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Local Business Wills Transfer Ltd. hosts Ambassadors

Local Business Wills Transfer Ltd. hosts Ambassadors

Terry and Jordi Wills toured the Ambassadors from Vietnam, Latvia and Costa Rica through their Wills Transfer Limited. - Warehousing and Logistics facility. It was an honour to welcome H.E. Pham Cao Phong, H.E. Kārlis Eihenbaums and H.E. Mauricio Ortiz, and join them in discussions on the social and economic ties between our countries. Many thanks to Jerry Sherman from Embassy Connections Canada for coordinating the visit.

October 02, 2020

Funding Announcement for Digital Main Street Program

Funding Announcement for Digital Main Street Program

As local businesses continue overcoming challenges brought on by Covid-19, it’s my hope that tools such as the Digital Main Street program will provide support. It was great to gather with MPP Steve Clark, Warden Patrick Sayeau, and Kay Matthews, Executive Director of OBIAA (Ontario BIA Association), and announce this latest investment in local business. Many thanks to Shelbi McFarlane, from the United Counties of Leeds-Grenville, for hosting.

September 26, 2020

Affordable Housing Announcement - Kemptville

Affordable Housing Announcement - Kemptville

Affordable housing investment is being made in Kemptville through joint federal-provincial programs! I was pleased to join MPP Steve Clark, Warden Patrick Sayeau, Mayor Nancy Peckford, and Sandra McNamara, Executive Director of Community Living North Grenville, in celebrating this important step to providing affordable homes in our community.

September 25, 2020

Congratulating Creekside Diner on 10 Years

Congratulating Creekside Diner on 10 Years

Pleased to present a congratulatory scroll to owners Bill and Dar as they celebrate Creekside Diner’s 10th Anniversary!

September 19, 2020

Local Manufacturing: Douglas Barwick Inc. Plant Tour

Local Manufacturing: Douglas Barwick Inc. Plant Tour

Did you know we have a leading manufacturer of stainless steel pipe and related products right here in Leeds-Grenville? Douglas Barwick Inc. (a DB Piping Group Company) is located in Brockville. Many thanks to Lorne Phillips, Branch Manager, and John Jonkman, Plant Manager of DB Piping Group, for the tour of your outstanding plant. We need more of this in Canada! #localmanufacturing #canadianmade🇨🇦

September 18, 2020

New Horizons for Seniors Program - 2020-2021

New Horizons for Seniors Program - 2020-2021

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is accepting applications for 2020-2021. The deadline to submit is October 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern time.

This funding program has assisted many organizations throughout the years to provide assistance to seniors and help them remain engaged in their communities. Particularly with the hardships brought on by Covid-19, this program is even more important. I encourage organizations to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Funding is available through two streams:

Grants for Community based Projects up to $25,000. Click HERE for more information.

Small Grants for Community based Projects up to $5,000. Click HERE for more information.

If you have questions about the program and cannot find answers on the government website, reach out to my office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-866-498-3096.

September 17, 2020

Visiting Local Manufacturer Canarm Ltd.

Visiting Local Manufacturer Canarm Ltd.

Canarm Ltd has provided jobs and economic benefit to Brockville for many years. I’d like to thank Jim Cooper, president and chief operating officer, for showing me around this impressive manufacturing facility and introducing me to Jim Kelly who has been an employee for 50 years! It is a testament to Canarm - their quality products and skilled employees.

September 16, 2020

Support Local: Village of Merrickville

Support Local: Village of Merrickville

The Village of Merrickville-Wolford certainly lives up to its name “Jewel of the Rideau”. A big "Thank You" to everyone who took time to discuss your business, unique products, and challenges - your feedback is appreciated as we move forward - and to Mayor Doug Struthers for touring me around. These are just some of many amazing shops and people you will find:

Nellie's Room (Janet, Jenny, and Jill)
The Gallery (Angelina Wrona)
Vinyl Destination (Rob Balsillie)
Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard (Janet)
The Aaron Merrick Building with Yellow Canoe Cafe, Wick Witch Candle & Bath, Mirick's Landing Country Store, and Monsky Creations
Chaiya Decor (Lisa and Winston Card)
Gray Art Glass (Michael Gray)
Downtowne Ice Cream Shoppe (Shelley Innes)

September 13, 2020

Emergency Community Support Funding for Local Organizations

Emergency Community Support Funding for Local Organizations

These past few months have definitely been hard ones, particularly for the most vulnerable in our communities. United Way Leeds & Grenville and Brockville and Area Community Foundation have done great work to provide support for local organizations in partnership with federal programs.

I was pleased to join Trish Buote and Erik Wang as they presented funding to The Brockville and Area Food Bank for Operation Harvest Sharing. Amanda Warner & Joanne Sytsma (co-chairs) and Tony Barnes (treasurer) received the cheque and also took time to update me on the needs of the community. Thank you!

August 28, 2020

Happy Retirement to Vijay Beri after 50 years!

Happy Retirement to Vijay Beri after 50 years!

What a legacy and inspiration! After 50 years in business running Electric Appliance Ltd. in Brockville, Vijay Beri has retired. It was an honour to present congratulations and best wishes. Thank you for your many years of service to our local communities! Happy Retirement!

August 25, 2020