CORNWALL Ontario – One of the biggest issues I focused on during the municipal election was the need to change the culture of Cornwall.
We needed to stop running the city like it was a closed shop and be more inclusive, especially when it involved the public or tax payers.
Sadly Winterfest will not occur this year. According to the city’s website it’s our “Signature” Winter event geared for families and of course children. One of their board stated that the event was a no go for 2015.
Frankly I think Lamoureux Park should be iced up for the Winter like the park in Valleyfield. Lit up too. Like Lift Off the usual excuses for failure are that it’s a Volunteer board. Of course all boards are volunteer essentially, but if you can’t fulfill the mandate you chose to accept then you should step aside and let others take the lead.
While some on this list may have some great “excuses” I have no doubt that another group of 10 could be found within a day of making a public request. Of course they may have “lost control” for whatever purpose that is. These events shouldn’t be stepping stones to getting elected to public office or maintaining big budgets. Why is CAS for example spending our tax dollars on sponsorship of events in the first place as they have? (CAS is grist for an entire series of columns as they have monster budgets that they spend on advertising and painting really nice parking spots for their VIP board members like Jeanette Despatie)
Sadly that has not happened this year although one member suggested that they might put together a one day event of some sort.
That again, is an excuse and frankly it’s lame.
It’s time that the City, if it’s going to lend support to these types of events, (and this group had two councilors last year on its board), have some sort of role to make sure that the Volunteers achieve their goals.
I’m sure Winterfest will be back next year, but you need to build up good will with sponsors and the public to make an event successful and grow.
Lift Off has also had struggles and there still is no official confirmation of whether there will be a 21st Lift Off.
We can do better and need to do better.
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