I represent the best ward in this city.
There is no question about it.
I'm not talking about development or landmarks, restaurants or parks in this post.
I'm walking about you - the people who live here.
Never has this been more apparent than this past month, when the community banded together to raise money to replace the burned down junior kindergarten play structure at Le Phare Elementary School on Naskapi Drive.
So far we've raised nearly $22,000:
- $7,000 through the GoFundMe page
- $1.000 via donations made through the Beacon Hill Community Association
- $1,300 through a lemonade stand set up by eight wonderful students: Emma-Jean Cripps, Samantha Atkinson, Emily Atkinson, Dominique Remillard, Ava Remillard, Jazmine Remillard, Tayah Zahab and Eva Zahab
- $8,000 from the Autumn Classic golf tournament
- $4,600 from the Spaghetti Dinner held at Colonel By High School
That spaghetti dinner is a shining example of the love our residents have for our community. The crowd was HUGE! I couldn't be more impressed!
A special thank you to Mayor Jim Watson for attending the dinner and cancelling the rest of his evening to stay and hang out!
We must also thank Moe and the entire crew at East Side Mario's for donating, cooking and serving all of the delicious food.
The Le Phare Parent Council (including Bonnie Butt-Stone, Sara Remillard and Katie Campbell) and Beacon Hill Community Association President Jeff Kaluski also deserve special recognition for their efforts in helping put on this highly successful fundraising event.
Other dignitaries in attendance include public school board trustees Donna Blackburn, Sandra Schwartz and student trustee Alexander MacDonald, as well as Catholic Board Trustee Jeremy Wittet.
Over 500 people gave up their time and money during the precious summer months in order to help out their community.
The Le Phare parent council is now less than $18,000 shy of their fundraising goal and I know they will reach their target.
I cannot stress how proud I am to represent such a caring and generous community. It is an absolute privilege.