On October 24, Council and staff gathered with members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #406 to unveil a recently donated bench. The bench sits on the site of the Barry’s Bay’s original cenotaph, which was adjacent to the Township Office prior to moving to its new home at the Legion.
Formed on May 18, 1961, the Ladies Auxiliary raised funds to donate to various charities, including St. Francis Memorial Hospital, the Valley Manor, area schools, and youth sport organizations. A regular at community events, the Auxiliary kept busy for 62 years before disbanding earlier this year. During the presentation on October 24, Mayor Willmer took the opportunity to thank representatives Leah Kinghorn and Maureen Kiedroski for their many contributions to the community.
The Ladies Auxiliary consider this bench their final act of service to their community, and will provide a lasting legacy for the group.