MPP Christmas event benefits food banks,
MPP Steve Clark’s Christmas event helps out area food banks
This was the year Steve Clark became a minister, but his Christmas event here Sunday was all about family, friends and helping people in need.
The annual Christmas reception hosted by Leeds- Grenville– Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark took place on Sunday afternoon. Clark and his wife Deanna welcomed a steady stream of constituents at the public event.
When asked for what he is thankful for, the MPP’s response was immediate.
“I’m most thankful for family,” stated Clark, who noted he now has three wonderful grandkids.
In commenting that it’s been a really good year, he indicated that the Christmas season provides a great opportunity for people to get together.
The event included complimentary food and a visit by Santa Claus, as well as music performed by the Sandy Wilson Duo.
Guests at the MPP’s reception were asked to bring canned goods for food banks in Brockville, Gananoque, Athens, and South Grenville. It was estimated that a few thousand non-perishable items were collected.
Clark has maintained the Christmas reception tradition established by his predecessor, Bob Runciman. The longtime Leeds-Grenville MPP who left Queen’s Park to serve in the Senate, until his retirement in August 2017, was on hand Sunday afternoon.
Clark, who was first elected to the Ontario legislature in a 2010 byelection and was re-elected in 2011, 2014 and in June of this year, now serves as municipal affairs and housing minister in the Progressive Conservative government.
There were many current and former local municipal council members in attendance at the event. Among them was incoming Brockville councillor Cameron Wales.
The young rookie councillor said he was looking forward to an “interesting ride” as he prepared to begin his four-year term of office.
Also on hand at the MPP’s reception was retired businessman and former Prescott councillor Jim French, who quipped that he is thankful for still being alive.
“This is a beautiful area right on the St. Lawrence River,” observed French, who especially likes summers in the region. How about the winters? “Well, that’s a little different,” he responded.
Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark's annual Christmas reception on Sunday was a chance for the community again to show its generosity for those in need over the holiday season through donations of non-perishable items collected by volunteers from the Athens, Brockville, Gananoque and South Grenville food banks. Pictured with MPP Clark are, from left, JoAnne Sytsma and Theresa Sosnowski from the Brockville and Area Food Bank, Bonnie Pidgeon Cougler of the South Grenville Food Bank, Barb Jenkins from the Gananoque Food Bank, and Bernice McLean and Charlotte Hoy of the Athens and Area Food Bank.
From left, Jean and Jim French are welcomed by Deanna and Steve Clark at the local MPP’s Christmas reception at the Brockville Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon.