On Saturday September 25th, after a year hiatus, the former Northend Reunion Picnic has returned, this year moving forward with the
NORTH ENDER OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTATION.
This year was brought together by THE NORTH BREEZES and the North End Neighborhood Association ( NENa). Your host’s for the afternoon opening were Brenda Duke (NEB) and Andrew Robinson (NENA) president.
The event was held at the home of the new James North Baptist Church & Community Housing (formerly Hughson Baptist) located at 500 James Street North with thanks to Assistant Pastor, Paul Havercroft.
Jason Farr. Our Ward 2 City Counselor was honoured to present the awards and recognize our North End as a unique neighbourhood.
The nominees for the Community Builder Award recognized for their contributions were: Peter Ormond, Frank Rocchi and Shawn and Sheri Selway.
All the nominees were well deserving, with this year’s award presented to Shawn & Sheri Selway, long time North End Residents for the past 35 years of community involvement and a very active couple within their community with an outstanding love for their neighborhood. “It’s about the people, here in the North End of kind neighbours and creating a neighbourhood we can be proud to call home”.
The Ed Stewart Legacy Award recognizes long- time residents that reach our where they are needed to support and improve their neighbours and community. The nominees were: Darlene Billingsley, The Cellar Dwellers and Marilyn Leavy. This year’s award was presented to Darlene Billingsley for the many and varied contributions she’s made over the years. Darlenr graciously shares her honour with The Cellar Dwellers who work hand in hand with her. Mr. Ed Stewart would have been pleased.
Thanks plus to the local sponsors and supporters who contributed: Fishers Pier 4 Pub, Grandad’s Donuts, Harbor Cruise & Trolley Rides, Hutch’s, James Street Cannabis Co, Kohler Pharmacy, Northend Pita, Our Corner Bar & Grill and Weston Pizza & Wings.
We’d like to give a special shoutout to Karl Andrus and Tina Dort for catering the event and to Pat Cayuga for the wonderful 2021 Celebration Cake.
It was a fun, delightful afternoon gathering as friends and neighbors. I am looking forward to 2022 when the North End Breezes also celebrates 50 years in publication (May 1972) maybe merge the 2 celebrations in one next year would be cool.