MP presents sesquicentennial pins to residents making a difference
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.