November is a time for Remembrance, and everyone across the Westboro Village BIA are incredibly thankful for the dedication and sacrifices of our service members and their families. Since 1948, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480 – the Westboro Legion, has been a staple in our community. They have had a presence on our main street, since 1969. They continue to support our veterans and their families. Now, they need our support. We encourage you to make a donation, purchase a poppy or a mask from the Westboro Legion.
As with many of our main street businesses, COVID-19 has presented many financial challenges to Legion branches across the country, and our local branch in no different. In addition to supporting our veterans, they also have a community space right on our main street and were instrumental in seeing the vision of a public space, Winston Square, come to fruition.
As I write this, we are in modified stage two, which has had a grave impact on our dining and gym establishments, and our local Legion branch. These businesses continue to adapt, offering take out, local delivery and online fitness options. They need your support to remain active members of the community. By buying a takeout meal, signing up for online fitness classes, and following the businesses on social media you can make a difference for them this month.
Moving through November, we are focussed on the light. Light Up the Village will look different this year. We will not share hot chocolate in the courtyard, or listen to carollers as they wander the village, but we will still have light. Westboro Village businesses are thankful to be able to present Light Up the Village this year, and we hope you enjoy the wreaths, lights in Winston Square, and at the All Saints Anglican Church courtyard. We are incredibly grateful to All Saints Anglican for sharing their beautiful space with us and the public and look forward to seeing your photos of the holiday lights.
Stay healthy and stay safe,
Westboro Village BIA