Gilles 'Lil Budee' Alcide Beaulieu

Lil’ Buddee tournament honours Legion volunteer

Golf tournament raises funds for charities in Sooke.

Pirjo Raits

Sooke News MIrror

Every Royal Canadian Legion likely has a person in it like the late Gilles Alcide Beaulieu.

Beaulieu was a long time Sooke Legion member who was one of those people who helped everyone.

“He was just a little guy who did everything for everybody,” said his friend Mim MacDonald.

Beaulieu volunteered his talents and services at the Legion whenever he was needed. He was an electrician in the military for 25 years and offered up his skills to the Legion in that area as well as in cooking.

“He was just a wonderful, wonderful little man and everyone loved him,” said MacDonald. “He was a very generous person.”

Beaulieu passed in 2007 and to honour him the Legion set up a golf tournament.

This year’s tournament takes place on Sunday, August 30 at the DeMamiel Creek Golf Course. Tee time is 12 noon for nine holes, after the game there will be a full barbecued steak dinner at the Legion at 6726 Eustace Road in Sooke. As with every golf tournament there will be prizes donated by the generous businesses in the Sooke area.

Each year the Lil’ Budee tournament raised funds for the various charities supported by the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 54 (Sooke). The organization not only assists veterans and seniors but youth organizations such as the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Harbour District Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, and the BC Children’s Hospital. Then there are the annual events such as the Sooke Xmas Bureau, Sooke Fire Department Santa Run, the burn fund as well as the Sooke Fall Fair, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Sooke Pipes and Drums, the Royal Canadian Marine just to name a few.

Entry for the tournament is $50/person for the tournament or $13 just for the dinner. The tournament is open to Legion members and bona fide guests.

Sign up sheets are at the Legion bar. Check out all the events at: sookelegion.ca.

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