Team Cornwall and the year that was

Nick Seebruch
Team Cornwall and the year that was
From left-to-right volunteers Sarah Delorme

CORNWALL, Ontario – Team Cornwall held their annual Year in Review retrospective at Galaxy Cinemas on Thursday, Dec. 14.

“The Year in Review let’s us recognize the many achievements in our community,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy in his address to the crowd. “It is truly an exciting period in Cornwall’s history. It seems like every part of the City is seeing investment.”

Bob Peters, the City of Cornwall’s Division Manager for the Economic Development Department gave an outline of some of the growth the City has experienced in 2017 including $33 million in building permits. The City also invested $22 million in infrastructure in 2017, which lead to the completion of some significant road projects such as the Marleau/ McConnell intersection and Brookdale Ave.

The event also highlighted successful events, businesses and other features that took place in the community over the past year.

These included the new World of Whiskey show that premiered at the Nav Centre, the visit by the Canada C3 science vessel that was touring the nation as a part of the Canada 150 celebrations and hometown hero Tony Luis fighting and winning three times in Cornwall.

Important benchmarks of success celebrated by local businesses and institutions included important anniversaries for Pommier Jewellers (80 years), St. Lawrence College (50 years), Farm Boy (35 years) and many others.

The Ontario Power Generation centre in Cornwall opened a new control room this year, which manages power generation at sites throughout Eastern Ontario. The Cornwall Community Hospital hired 20 new doctors and 2 midwives.

The Nav Centre also welcomed 35, 000 guests this year, has 500 employees and also gained national attention when it hosted Haitian asylum seekers over the summer.

Peters remarked that the Nav Centre impressed federal agencies involved with this summer’s crisis.

“I know that members of the military said that Cornwall did in days what they sometimes did in months,” he said.

At the end of the event, several Cornwall businesses and organizations formed a bazaar in the Galaxy lobby including Heart of the City, Rurban Brewing and the United Way of SD&G.

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