The wild card who has had several brushes with integrity commissioner Robert Swayze has had an interesting start to this term.
First was support to ban “certain gonzo” cameras from council which even Seaway News editor Todd Lihou chided her on.
Now it seems that she has something against something as earthy and normal as a VAG?
I mean who doesn’t like a good VAG? In 2006 she tried to cork the VAG budget, but was rebuffed by her council at that time. Is she trying to save money so that the township can afford the alleged $50K for water rights her family farm is requesting of which they wouldn’t lose any land use for harvesting crops?
When a community has as much pride about its VAG as South Stormont why would you want to trim it up, but that’s exactly what the Deputy Mayor wishes to do seeking to slash the VAG budget in South Stormont from $8,500 per year to $5,000.
Of course South Stormont’s Volunteer Awards Gala has been around for awhile. It rewards local volunteers once per year with a dinner. What the heck is wrong with that? You work hard and give a lot to a community and get a $20 dinner of thanks.
2014 VAG Budget
How VAG works
The Down Low on VAG in South Stormont
Frankly this writer thinks there should be a larger VAG in South Stormont. 4 tickets doesn’t seem like enough for some of those groups even if many of them voted in this joke of a Deputy Mayor and her slate of Candidates.
The documents speak for themselves as to numbers who attend and the related costs. If I take the hours that volunteers in South Stormont are providing services to their neighbours, community projects, and just giving a hand I am blown away.
Thank you hardly seems like enough. As you can see each organization in the community is invited to send some of their members to the gala, using it as any opportunity to say “thanks”
The greatest expense is the meal, but if you really truly want to say something, the meal must be special, the evening must be special.
I believe the committee led by Tammie Grant has done an excellent job keeping expenses below the budgeted amount of $8500. This is clearly revealed by the spreadsheet provided to council by Parks and Recreation.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Do you like a good VAG? You can post your comments below.
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