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Gladys Batten’s suggestion for a Corner Brook Come Home Year seems to be taking off

Longtime Corner Brook resident Gladys Batten would love to see a Come Home Year planned in the city for the summer of 2019.
Longtime Corner Brook resident Gladys Batten would love to see a Come Home Year planned in the city for the summer of 2019.

When a Facebook post Gladys Batten made on the Historic Corner Brook page started garnering attention, she thought it might be a good idea to make an entirely new page for her thoughts.

It's a good thing, since her new page has also snowballed with interest.

Batten’s original comment was regarding having some sort of Come Home Year reunion in Corner Brook.

“The post on Historic Corner Brook just exploded with comments and I was concerned about it taking up too much space on their site,” she said.

As of Thursday afternoon, the page Proposed Corner Brook Come Home Year had ballooned to more than 5,100 members since it was established Aug. 19 and was continuing to grow.

At first, Batten thought, if she could get 3,000 members on the page by the end of September, then she would bring forth a proposal about organizing a Come Home Year to the new Corner Brook city council that will be elected Sept. 26. Now, she thinks the numbers indicate there is ample support for the idea.

She feels the summer of 2019 would be a great occasion to have a Come Home Year, as it would mark the 70th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining Canada.

The Come Home Year is nothing more than an idea right now. In order for it to become a reality, Batten said it would require a host of dedicated volunteers and some political will.

“The possibilities are enormous, but I think it would require a big committee with many sub-committees,” she said. “I don’t think Corner Brook has ever had a Come Home Year and I think this could fantastic for the city.”

She may be championing the idea and will support it in whatever way she can, but Batten said she is not interested in being the main organizer and hopes someone out there is willing to tackle that job.

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