Mayor's Message - April 30, 2017

Posted on Monday May 01, 2017

Good morning . Bonjour

It sure has been one wet month, I suppose if April showers bring May flowers than we are in for a boatload of flowers !!   I along with a lot of other folks from town had great fun at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival yesterday, they once again drew 30 to 40,000 people to their town.  I think every vendor booth had a lineup of customers waiting to purchase a treat.  Speaking of tasty treats there is still time to pop over to our Legion for their annual Pancake Breakfast and Garage sale.  It runs until noon.

I wanted to give you the heads up that council recently ratified a decision to move the Bayside Market into Rotary Champlain Wendat Park to coincide with amphitheatre programming.  Our vision is to create a Friday evening public gathering place that offers a little bit of something that appeals to all of our residents. With this in mind our Recreation and Community Services Department is busy with planning our Friday night Market, Music and Movies series that is slated to commence on June 9th.  If you are a vendor looking to sell your wares on a Friday evening, or you have a special talent that you wish to share with the community on our amphitheater stage, please do not hesitate to reach out to Marlena Ladouceur our Recreation and Events Coordinator.   Lastly, in preparation for fun filled but safe Friday evenings, I anticipate that you will soon see work getting underway to install walkway lighting in and around the amphitheatre.  Stay tuned for further announcement regarding a schedule of events.

And keep calm because it’s officially boating season! The docks are now in at the Penetanguishene Wharf. The Wharf office will be ready for business starting Tomorrow (May 1) . We will have staff at the Wharf 7 days a week starting tomorrow as well.

Thank you to everyone who came out to this year's March Mudness! A special thank you to Ecole Secondaire Le Caron for their amazing work volunteering the day of the event! I am extremely proud to report that the event raised a successful $34, 997.75 towards the purchase of a CT Scanner for our local Georgian Bay General Hospital and donated $3,888.64 towards the Le Caron School Trip. Thank you all for the tremendous community support!

An upcoming event happening in the community is Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe9th Annual Amazing Rally! Based on the hit Television show the Amazing Race, this exciting fundraiser is taking place on Sunday, May 28th and we hope you will be able to take part in it!  I have attached the information package regarding this upcoming fundraising event and the poster, team registration sheet and pledge sheet if anyone is interested.  They are currently looking for teams of 2-4 players to participate. Each participant gathers $120 in pledges to participate, there are prizes and dinner is provided. Participants work from a series of clues to get to a checkpoint to complete a task and get their next clue.

It is a fun day raising funds for mentoring programs for the youth in our area.  

The Week To Be


The Royal Canadian Legion’s Giant Garage Sale and Pancake Breakfast takes place from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Come stop by for a $5.00 pancake breakfast and some music!


On Monday morning I meet with Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau and Town CAO for our weekly breakfast meeting. After breakfast, I will be at the Penetanguishene General Hospital (PGH) for a tour of the facility.  In the afternoon I will be attending the Regional Roundtable Discussion on Provincial Food Security Strategy from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


I have a bright and early start to the day as I am travelling to Barrie for Mayor Jeff Lehman's Annual Business Progress Breakfast. Afterward I will be attending the Agricultural Liaison Committee meeting from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  In the afternoon I will be taking part in a pledge video to create public awareness aimed at taking a proactive step towards addressing racism and discrimination in Simcoe County.  Other meetings for the afternoon include a team meeting and a weekly event and media update.


I will be away at the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) for a three-day conference in the Town of the Blue Mountains.  Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau will be attending the annual McHappy Day! This is a special day in which we help raise money for local children with special needs. This year the restaurant will be donating funds raised to Community Living Huronia and Ronald McDonald House Charities.


I am at the OSUM Conference.  In the afternoon I take part in a skype meeting for SWIFT.


I am at the OSUM Conference


Travelling back from OSUM Conference I will be attending the Martyrs’ Shrine Opening Day, for the unveiling of the St. Ignatius Chapel, formerly the Filion Centre, and Reception

Well that is it for this week other than to share  that at Yesterday’s Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival there was a log sawing contest that saw our CAO Jeff Lees and Clerk Stacey Cooper fall to the superior cutting skills of the mayor !! Given I have not won before I look forward to the staff report that shares with us all how it was that Jeff slowed Stacey down so much !  

Enjoy your day all !

Mayor Gerry Marshall