Legion finds a new home
Former school cafeteria meets need to host events, honour members
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.