Every child matters. On September 30th, people across Canada wear orange and participate in Orange Shirt Day events to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada.
Congratulations to the local Better Together Circle (BTC) volunteers who hosted the community Orange Shirt Day on Friday in Lockwood Park, Westport. The gathering began with Elder Mireille LaPointe smudging for the participants while explaining the purpose of the smudge. There was much to do and see including artwork by Rideau Vista Public School students who were in attendance. Elder LaPointe closed the afternoon with a circle and finally with quiet reflection for the things we are grateful for.
Volunteers include Susan Withers, Lana Nolan. Yasmin Khan, Delvalle Lewis DelSilva, Jayne Walker, and Sandy Prentice. Librarians: Vickie Stevens, Pam Stuffles. Beading: Maggie Stewart.
It has been a long, hard 18 months. We have worked together, supported each other and shown huge resiliency to COVID-19 in the Village and surrounding area. Although we are not out of the woods, we have learned that by following the public health rules we can safely engage in social events.
On Monday, September 6 from 5:30 – 7:00, we are planning a community picnic at Lockwood Park. Our sponsors will provide the fried chicken, corn on the cob and ice cream. You just need to bring your sides/drinks and cutlery. The park has limited benches and picnic tables, so you might want to bring a blanket/chair.
There are many people we haven’t been able to visit during COVID and lots of new neighbours have arrived who we are anxious to meet. Please reach out to your neighbours – old and new – and share this invitation to the community Labour Day picnic at Lockwood Park. Rain or Shine – the arena is our back up.
If you have questions, please call Town Hall 613-273-2191.
The playground was closed by Provincial COVID Order in March and has been allowed to open as part of the Reopening of Ontario Phase 3.
Playgrounds will be disinfected twice daily.Parents are encouraged to bring along some wipes and hand sanitizer. Physical distancing of 2 m and wearing face masks is strongly recommended while using the playground equipment.
Many thanks to St Paul’s Anglican Church congregants, Frances Hazell, Mary Chaikowsky and Arthur Thompson for the effort they have put into the two Memorial Gate flower beds in Lockwood Park.
The past couple of years, I weeded them in advance of the July 1 celebrations, but these orphan gardens needed a lot of TLC. What a difference some time and effort have made. Frances and Mary planted beautiful annuals in time for Canada Day and ensured they were watered and maintained all summer.
Last week, Frances, Mary and Arthur worked together to plant hydrangeas. I am sure they will be stunning next summer. Thank you for taking the initiative and making our park more colourful.
Many thanks to retired Brigadier-General Fred Lewis who confirmed with the Federal government that recognition of the war in Afghanistan 2001-2014 could be placed on our Cenotaph. Terry Thake did a very professional job, as you will see next time you stop to pay your respects in Lockwood Park. Please plan on joining us for the Remembrance Day Ceremony this year.
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