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Lockman named 'Citizen of the Year 2020'


A local women was recognized for her generous contributions to the Fort Frances community at last night's regular council meeting.

Joy Lockman, who was nominated by Jennifer Wood, was chosen by the town's “Citizen of the Year” committee for her continued volunteerism around town.

“Joy heads up the soup kitchen at New Beginnings Fellowship, preparing meals and co-ordinating orders and food that gets picked up from the community,” Mayor June Caul explained during last night's council meeting.

“She has been the instigator of that soup kitchen, I believe, right from the beginning and works very hard there every week.”

Mayor Caul also lauded Lockman's volunteer work at Rainycrest where she helps with Thursday morning sing-a-longs and brings resident outside to enjoy the morning.

“She sits on the council of her church, and she has encouraged the support of many people who prepare gardens at the community garden in Fort Frances,” Mayor Caul noted.

“She sings in the Christmas and Easter Cantata as well and she's dedicated and tireless and not expecting any recognition whatsoever. She's a very humble, warm, loving person and she certainly deserves this nomination.”

Lockman was unable to attend the town's meeting last night but is set to receive the “Citizen of the Year” award at the next regular council meeting on Dec. 5.

The town's Provincial Offences Act co-ordinator, Lisa Sheppard, was also awarded yesterday with the certified municipal manager level three designation from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute.

In other news, the local BIA is holding a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the post office this Saturday (Nov. 30) at 5 p.m. and Mayor Caul said everyone is encouraged to attend.

Coun. Judson said the public should also support the Charlie Brown Christmas play that's happening at La Place Rendez-Vous on this Friday (Nov. 29).

The volunteer-led production will have two shows with two different casts.

“I want to just throw my appreciation out to Trevor Barker and his team who have put a lot of time and resource into putting that together for young people in our community,” Coun. Judson remarked.

“I think often when we think of small communities, we don't think of those opportunities being available for young people to be involved in theatre or to whet their appetite in that performance medium.”

Coun. Judson also invited the public to sign up for the town's Christmas parade that's taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

Those who would like to enter a float can do so online at

“The theme this year is 'Crazy Christmas Trees' but I'm sure they'd be thrilled with whatever your creativity may dream up to be part of that annual tradition,” Coun. Judson explained.

Also at last night's meeting, council:

  • approved a report re: the Administration and Finance 2020 user fees which reflect an increase of 1.7 percent;
  • approved a report re: the proposed 2020 user fees and charges as amended for the emergency services which reflect a 1.7 percent increase
  • approved a report re: the town's Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) membership;
  • approved the BIA's tree lighting request for Nov. 30 at the Canada Post office;
  • approved a request to proclaim January 2020 as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
  • approved a request from the Fort Frances Curling Club re: hosting bids for the 2021 Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) Men's and Scotties combined provincials on Jan. 25-31, 2021.
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