A new vertical lift at the Sackville Legion was recently dedicated in memory of the late Allan Sears, longtime chaplain of Branch 26 and navy veteran. Above, Allan's widow Mary Sears and his daughter Mary Elizabeth unveil the new lift during the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Legion last Wednesday afternoon. TOWER PHOTO
SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sackville Legion building just became much more accessible.
With funding support provided by various partners, the local legion was recently able to install a vertical elevator lift, providing easier access to the second floor of the building.
“The lift to the upstairs makes it much more accessible and opens this building up to the entire community,” said Sackville Mayor Bob Berry during the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for last week’s Project Uplift event.
The town of Sackville was one of several funders for the $50,000 project, which included $25,000 from the provincial government (through its Family and Youth Capital Assistance Program), and other financial support from the Sackville Rotary Club, Sackville Branch #26 ladies auxiliary, Doug Hamm, Robert Campbell, Joyce O’Neil and Brian Blakney.
“To us, this is a dream come true,” said Victor Sears, one of several Legion members who served on the committee for the project.
Project Uplift is dedicated in memory of the late Allan Sears, a navy veteran, and longtime chaplain of the Sackville Legion. Victor says Allan introduced the idea for a vertical lift several years ago and Legion members decided, following his death, to move forward on the project in his honour.
The lift will make the building much more useable, providing unhindered access to the second floor for Legion members and the general public who face mobility issues. The building is often used for dances, concerts, wedding receptions and more. Prior to the lift being installed, the only way to access the upstairs is by a set of narrow stairs.
Allan’s daughter Mary Elizabeth said she and her family are grateful the Legion has honoured her dad with this dedication. She said her dad was always thinking of others first, so this is a fitting tribute.
“Hopefully this will give the community a ‘lift,’” she said.