Winterfest succeeded beyond our expectations
By Kathy Rowe
A relatively mild but GREY January is now behind us. I have noticed that many home owners continue to illuminate their homes with holiday lights. This certainly gives our neighbourhood a colourful boost at the end of the dull winter days. I hope the lights will remain through February.
Winterfest 2023 returned with a BANG! Thanks to the great attractions and the eager participation by countless families, Winterfest succeeded beyond our expectations.
I want to thank the Winterfest Committee members who invested loads of time and worked hard to bring this event to fruition. The funding from our sponsors was hugely appreciated and we couldn’t have held the event without their generous support. Big thanks to the student and adult volunteers. From the ticket sales, barbeque, games to the live entertainment, the volunteers were crucial to the success of Winterfest. A special thanks to the talented performers who took to the stage. They also volunteered their time and we were so pleased to have them perform for our community. The vendors added great variety to the event and it was fun to have them take part. Families enjoyed the free apple cider provided by Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie and the free doughnuts provided by Vijay Thanigasalam. It’s always great to have our local politicians participate with our events and engage with our residents. You will see some of the Winterfest fun that was had when you visit to our colourful centre spread.
A fond Farewell
On January 14th Scarborough lost a remarkable and distinguished gentleman. Long before David Onley served as Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant-governor, he was a young father of three active boys who lived around the corner from my family in West Hill. I would chat with David and his lovely wife Ruth Ann at the local park where our boys played. We would greet each other at various elementary school functions. I recall Ruth Ann, who has a beautiful voice, singing the Canadian anthem at one of the school’s special assemblies. As a couple they exuded such warmth and kindness.
David was a passionate champion for people with disabilities. His work in this field was renowned right across the country. David will be sorely missed by an innumerable amount of people for so many reasons. He was a true professional and above all else, a true gentleman. I feel very privileged to have known him.
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