Hi, I am writing this email as a result of reading the Seaway News, March 27, 2009 issue, page 46, note on naming the third ice pad. My name is Sharon (Stanley) Lauzon. I am the daughter of the late Mr. Leonard Stanley. I would like to place his name forward for the third ice pad in the City of Cornwall.
My father worked for the City of Cornwall for 42 years from 1948 until he retired 90-03-02. He passed away in October 1998. He was a dedicated employee for the City Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department. His last title was Facilities Supervisor (Parks).
I remember my father telling me he started working part time for the City when he was 16 years old in 1944, when he began as a labourer doing a lot of work by hand as many machines and equipment were not around back then. My father took great pride in his work, always strived to do his best, and was eventually promoted to Parks and Recreation Facilities supervisor. My father wanted to create a nice environment for the community where children could come to play, skate and participate in sports. Leonard mentioned that he travelled out of town to meet Mr. Bob Turner for the first time to interview him, eventually recommending bringing him to Cornwall. He worked with Bob Turner, Si Miller and many others. Leonard was a dedicated long-term employee proud of the city and never asked for any public recognition. He was proud of his many years worked and made many good friends within the city. I recall City Hall lowering the flag at the time of his death and many of his City co-workers attending his funeral, even his funeral was low-key as this is what he wanted. He was caring person, father and grandfather who asked for nothing in return,. I lost my mother at 14 years of age and my dad continued to care for me as a single father until I got married in 1990. This is why I would like you to consider my father Leonard Stanley to give him some longstanding recognition. It would be nice to have his name remembered as he would have been proud of how much progress has been made in terms of recreation for all.
Mrs. Sharon (Stanley) Lauzon, Cornwall
Re: naming the third ice pad
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- Craig Michaels
- - November 16, 2011 at 18:46:33
On Monday, Cornwall City Council elected to postpone a decision on a policy recommendation from staff to halt advertising with online media outlets that allow anonymous commentary. Critics are already decrying the policy as an attempt to control or censor criticism. I would hardly call the policy censorship. It is a withdrawal of financial support for companies that claim to follow journalistic best practices while allowing unsubstantiated, slanderous content. If someone has an opinion, then they should be prepared to stand by it by attaching their name to it. Using repercussions from 'the city' as a reason for anonymity is a petty excuse for slinging insults you wouldn't have the intestinal fortitude to say to someone's face. The usual conspiracy theorists will revel in their paranoia on this one, but it is the right thing to do. If more companies and organizations adopted this policy, then perhaps an intelligent, informed, respectful dialogue about issues, rather than personalities, could begin on many websites.