficed so much for the free­dom that we have to­day.” Paulette Mor­ris­sey, a re­tired vet­eran of the Cana­dian mil­i­tary who served in Afghanistan, is pres­i­dent of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 15.

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