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My family and I are attending the H2O Go Festival @DowntownGuelph at noon today!
Last year my wife & I were walking downtown for a completely different purpose and we stumbled upon the festival and took the time to look at all the booths, speak to the vendors and take in the information about celebrating our local water. It was really good and informative. And it was packed! A lot of people were there! I expect this year to be no different.
So come to our great downtown today. Take some time to walk through Old Quebec Street Mall and see what the festival has to offer.
After you’re done – don’t stop there. Keep exploring our downtown because it’s getting better and better all the time!
Today I had the honour of joining many others from our community to celebrate Guelph’s former Mayor John Counsell. The service was excellent and was in John’s home church St.George’s Anglican Church.
Past Mayor Kate Quarrie and past MP William (Bill) Winegard brought stories of John that told of his love for his wife, the arts, his piano, his profession in the banking industry and his leadership for three terms as our Mayor.
The River Run centre was his focus and dream for our community and how blessed we are as a city to enjoy that place. He left his mark. Not only as mayor but through relationships with others.
I was joined by several past and current councillors and mayors. Norm Jary, Kate Quarrie and I were able to get together after the service for this wonderful picture I will always cherish.
John’s motto in life was “Service above self”. Something we all should be striving for in our great city.
I learned yesterday of the passing of John Counsell – former Mayor of Guelph from 1986-1994. I did not know him well, yet I recall shaking his hand once in passing at some point, and I called him once to ask about the city having a skate park built because my friends dared me to “call the Mayor”. He answered the phone gladly and spoke with me at length about the issue. Judging by this nice piece written about him in the Guelph Mercury, he seemed like a great leader and wonderful man.
Today was my first day back after the weekend as I took some time to be with my kids during March break. We had a meeting this afternoon to discuss how to respond. We’re honouring the request of a donation and on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Guelph and the Mayor and Council, we are donating to the Guelph Humane Society. I will also be attending the service to celebrate his life on Friday on behalf of the city.
Our city immediately decided yesterday to put our flags at city hall at half mast as well which was a wonderful gesture.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.