NLCDC jumps in to help brighten up Prince Albert legion

Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 2 member Marie Mathers (left) and president Rick Hodgson (right) accept a donation from Northern Lights Community Development Corporation general manager Blake Charles (centre) on Thursday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Things will be a lot brighter at Prince Albert‘s Royal Canadian Legion branch thanks for a recent donation from the Northern Lights Casino Development Corporation (NLCDC).

On Thursday, NLCDC general manager Blake Charles presented the legion with a cheque for $10,656 to cover the cost of new LED lighting inside the building.

Charles said the legion is a natural fit for the NLCDC, which gives out roughly $6-million annually to service clubs, non-profits and other organizations in the Prince Albert area.

“Bottom line, they needed some assistance. They needed to (upgrade) their building here,” Charles said. “In order for them to function as a legion, they need to have their building in good shape.”

Charles added that there’s always a strong demand for NLCDC funds. Thankfully, this year they had more than enough funds to cover this project, as well as several others.

“It’s quite competitive,” he explained. “There are a lot of groups in Prince Albert and the R.M. of P.A. and the R.M. of Buckland, but the merit was there for them to get that support and we’re happy to do it. We had enough funds to be able to distribute, so a lot of those groups were able to get a little bit of something.”

Work will start next week on the new lighting project, which will not only brighten things up inside the building, but also help save the legion some money on their power bill.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 2 president Rick Hodgson said this isn’t the first time they’ve asked the NLCDC for support, and they’ve never disappointed.

“They are a good supporter of the legion. When we went in for new lighting, they were the first ones we thought of. We filled out our grant and they accepted it,” Hodgson explained. “It’s going to help our legion out down in the auditorium and up in our lounge.”

The legion also expects to draw on a few SaskPower grants to help pay for any costs that aren’t covered by the NLCDC donation.