what We Do
Our mission is to serve Veterans, including serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country. More about Our History.
We support Veterans, the RCMP and their families through our Service Officer. Seniors are another priority. Through weekly meet draws, the Legion also raises money to give to local charities approved by the BC Gaming corporation.
Service Officer Support
The Service Officer works with Veterans, RCMP and their family to improve their lives. He is an ombudsman for disability claims and assists with paperwork and claim forms. Our Branch Service Officer will call you back as soon as possible if you leave a message on the contact form on the Contact Us page. The service officer will normally reply within 48 hours.
Support for Seniors
At tax time, we offer an inexpensive tax service to complete your taxes and electronically file it to Revenue Canada.
The Legion is closely affiliated with the Young Seniors Action Group Society which supports a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. YSAGS has their own web site where you can join a wide variety of activities like computer clubs, card games and hiking. You don’t have to be a Legion member to join, but many are.
Find more information at the YSAGS Website.
We co-host an annual Fathers Day Fishing Derby with prizes for both adults and youth. There are cash prizes for the biggest salmon, bass or trout. The Legion also participates in the annual Shawnigan Lake cleanup project. Also gathering donations for the Cowichan Valley food bank and Toys, Toiletries and Toques initiative.
On Canada Day, we host a pancake breakfast put on by the Mill Bay Lions. After assembly at nearby Cairns Park, a Legion colour party leads the parade into Shawnigan Lake. Come back to the Legion for cake and music.
Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cobble Hill Cenotaph are organized and conducted by the Legion. Come back to the Legion after the ceremony. Everyone is welcome – children too.
We hold a meat draw Saturdays between 3 PM and 5 PM. Money is given to local charities approved by the BC Gaming Corporation. In 2019, we gave almost $20,000.
- About 30% went to the Cowichan District Hospital and to the Frances Kelsey School;
- Another 1/3 went to charities such as the food bank, the SPCA, and Cadets.
- Many smaller amounts went to local initiatives such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer and BC ALS society.
October and November is our Poppy campaign. Money received from the campaign is used to support Veterans, RCMP and their families. A rigorous system is in place by the BC/Yukon head quarters who approve and insure the money is spent only for that purpose.