Funds to help with improvements at the Legion

Members of the Ponoka Legion were pleased to hear they received funds from the federal government to make improvements

Members of the Ponoka Legion were pleased to hear they received funds from the federal government to make improvements in their building.

The announcement was made Tuesday, March 17 by Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins during the Legion’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. He told the crowd that the Legion will receive $22,055 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which is intended to help seniors maintain a good quality of life, said Calkins.

Legion president Sybil Evans said she can’t wait to use the money to put in new flooring, buy new chairs and do a few other minor improvements to the building. She said they first applied for the grant last summer when they heard about it.

When she heard the application was approved, she could hardly contain her excitement. Evans said the flooring in the Dominion Lounge is the original carpet of the building.

Calkins feels supporting the Legion is important considering many of its members are seniors. “Seniors are the ones that have a lifetime of experience.”

He says the New Horizons program also provides support for elder abuse awareness.