Honouring our veterans

41450083_2131032263812923_3532185678370570240_oIt has been a busy week so far and several of the events I have been involved in were related to a similar theme, our veterans, and I wanted to draw attention to this as a means of showing support and appreciation for some great organizations in our community doing important work for our veterans.

On Monday, I attended a kick-off event for Veteran Families Week in our community at Superior Nissan. Thanks to the leadership of people like Greg Lefave and Frank Iezzi, along with support from the Algoma Veterans Association and the Veteran Family Program and business such as Superior Nissan, Algoma Water Tower Inn, Beyoutiful Esthetics and Lavish Salon, there are a variety of activities going on this week. I encourage people to visit www.veteranfamilyprogram.ca for a full schedule of events.

On Tuesday, I attended a street renaming ceremony for a portion of the roadway between Pine Street and Upton Road. As a tribute to the 49th Field Regiment, the area where the Armoury is located is now known as “Garrison Way”. I understand that Garrison, in the military context, is used to acknowledge a group of units that have come together. It is a fitting name for the street where our Armoury is located because the people who come together there come together to advance security at home and abroad; they come together to demonstrate pride for our community and country; they come together to support our citizens through programming and activities.

Thanks to the efforts of Lieutenant Colonel Lance Knox and the assistance of Councillors Susan Myers and Sandra Hollingsworth, the renaming request was unanimously approved City Council earlier this year. I want to recognize City staff as well, who worked diligently to facilitate the renaming.

The renaming ceremony provided me with the opportunity to serve as the reviewing officer inspecting the troops. I have enjoyed developing a close relationship with the 49th Field Regiment and 33 Service Battalion during my mayoralty and I was honoured to receive a commanding officer’s coin on Tuesday as a recognition of the City’s efforts to support and promote the Regiment and Battalion

On Wednesday, I attended a renaming ceremony for the GFL Memorial Gardens. It is fantastic to see the “Memorial Gardens” name return to our community. The original arena was built as a memorial and it is important to continue the legacy of paying tribute to our veterans. It would not have happened without a great community partner in GFL Environmental, who recognized the importance of the name, and the support of City Council, who directed staff to include the Memorial Gardens name in the RFP.

There is no overstating the importance of veterans to our community, and it is important for our community to demonstrate this support. We have fantastic organizations such as the 49th Field Regiment, 33 Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 and the Algoma Veterans Association, and I encourage to people these organizations and their members.

Highlighting growth in downtown Sault Ste. Marie

There has been plenty of exciting activity of late in our city’s downtown and I encourage everyone to take some time to explore what our community has to offer.

From restaurants popping up to feed a variety of different tastes, to a new beauty salon, tattoo parlour, real estate agency and radio station, there is quite a cool cluster of businesses developing downtown and throughout our city.

Neeta Marwah is now offering Punjabi and Indian cuisine at Rasoi, the Indian Kitchen on Queen Street East. I had the chance to stop by and grab a bite. Neeta’s presence in the downtown area is a welcome addition.

Speaking of growth on Queen Street; Lavish Salon, SOO Blaster and StreetCity Realty Inc. have recently opened locations in the downtown area. In other parts of the city, Discover the Canvas and KFM Radio have also set up shop.

The hyperlinks included below provide you with some background information about the variety of new and exciting businesses, but I encourage people to check these spots out in person and a great opportunity to do so is coming up later this week.

The Downtown Association is hosting ‘Moonlight Magic’ on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Queen Street will be closed to traffic from Pim to Dennis Street. Stores will be open late to provide people with the chance to do some late-night shopping. There are also fun activities planned like a free hot chocolate competition and bed races, along with the community tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. I hope to see you there.

Rasoi, The Indian Kitchen: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/sault-gets-punjabi-diner-just-in-time-for-diwali-743272

SOO Blaster: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/new-restaurantarcade-coming-to-queen-street-2-photos-655209

StreetCity Realty Inc: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/new-sault-real-estate-agency-celebrates-official-opening-3-photos-744622

Lavish Salon: https://www.facebook.com/lavishsalonSSM/

Discover the Canvas: http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1228105

KFM Radio: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/sault-ste-maries-first-christian-radio-station-hits-the-airwaves-7-photos-728166

National attention for local leaders

Members of Sault Ste. Marie’s business community have been receiving national attention for their achievements and I want to highlight these success stories.

The EXIT Realty Lake Superior team of Kristen Trembinski, Rob Trembinski and Jamie Coccimiglio are EXIT Canada’s 2017 Canadian Broker of the Year.

The Trembinski’s ties to real estate in the city run deep. Kristen and Rob’s grandfather, William McPherson, and father, Terry Trembinski, worked in the real estate profession for many years. Kristen and Rob continue to carry forward the family legacy to this day.

Brie Gallagher is another local leader receiving attention for her work. Brie’s renovation of a home in the city was recognized as an ‘Instagram-Worthy Oasis’ by HGTV’s Great Canadian Homes. Brie has moved home after graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She runs BRIETAKESPICTURES and BRIEMAKESSPACES in the Sault.

The recently held business pitch competition put on by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation is a great representation of how we can help turn potential future leaders into success stories like the aforementioned examples.

Sarah Huckson captured the grand prize (valued at $15,000) for her business, Scott Coffee Co. Alex Benzin and Nicole Findlay finished second and took home $5,000 for Ontario Wild. This competition is an important way to foster the spirit of entrepreneurialism in our youth and show them what’s possible.

Thanks to all involved with the process and I also want to express gratitude to the sponsors who stepped up to help support the initiative. When we work together as a community the road to success becomes easier to navigate.