The Montgomery Legion 2019 Poppy Campaign raises $85,000 for veterans

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They were there for us, we are here for them: the Montgomery Legion 2019 Poppy Campaign raises $85,000 for veterans.

February 18, 2020: Françoise Gagnon, Honourary Chair of the Montgomery Legion’s 2019 Poppy Campaign, is pleased to announce that this year’s campaign raised $85,000.00.

Pictured above from R to L are: Lionel Rowe, Past President, Montgomery Legion; Françoise Gagnon, Chief Executive Officer, ADGA Group; Mayor Jim Watson; Desirée de Waal-Fronius, Membership Chair, Montgomery Legion; Dean McCuaig, Social Media Officer, Montgomery Legion

The Montgomery Legion’s Poppy Campaign is very much a local initiative. The Campaign is run by volunteers and operates on an annual budget of approximately $4,600 to cover supplies and office expenses; all other revenue is put directly back into the community. Donations collected during the Poppy Campaign are the most important funding source for the Montgomery Legion and delivers financial support for the local Veteran community by providing:

  • Food and clothing vouchers, taxi and bus fares
  • Disability devices such as walkers, door openers, scooter batteries and hearing aides
  • Prescription drugs
  • Holiday meals to Veterans

In addition, we also provide financial support to The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Camp Maple Leaf, the Cancer Society, and the Canadian Council for the Blind to help support Veterans.

It is believed that about 2.7 per cent of the total homeless population that uses temporary lodging in Canada are Veterans.  At the Montgomery Legion we believe that one homeless Veteran is too many. We receive and pass on donations of handmade hats, scarves, and mittens and share them through the Ottawa Inner City Ministries for distribution to Veterans in need.

“At ADGA, we are proud to employ many veterans in every area of our business”, said Françoise Gagnon, Honourary Chair of the Montgomery Legion Poppy Campaign and CEO of ADGA. “I was pleased to see our team get behind this campaign. It is one of the many ways we like to show our gratitude to the men and women who have worn and wear the uniform.”

Thank you to all those who have supported and continue to support our local Veterans. We currently have a need for funding to replace the ageing elevator at the Montgomery Legion. Our elevator plays a vital role in facilitating Veterans’ accessibility to our services. To learn more about the Montgomery Legion and how you can support us in our work with Veterans, please visit our website by clicking here.

We Will Remember Them.

Media Contacts:  Dean McCuaig, Montgomery Legion | dean.mccuaig@forces.gc.ca; Wendy Cumming, ADGA | wcumming@adga.ca

The Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch #351, 330 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 2A6, Phone: (613) 233-7292

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