Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory Change Executive

Centennial Conservatory is closed for the weekend due to falling glass.
Centennial Conservatory
Centennial Conservatory is closed for the weekend due to falling glass.
Centennial Conservatory

THUNDER BAY – LETTERS – It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation as Chairperson for the Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory.  Over the past three years, the executive of the Friends group has made tremendous efforts to bring the Centennial Botanical Conservatory back to relevance, and I am extremely proud of whatever influence we may have had in making those changes a reality.

After three years, it is time to hand the reins over – my husband Werner and I will be relocating to Vernon BC – but I will continue, even from afar, to stand as Past Chair and to assist the incoming Co-Chairs, Sharon & Kevin Sidlar, in whatever way possible. The group will be in great hands under their leadership and I ask that all members continue to offer their support to Sharon and Kevin.

I want to thank the Executive members of the group for having the faith in me to allow me to represent them the past few years. Thanks to Mike Dixon, Karen Nadeau and the Conservatory staff for welcoming the Friends group – I consider myself blessed to have developed a great friendship with each of you. We can be proud of the positive & unique relationship we forged in the benefit of the Conservatory.

I also want to thank City Council members for their support of the Conservatory, especially in the past year and a half.  I hope that this positive relationship continues to flourish as we strive to make the Conservatory reach its potential.

A lot of the hard work has been done – but there is still so much more we can do for our beautiful Conservatory, and I look forward to seeing all the amazing things that can happen for this botanical gem!

Going forward, I ask that you continue to support the Friends group. It has been a true pleasure to work with each of you for our collective love of Thunder Bay’s Conservatory.

 PS – Sharon & Kevin can be reached at our email –

Kathleen Ott


Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory

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