Citizens, visitors to city enjoy Municipal Awareness Day

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Chilly weather doesn’t stop enthusiasm surrounding annual event outside city hall

By Rudey Downey

Special To The Star

Dorim Keeping thinks every community needs an event like Municipal Awareness Day.

Keeping returned from work in Alberta on Wednesday morning and wanted to spend his first day back in Newfoundland by doing some shopping in Corner Brook. He dropped by city hall to take part in the celebrations there, which are aimed at helping residents become more acquainted with the services offered by their municipality.

“People come into communities and don’t even know what the amenities are or where to go, so this is a very nice thing to do,” said Keeping, who lives in Burgeo.

Wind and cold weather in Corner Brook on Wednesday didn’t stop residents and visitors from enjoying the celebratory day.

Calvin Pretty is a longtime resident of Corner Brook. He says Municipal Awareness Day is a great event for the place he has lived his whole life.

“There’s so much negativity on the go these days,” said Pretty, adding that he thinks the event should happen more than once a year and how it’s nice for the younger generation to see what’s happening here in the city.

Jerry Gerard is visiting Corner Brook from Windsor, Ont. He was glad to see an event like this taking place in a city that is much smaller than his own.

“It seems like people in Corner Brook are out doing something all the time,” said Gerard. “It sure is different from Windsor where there are 180,000 people.”

The lineup to the barbecue grew as the day went on and people circled in and out of the grounds of city hall. People who attended got a tour of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives and a tour of the green roof on top of city hall.

City Coun. Tony Buckle also attended the celebration. He says there will be different events happening at city hall throughout the year similar to this one.

“Maybe we can get people more interested in what happens to improve cities in Newfoundland and the whole country,” said Buckle.

Buckle sees Municipal Awareness Day becoming more of a trend on the west coast with smaller communities in the future.

“Hopefully people will get out and talk to councillors and find out how much work goes into making this city a better place to live,” he said.

Organizations: The Star, Corner Brook Museum

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Alberta Windsor Burgeo

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