The Royal Canadian Legion branches are being drastically affected across the country by the pandemic. It is becoming more and more apparent that some branches are in economical dire straits due to the loss of revenue caused by COVID19. Many branches rely on renting their facilities, hosting special events, as well as bar and food services to keep them afloat.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15, Cochrane has been affected somewhat by the economic downturn caused by COVID19 too. Legion President Karen Bruens says they are doing alright, for the moment. She says, "Financially, we are okay. I am not going to say we have pockets and pockets of money, but we are stable.. It is thanks to the Cochrane and area people, as well as our members, who have been very generous to us by supporting our programs, coming in for our Friday night steak BBQ’s and Bingos, and monetary donations to the Legion and our Veterans.
The Cochrane Legion is open for business providing beverage and bar food service. As well, the chance to play shuffleboard and darts. For now, AHS is not allowing any card playing.
Hours of operation are:
Tuesday to Friday 4 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 1 pm to 6 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm
One of the Cochrane Legion's most popular events is the weekly Friday night steak BBQ. Bruens says they are not sure when they will be able to restart the popular event but are hopeful for some time in September.
While times are tough for the Cochrane Legion, as it is for all businesses, it could be worse. President Bruens cannot stress enough how grateful we are for the support received from the Cochrane and area residents.
To go to the Cochrane Legion website, click here