Volunteers step up to help poppy campaign after Quebec legion calls for help

Poppy Box

Volunteers have stepped up in a big way after the Quebec command of the Royal Canadian Legion put out a call for help in its annual poppy campaign.

Ahead of the official launch of the campaign last month, the provincial command reported dealing with a shortage of volunteers to hand out the ubiquitous lapel pins.

Kenneth Richard Ouellet, who oversees Quebec's 104 legion branches, says it's been a problem for years as members age.

There are also fewer legions in Quebec than in other parts of the country, and many branches have to overcome a perception that they are English-speaking institutions.

However, after the legion put out the call for volunteer help, Ouellet says the response was encouraging.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Legion's national headquarters says the problem seemed to be limited to Quebec.