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Drop the issue

Dear editor:

I am writing in regards to Dave Bourgeault's letter to the editor in the Oct. 10 issue of the Times. He once again brought up the “name change” issue regarding the senior centre.

I am very confused because the two requests he mentioned actually have been met. One of them never changed—the name on the north side of the building which clearly states it is the Sister Kennedy Centre.

His second comment was that “the new name could be added to make it easier for out-of-town visitors to find the place.” That is EXACTLY why the board discussed having an additional sign erected at the corner of the lot.

That sign reads: Fort Frances Senior Centre.

The board's proposal then went to the Community Services executive committee, which recommended the name chance to council.

Religious denomination had NOTHING to do with the name change! I am chair of the board along with five members. Couns. June Caul and Doug Kitowski also sit on the board.

I am appalled at the inaccurate comment made by Mr. Bourgeault, who twisted June's words to suit his own agenda.

For 23 years, I volunteered at St. Mary's Church and for many, many years I thought the Sister Kennedy Centre was for Roman Catholics only.

With the centre being so close to the Catholic church, Columbus Place, and La Verendrye Hospital (historically run by nuns), I just assumed that the centre was for Catholics. No one ever said anything different nor did I ask.

I've recently learned that many non-Catholics thought the same way.

Granted, it was a wrong assumption and therefore the board wanted to make it clear once and for all that it was a building for everyone 55+.

I am absolutely positive that the senior centre will be referred to as the Sister Kennedy Centre for years to come. It is a wonderful place to frequent with friends.

Now, I believe it is time to drop this issue once and for all! Our new mayor and council will be dealing with far more important issues. Please, let's put this one to rest!

I personally want to thank our mayor, Roy Avis, for his many years of dedicated service, as well as our present councillors.

May you enjoy your upcoming freedom!

Sincerely,

Diane Maxey

Fort Frances, Ont.

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