Mayor’s Report – November 26, 2018.
The Mayor’s Report informing the residents of St. Catharines about events, news and business in #OurHomeSTC.
Tonight is the last council meeting for the 2014-18 term – thank you to all of council for a great four years. We accomplished a lot of great things as a team for our city and to those not returning – Councillors – Mark Elliott, Mike Britton, Sandie Bellows and Dave Haywood, I wish you great success in your future endeavours.
Tonight is also the last council meeting for Director of Planning and Building – Jim Riddell who is retiring at the end of the month. Thank you Jim for your outstanding contributions to the City of St. Catharines. Throughout his tenure at the city, Jim has guided us through a period of major transformation. Jim has been a vital part of the Senior Management Team and an excellent leader. He will be greatly missed.
More congrats for city employees – Karen Doyle, Tourism Marketing Office was nominated for the 2018 Women in Business Award for Excellence in Tourism. Karen is a strong member of our Economic Development team, putting St Catharines on the Map!
Congratulations to the newest inductees into the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame; Buffy Alexander (rowing), John White (golf), Pat McCready (lacrosse), Paul Papineau (softball/fastball) and Steve Toll (lacrosse). Each of these athletes have enjoyed success at the top level of their sports, while contributing to the development of sport in St. Catharines.
I would also like to recognize Elm Street United Church, located in old Merritton who celebrated their 160th anniversary in our community and to Stathletes who received an award at the Ontario Business Achievement Awards for Young Entrepreneur – an amazing company in St. Catharines started by two Brock graduates, we are proud of your success.
We have some new businesses that have opened up- Landlord Web Solutions – they have a talented team of 40 + employees who help landlord, property owners and managers build comprehensive marketing initiatives for rental housing providers and Dalhousie Interiors – they have a wide array of items for home decor and also offer various DIY workshops.
T’is the Holiday Season and the City has lots of great events and initiatives taking place – Civic Christmas Carol at St. Thomas Church, Great Holiday Food Drive for Community Care at Market Square, City staff are partnering with local organizations for clothes and toy drives: The St. Catharines Museum kicked off the Mitten Tree campaign, collecting winter wear for families and children in support of Community Care and the Out of the Cold Program. Staff are also collecting gifts for the Little Tree of Angels in support of Community Care.
Also – Hannukah starts on Sunday, December 2nd so there will be various events taking place for the lighting of the menorah during those eight nights.
Looking forward to seeing many of you out in the community over the next month and please join us on Monday, December 3rd for our Inaugural meeting at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.