Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grant Supports Fonthill Legion

Fonthill – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, joined Marvin Junkin, Mayor of the Town of Pelham, and Diana Huson, Regional Councillor, along with local councillors and executive and local members of Branch 613 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fonthill today to announce $148,900 in funding received through a capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“The Fonthill Legion is an important service organization in our community serving veterans and their families, as well as so many others,” said MPP Oosterhoff.

“I am thankful for the work they do and grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in recognizing their need with a capital grant to construct a more accessible front entrance at the Legion Hall in Fonthill. I congratulate Branch 613 and thank them for the vital contributions they make to our local community!”

Upgrades at the Legion Hall will include a renovation of the front entrance, including the installation of automatic doors, improved lighting, and an accessible outdoor walkway.

“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for our Talbot Trail Branch,” said Toni McKelvie, President of Branch 613 of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“These funds will be used to renovate the front entrance of our building, resulting in easier access for those who have mobility challenges. On behalf of our 300 members, I would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as MPP Oosterhoff, Mayor Junkin and Councillor Huson, for supporting our submission.”

“Pelham is very fortunate to have such a hard-working group from our local Legion that serves the whole community,” said Marvin Junkin, Mayor of the Town of Pelham.

“From the countless number of meals served to support for local veterans, their impact on Pelham residents has been very positive. It is encouraging to see other levels of government supporting the Legion, and this funding will enable the great work of Branch 613 to continue.”

“Our local Legion is a cherished community hub,” said Councillor Huson.

“We welcome this provincial investment for this important space to ensure it can meet the accessibility needs of our community and continue to be enjoyed by all, regardless of physical ability.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s leading community granting foundations. In 2023/24, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $31 million in 295 non-profit organizations through the Resilient Communities Fund and $39 million in 448 non-profit organizations through the Capital Grant Stream.