There were few empty seats in Council Chambers last night as family and friends gathered to see about 30 citizens be the first to receive “Canada 150” volunteer pins and certificates.
Deputy mayor June Caul and economic development consultant Tannis Drysdale presented the pins during last night's regular council meeting.
“It's fantastic to see the wonderful people sitting here tonight are the wonderful volunteers that Fort Frances has because that's what makes our community extra-special,” said Coun. Caul.
“Those that are being presented with pins tonight, thank you very much for your service,” she added.
“I hope we don't ever lose you.”
Recipients varied widely in age and interests, ranging from those who deliver “Meals on Wheels” to hospital and Rainycrest auxiliary members, those who help put on the high school musical, and those who run the Fort Frances Community Chest.
The pin features the multi-coloured “Canada 150” logo.
The certificate includes the recipient's name and reads: “Presented to you in commendation of the 150 Anniversary of Canada in appreciation of your contributions to the Town of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada.”
Pins also will be presented at future council meetings, as well as various community events, including a meeting of the Kids' Garden Club and the grand-opening of the Rainy Lake Square on Oct. 5.
A total of 500 such pins will be awarded by year's end.
“We still have a few available so we're still accepting nominations,” Drysdale noted.
“If you think you know somebody who deserves a pin or has been missed, and you want to check and see if they're on the list, give us a call at 274-9621 or you can go onto the town website and nominate someone,” she added.
Organizers want to ensure that everyone who has contributed to the community in a variety of ways gets a pin because they are a limited edition keepsake to mark Canada's sesquicentennial.
Also at last night's meeting, council:
- referred a sponsorship opportunity from the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, re: its annual fall gala (“Making Magic for District Health Care”) on Saturday, Oct. 14 at La Place Rendez-Vous, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
- referred a letter, re: traffic concerns and request for stop signs from C. Gagne, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Traffic Safety Committee;
- agreed to a request from Teachers of English as a Second Language Association of Ontario to proclaim Oct. 29-Nov. 4 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
- referred sponsorship opportunities, re: a Montreal Canadiens' alumni charity hockey game set for Feb. 24, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Community Services executive committee;
- referred a sponsorship opportunity from the Voyageurs Lion Club, re: the “Seeing is Believing Magic Show” slated for Oct. 4 at the Townshend Theatre, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
- passed a bylaw to designate and deem a certain plan of subdivision, or part thereof, not to be a registered plan of subdivision (730 and 740 Sixth St. W.);
- passed bylaws to amend the Zoning Bylaw and Official Plan as pertaining to 605 McIrvine Rd. (the future location of the Evangelical Fellowship Church);
- passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with Wasaw Enterprises for operation of concessions in the Memorial Sports Centre; and
- agreed to support Resolution No. 64-2017 from the Northwestern Ontario Health Unit re: the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148).