A message from Mayor Struthers


The COVID-19 pandemic will not be eliminated at a particular point in time, but through a sustained effort by all of us.

As we work through the challenges of COVID-19, it has been extremely heartening to see how the Merrickville-Wolford community has pulled together to protect public health and safety, supporting one another – our neighbours, friends, local businesses, essential workers, and more. We are one community.

It is critical that we all continue to work together in this way to overcome this threat, showing support, encouragement, compassion and flexibility to one another. We cannot lose sight of this. To beat the threat that COVID-19 presents to our physical and economic health, we have to stay united, fighting this virus together. Let’s stay focused on our ultimate objective. This is a time when our individual and collective leadership to the entire community is vital and we will continue to communicate with you as things progress.

Thank you again for your continued diligence as businesses are allowed to reopen.

Collaboration amongst area municipalities is paramount during this unprecedented time. I am pleased to advise that I am a member of the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Economic Recovery Alliance, a group formed to minimize the adverse effects on business and redefine our needs to support economic recovery, sustainability and growth. This Alliance will set broad priorities for economic recovery that will be acted upon by Recovery Task Force Teams over the recovery phases.

Counter to our natural instincts, in this situation working together means staying apart; abiding by the Provincial Emergency Orders and guidelines published by our public health officials to keep everyone safe. To the extent that we continue to achieve this, the number of confirmed cases will stay low and Premier Ford will be able to further ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus. It is very clear in this situation that “slow and steady wins the race”.

Most importantly, please continue stay safe and healthy!”

Mayor J. Douglas Struthers


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