The Royal Canadian Legion Number 7, at 780 Summit Ave., is shutting down due to a lack of volunteers (Google Maps)

Victoria Legion goes belly-up due to lack of volunteers

Victoria’s Britania Branch 7 is up for sale

After 100 years in service, members of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Brittania Branch No.7 in Victoria will have to find somewhere else to go.

The Legion’s headquarters, at 780 Summt Ave. is up for sale, but not for financial reasons.

READ MORE: Brittannia Legion in Victoria bucking the national trend

“We do not have enough members interested in taking over an executive role,” said Legion president Keith Yow. “We have 390 members on our rolls, but not enough young people to volunteer.”

While the club is dissolving, Yow said members hope to still do volunteer work, and support the community and other Legions in a style similar to the Lions Club.

The Legion No. 7 is following suit to changes seen at other Legion branches, including No. 172 in Esquimalt, which had its building shutdown in favour of a new development at 622 Admirals Rd. The Esquimalt Branch will be stationed inside the new development, a 12-storey assisted living building – upon completion.

ALSO READ: Future of Esquimalt Legion finally clear

“I don’t mind, it’s just one of those hits. You just can’t get volunteers, and it’s a problem everywhere,” Yow said. “The Shriners, the Lions… everyone is having the same problem.”

The Legion No. 7 building, which has over 5,500 sq.ft., and its surrounding lot which is an additional 10,000 sq. ft. is for sale for $1,675, 000.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Just Posted

Almost 150 hectares purchased for parks in the CRD

Capital Regional District purchases two sites to increase park connectivity

Victoria shatters its oldest temperature record

B.C. sees fourth straight day of record-breaking warmth

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts visits Victoria for Comic Con

He says he’s looking forward to the event, but don’t ask him where the snake is

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps hires new chief of staff

Alison James will take over as head of strategy and operations on April 23

Timelapse shows Blue Morpho chrysalis morphing at Butterfly Gardens

One of many speices of butterlflies at the Buterfly Garden

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Teen girl accused in plot to attack Kamloops school with weapons out on bail

Judge warned the girl she would be back in jail if she threatened to shoot anyone

Parksville’s mystery cowboy revealed

Kevin Gourlay’s horse garners attention for being ‘parked’ outside a liquor store

Crown drops one assault charge against B.C. man linked to human remains probe

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will still stand trial on one count of assault causing bodily harm in December.

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

Minor injury cap, court restrictions take effect April 1 in B.C.

Trans woman hopes funding cut will send message to B.C. rape crisis group

Rape Relief does not turn transgender women away and often connects them to other services, group says

Most Read