Warm Holiday Season Kicks Off in Fort William

There were too many people to fit them all in a picture. The Peace Walk at City Hall getting ready to march
There were too many people to fit them all in a picture. The Peace Walk at City Hall getting ready to march

Warm Fort William Hearts Start Holidays

THUNDER BAY – The heart of the Fort William downtown was chilly outside but warm with the Peace Walk, the Songs of the Holiday Season and the 19th annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Paterson Park. The Peace Walk brought 49 people out to make a statement that the neighbourhood is going to be open and safe for all.

Mayor Hobbs spoke about the importance of how individuals in our city make a difference. The Mayor pointed to the Evergreen Neighbourhood where Linda Bruins has done wonders, and the Windsor / Blucher Neighbourhood where Alaina King and the Community Action Group have made that neighbourhood much better.

Mayor Hobbs Shares some Thoughts

The event was well attended, and after a chilly walk, and a beautiful tree lighting, along with hot apple cider that was as warming to the hands and the stomach, everyone headed inside to Victoriaville for some song, cheer and fun.

A Group of Young People Share the Smiles

Bundled up to stay warm... keeping smiles at City Hall the Children were excited.
Bundled up to stay warm… keeping smiles at City Hall the Children were excited.

 The Peace Walk Was A Success!

There were too many people to fit them all in a picture. The Peace Walk at City Hall getting ready to march
There were too many people to fit them all in a picture. The Peace Walk at City Hall getting ready to march

 Mayor Hobbs with Organizer Shelby Ch’ng

Mayor Hobbs and Peace Walk Organizer Shelby Ch'ng share a smile
Mayor Hobbs and Peace Walk Organizer Shelby Ch’ng share a smile

 Waiting for the Tree Lighting

Waiting for the lights on the tree to come on at Paterson Park
Waiting for the lights on the tree to come on at Paterson Park

 Journey was willing to be petted by everyone!

Journey, a large Newfoundlander dog at the tree lighting showed up so people could be warmed up petting him as he didn't seem to mind the cool weather
Journey, a large Newfoundlander dog at the tree lighting showed up so people could be warmed up petting him as he didn’t seem to mind the cool weather

 Inside Victoriaville the Jolly Old Elf 

Santa at Victoriaville, there is no word if he is using an iPad to record his list this year.
Santa at Victoriaville, there is no word if he is using an iPad to record his list this year.

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