Legion branches and members across the country contributed generously to the Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief Fund, raising $1,243,662, President Chris Strong told delegates at the 50th Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention held Sept. 22-24 in Edmonton.
The fire, which started in late April 2016, devastated the town. “In the area where McMurray Branch is, the branch and three buildings which are practically adjacent were the only buildings untouched by the fire,” said Strong.
However, there was still extensive damage caused by smoke and water. “We gave the branch $272,556—and that was just to cover those things that the insurance company would not cover,” said Strong.
Another $474,081 went to individuals and families. The fund assisted 21 veterans, the RCMP veterans associati...