Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday November 19, 2021

November 11th is traditionally a solemn but so welcome and well-attended event to honour with respect and gratitude, the sacrifices and hardships endured by so many to ensure the rights and way of life we enjoy in Canada today. I want to pay tribute to the members of Local Branch 32 of the Royal Canadian Legion who provided the opportunity to publicly remember and honour our veterans again this year but in a shortened ceremony due to the lingering effects of COVID-19. It is an important event in the life of our community, as shown by the large number of citizens who appreciated being able to share the moment at the Cenotaph and to add their poppies to the wreaths that were resting there. 

Very quickly following the Remembrance Day service, the approaching holiday festivities begin to take centre stage. The downtown streets will be dressing up and the creative window displays of local businesses will add to the festive atmosphere. Holiday shopping can be done easily this year, close to home. Gift local, and support our businesses because they give back to the community.

The festivities kick off on Saturday, December the 4th with many family-friendly offerings, including the Kinsmen’s Santa Claus Parade. Enjoy the beautiful window displays, kid’s activities provided by the library, grab some hot drinks and other goodies from the Apple in Market Square and join me as we light the tree at Meaford Hall at 6:00 p.m. More information can be found on Facebook, at the Kinsmen Club of Meaford or the Meaford Chamber of Commerce pages.

This certainly seems like a return to normal and don’t we deserve it! But the Province has paused the lifting of capacity in some areas due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. We are strongly advised to continue to follow health protocols and to take advantage of upcoming clinics to get fully vaccinated. Your efforts are making a difference but please keep in mind that social distancing and wearing a mask in crowded conditions are still important as we celebrate together. I know we can safely enjoy the season if we continue to stay vigilant and help one another.

Let’s make kindness a focus of our holiday season this year. While we safely re-connect with family and friends, let’s think of our neighbours, of those less fortunate, of folks who are still isolated, alone or suffering, and find a way to bring joy to their lives. This will bring so much pleasure back into our own lives.

Be well, everyone. 

Mayor Barb Clumpus

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