Council recognized the recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards. Recipients included the N’Amerind London Friendship Centre for their Youth First Cultural Exchange, My Sister’s Place, M.I. understanding for the program’s focus on pride understanding, Emancipation Day, and the London Police Service for their Police Ethnic and Culture Exchange (PEACE) program.
Mayor Brown recognized London resident Jeanne Alpaerts, also known as Mrs. Claus, as Paramed’s Senior of the Year, acknowledging her volunteerism with Angels in the Night, helping vulnerable people.
Members of Council who will not be returning were also thanked and recognized for their contributions over the past four years. This included Mayor Matt Brown and Councillors Bill Armstrong, Paul Hubert, Tanya Park, Virginia Ridley, Harold Usher and Jared Zaifman.
In Other Council News:
Council acknowledged contributions of the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, amounting to $4.8 million that has supported projects in the community.
Council approved the renaming of a portion of Third Street (from Oxford Street East to Cheapside) to Baransway Drive.
Council approved moving forward with development applications for 3080 Bostwick Road and for 230 North Centre Road.
Council received the final reporting package for the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, noting that more than 97% of milestones had been achieved.