>> Gary Krestinsky, President, Revelstoke Legion
Our sustainability locally is an issue.
We have an old building and aging infrastructure that is expensive to maintain. Our membership is stable, but our elder members are dropping out from helping due to age and other restrictions. Our main sources of revenue are our bar, lotteries and events.
“Try to remember that Remembrance Day is one day, but veterans and their families need help 365 days a year.”
The government—although we are a non-profit agency—puts artificial barriers in our way. Most of our income goes to the community. The rules are quite prohibitive. We get 15 per cent after lotteries and events, and the remainder goes to other charities. We don’t begrudge the charities at all, but we have difficulty driving enough revenue.
It’s a tough go. I’d say we’re stable, but our main economic difficulties stem from maintaining our large building through government grants.
Try to remember that Remembrance Day is one day, but veterans and their families need help 365 days a year. You can help by volunteering and getting involved in events, and recognize the Legion year-round.