Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 second vice president Helene Boudreau (left) with bartender Kim Piercy. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 second vice president Helene Boudreau (left) with bartender Kim Piercy. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Quesnel Legion on the lookout for volunteers

“Volunteers are very hard to come by these days.”

It’s a lot of work to manage a kitchen for Helene Boudreau.

The second vice-president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Quesnel was busy last month making soup and sandwiches in the kitchen that had been without a volunteer cook for some time.

On Saturday, Aug. 14, she had made a variety of sandwiches including ham and cheese, sloppy joes and BLTS with tomato vegetable soup.

“Next Thursday, it will be something else, I don’t know,” she said.

“I’ll decide on Wednesday what I’m making, but hopefully, we can find someone willing to take over our kitchen and do some deep frying and give us a hand.”

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Volunteers for most organizations are becoming increasingly difficult to find, Boudreau admitted.

Most volunteers are aging, with Boudreau herself in her 70s.

She also has other commitments at home, including looking after her 90-year-old husband, whose health she described as not great.

“But if worse comes to worst, I may have to be in here the way I have been for the last couple of months which is too much,” she added.

Boudreau said volunteering and giving back to the community is something the younger generation needs to think about, even though they are busy with their jobs, children, and other activities.

The local branch is currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and had resumed hosting their meat draws late last month.

As things hopefully pick up, Boudreau said they would consider being open on other days as well.

Most she said are looking forward however to when dances will return.

“Even the bands are asking us when,” she said.

The Quesnel Legion will be hosting a Federal Election Candidate’s forum on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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