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Message From the President

March 2021


There are many signs of spring now so we are hoping for brighter days in the future. Recently, we heard from Dr. Henry that some relief looks hopeful soon. First I would like to sincerely thank all that have been supporting our legion during these difficult months. I understand the frustration that can be attached to the ongoing pandemic even just wearing a mask. Please just remember our members and particularly our seniors both in the branch and in the community when you put your mask on.


Regarding sporting activities at the branch, we have had multiple correspondence with Dr. Bonnie Henry’s office, the Minister of Health and VIHA with no positive results to date. This has had an adverse impact on our branch business and that is unfortunate. We are well aware that the rules have not been applied equitably so other businesses have been allowed to continue to run. At this point, we can only hope that the closures are removed sooner rather than later so that the branch can offer these vital services once again.


During the last week, clinic locations for vaccinations have been detailed. If you are over the age of ninety, I would urge you to reach out to public health and call 1-877-374-0425 to set up an appointment if you have not received a call. The Westshore clinic will be at Eagle Ridge Arena on Langford Parkway. But please do not call if your age category is not up.


The executive and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting us through our lunch and dinner specials recently. This has certainly helped our financial bottom line during this difficult period.


I would like to provide a brief update on the branch rebuild and housing. We have submitted our application to BC Housing and are currently waiting for approval for funding. Regarding the legion itself, we have completed some extensive reviews. Unfortunately, the costs have gone from three hundred dollars a square foot to five hundred dollars for a new facility. Furthermore, underground parking is approximately sixty to seventy thousand dollars per stall. Lumber costs have also increased dramatically. Unfortunately, this has now resulted in a new estimate of fifteen million for a complete rebuild of the legion. Our review clearly shows that the monthly costs would simply not be sustainable in the future. It is on that basis, that we have advised our developer that a renovation of our current facility is the appropriate option and that the branch would hire its own construction manager for the project. We do apologize to those of you who may be disappointed but the executive will not put our branch at any sustainable risk in the future. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office.


In closing, continue to stay safe and as always, we hope to see you at the branch in the coming days!


Norm Scott

President

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