The Legion is one of the few available halls remaining in Fort St. John that can be rented by the public for functions. Northern Development provided funding support for repairs and upgrades to the hall, which had experienced significant water damage due to a leaking roof. The repair and upgrade project ensured that the Legion would remain available for use by the public.
2012-The Royal Canadian Legion has been a part of Fort St. John for almost ninety years and is an organization that supports veterans and the community at large. The Fort St. John Legion provides a meeting place for the Ladies Auxillary, the local cadets, Lions Club, Kin Club, Elks and the Order of the Royal Purple. It is also home to the Stock Car Club, Snowmobile Club, Dart Club, Pool Club, North Pine Fair, Crib Club, Drag Race Club and the Oil Wives.
"I lease the kitchen from Branch # 102 and do all the Branch catering. With the roof upgrade I am able to book the hall and banquets without fear of having to cancel functions. The increased revenue will help the Branch meet their commitments to the community."Lynn Gonvig, Owner and Operator, Lynn's Kitchen
Positive Economic Impacts in Fort St. John
The Legion is home to a priceless collection of war memorabilia that is of great interest to veterans, the general public and school tours. Now that the roof has been upgraded, the branch no longer has to worry that it will be lost to water damage. The upgrade has also ensured that the hall will be sustainable for many years to come. Without the Legion, many community groups would not have a meeting space to hold their weekly, monthly, and annual events. By being proactive, the Legion was able to prevent any increased damages from occuring.