Bala Branch, a small Legion branch in the heart of the Muskoka district, has been reinventing itself for the new realities of COVID-19.
The branch is housed in a former public school in the village of Bala, Ont., in cottage country about 200 kilometres north of Toronto. It has some 170 members, most of whom joined in recent years.
Like many across Canada, the branch was shut down in March 2020, along with restaurants and bars across Ontario. It reopened in June, operating under all the health and safety guidelines, then closed again in December as COVID-19 cases surged.
“The biggest thing, though, is the mental health support we provide.”
President Dennis Mills, a former member of Parliament for a downtown Toronto riding, said the virus has changed the nature of the membership....