Ken Hand (standing) and Steve Morey of the Monarch Lion Club are hard at work constructing a wheelchair ramp at the LeBlanc residence for Isaac LeBlanc (inset). When the Lions Club heard that the project had been abandoned by a contractor they took over and completed it.

Ramping up the community service

Lions Club comes to the aid of resident in need

  • Feb. 11, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Terry Farrell

Recod staff

When Isaac LeBlanc came home for Christmas, there was one unresolved issue. The side entrance to his home was not wheelchair accessible

The front entrance had been completed some time ago, but the job to complete the side entrance ramp had been abandoned, leaving the LeBlancs in a bit of a bind.

Cue the Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club.

When the Lions heard about the family’s need, they went to work immediately.

“We checked to make sure all the building permits were OK, then got down to completing this project for Isaac and his mother,” said Monarch Lions Club spokesperson April Dyck.

“We are a club that serves and this kind of project is at the heart of what we do.”

On Tuesday, Ken Hand and Steve Morey were hard at work, “measuring twice and cutting once,” completing the project that had been cast aside.

“Central Builders (Home Hardware) has really been a big help with this,” said Dyck. “They have supplied all the tools and the material we need, donated it all to the cause.”

“When (Dave Collette, Central Builders financial controller) heard about the project, he immediately pulled up a blueprint, figured out exactly what we needed for material and tools and supplied it all at no cost,” said Hand.

Dyck said that it’s not always about the big projects and there are countless opportunities to serve the the community on a more intimate scale, like this.

“We would like to … encourage other community groups to see what they can do for the community as well,” she said. “There’s no shortage of projects.”


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