“This year is Canada’s 150th birthday! While all of us will be celebrating this momentous occasion throughout the year, I think that it’s equally important to acknowledge our great history and the kind people that we have in Haldimand-Norfolk,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, MP for Haldimand-Norfolk.
MP Finley is launching two initiatives to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation: “The Canada 150 for 150 Awards” and the “Canada 150 Plaque Program”. The Canada 150 for 150 Awards will recognize the achievements and contributions of 150 extraordinary individuals in Haldimand-Norfolk. A nomination process will take place, and the recipients of the award will receive a Canada 150 Medal.
“The people who live in Haldimand-Norfolk really are the glue that holds this community together. No matter what the circumstance is, you will always find them right there willing to lend a hand to make this area the best place to live in Canada. They deserve some recognition, and that’s what I hope that this awards program will do,” said MP Finley.
The Canada 150 Plaque Program will be an ongoing initiative to acknowledge buildings in Haldimand-Norfolk that have stood the test of time. Any building in the area that is 150 years old or older is eligible to receive a plaque that can be mounted onto the building. Documentation that confirms the age of the building is required.
“We have such a rich history in Haldimand-Norfolk, and people here take pride in that. That’s why I thought that it was important to showcase a bit of our history by creating the Plaque Program,” said MP Finley.
“The 150 for 150 awards recognize our current community builders. I believe that in an area as old as ours, its important to honour as well the still-standing evidence of the people who quite literally built the foundations on which or great area – and country – were built,” she added.
Nomination forms for the “150 for 150” medal program must be submitted by Monday, July 31, 2017 by mail (no postage needed) to 76 Kent Street South, Simcoe, ON N3Y 2Y1 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests for plaques will be accepted at any time and will continue to be distributed beyond the 2017 year. Requests can also be submitted by email to email@example.com. Further details on both programs, as well as the application forms, can be found at www.dianefinley.ca or by contacting the constituency office at 519-426-3400 or 1-866-496-3400 (toll-free).