Brenda Parkinson with Premier John Horgan and Mayor Maja Tait. For many years Parkinson was the driving force behind Sooke Council’s New Year’s Day Levee. (Black Press Media)

Brenda Parkinson with Premier John Horgan and Mayor Maja Tait. For many years Parkinson was the driving force behind Sooke Council’s New Year’s Day Levee. (Black Press Media)

Sooke Legion to offer New Year’s Day Levee

Annual event at the municpal hall cancelled

The Sooke branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will host its annual New Year’s Levee at their 6 726 Eustace Rd. location and organizers have extended an invitation to the entire community to attend.

“We’re ready to welcome in the new year and everyone is welcome to join us in celebration,” Legion Secretary, Merle Fulton,” said.

“We’ve sent invitations to all the service groups in town, to the mayor and the council, and to the general public. We’d love it if people drop in and say hello and help us start the year as a community.”

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. during which time there will be free tea and coffee, sandwiches and treats.

“We’ll also have some Moose Milk on hand, while it lasts. That’s something that shouldn’t be missed,”Fulton said.

Moose Milk is a traditional Canadian drink that contains alcohol and has it’s roots with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Each branch of the military has it’s own slightly different recipe, but Fulton maintains that the Legion’s mixture is one of the best.

And, given that the Levee is taking place at the Legion, the regular bar service will be available for folks who simply want to share some good cheer with neighbours and friends.

This year’s Levee will be the only one to take place in 2020 as, in a Nov. 28 news release, the District of Sooke announced that the traditionally held New year’s Levee at the Municipal Hall will not take place this year.

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“The new year is a time to look forward to all that we will accomplish in 2020, but it also presents an opportunity to reflect. The loss of Councillor Parkinson was devastating to Council, and the New Year’s Levee would not be the same without her,” Mayor Maja Tait said.

That sentiment reflects the fact that, for the past many years, the event was organized by the late councillor and that, in remembrance of Parkinson, Sooke District Council has chosen to forgo the celebration for this year.

“As Council takes time to spend the holidays with their family and friends, I encourage residents to hold their loved ones tight,” Tait added.

“I wish to thank all the volunteers who made this event possible in the past and extend my best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2020.”

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