North Grenville relies on volunteers for almost every good thing that happens in our community. Our friends and neighbours give up an extraordinary amount of time and expend an incredible amount of energy to organise events and activities for our entertainment and education. Canada Day exemplifies this wonderful aspect of our social lives.
The Oxford Mills Community Association has been putting on Canada Day activities in Maplewood Park for many, many years. From very simple beginnings in the old gazebo with a few local musicians and homemade birthday cake, to the gathering last Friday with so many people under the green canopy of the old maple trees, every year has been a triumph of community and volunteerism.
The Kemptville and District Community Association is more recent in its existence, but it has built on the foundations laid by previous volunteers who have arranged Canada Day and the old Dandelion Festival, among so many other great events. Although we had to go without the Rotary Canada Day Parade once again, the KDCA put on a wonderful day of fun, music, and entertainment of all kinds. It takes so much time and effort to get these things to work as well as they did last week, and it says so much about the willingness of the volunteers to ensure we have these activities which are so vital to the health of all residents.
So, many thanks to all those in both Associations, and those who joined with them to give us another national birthday party, bringing us together once again after so many months of isolation, fear, and loss. The entire municipality of North Grenville is in your debt. Thank you all!