MP pre­sents sesqui­cen­ten­nial pins to res­i­dents mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT AUX BASQUES/CORDOY VAL­LEY, NL – In hon­our of 150 years since Con­fed­er­a­tion, mem­bers of par­lia­ment across the coun­try were given unique sesqui­cen­ten­nial pins to dis­trib­ute to de­serv­ing peo­ple in their rid­ings.

These pins are meant to hon­our peo­ple who ex­em­plify one or more of the themes of Canada 150: strong en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, en­gag­ing and in­spir­ing youth, pro­mot­ing a di­verse and in­clu­sive Canada, and sup­port­ing na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with In­dige­nous and non-In­dige­nous Cana­di­ans. Those cho­sen were nom­i­nated by in­di­vid­u­als in their com­mu­ni­ties. Long Range Moun­tains MP Gudie Hutch­ings pre­sented sesqui­cen­ten­nial pins to three peo­ple in the rid­ing.

Cathy Lomond of Port aux Basques has been an ac­tive vol­un­teer for many years for or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the Cham­ber of Com­merce and Port aux Basques Come Home Year com­mit­tees. She has been in­volved in pro­mot­ing healthy liv­ing, and has served on var­i­ous tourism boards and sev­eral not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. She is known for giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity and prov­ince through her end­less vol­un­teer­ing.

Lomond is owner/op­er­a­tor of the Port aux Basques Ho­tel, where she proudly fea­tures lo­cal cui­sine in her restau­rant in­clud­ing fish and big game. Her ho­tel is the first in Canada to of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tions specif­i­cally al­tered to fa­cil­i­tate travel for par­ents and kids on the autism spec­trum by adding safety fea­tures and spe­cial­ized equip­ment.

Patsy Brown­rigg of Co­droy Val­ley has vol­un­teered in many ca­pac­i­ties in­clud­ing com­mu­nity fundrais­ers, sup­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als in cri­sis, and rais­ing money for the lo­cal fire brigade. She has been ac­tive in sports and re­cre­ation through or­ga­niz­ing bas­ket­ball leagues, coach­ing, and ref­er­ee­ing games.

Brown­rigg has a passion for mu­sic and is known for her ex­cel­lent vo­cals. She vol­un­teers as chair of the Co­droy Val­ley Folk Fes­ti­val, co­or­di­nates open-mike nights, and sings in the lo­cal church choir. She is in­volved in many other ac­tiv­i­ties and groups, and is com­mit­ted to mak­ing her com­mu­nity a bet­ter place for all.

One other sesqui­cen­ten­nial pin was pre­sented to a res­i­dent of Port aux Basques who re­quested to re­main anony­mous.


MP Gudie Hutch­ings and Patsy Brown­rigg


MP Gudie Hutch­ings with Cathy Lomond, fam­ily and friends.

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