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Local committee continues to progress toward fundraising goals

Canora Tourism Fundraising Committee raised over $32,000 over the summer to help the community.

The Canora Tourism Fundraising Committee has had a very busy summer with fundraising totals reaching over $32,000.

“Our committee consists of very hard-working, like-minded people who have one thing in common and that is making our community a better place to live,” said Community Development Officer Brandi Zavislak.

“Our committee is made up of members of all ages who are leaders in our community. We have two very important goals which are to increase commerce through tourism and community enhancement projects. We host community events that generate a lot of tourism and the people who come to our community spend money in our stores and generate income for our local businesses.”

Volunteer committee members include former community leaders who have put in many volunteer hours over the past several decades: Terry Dennis, Gina Rakochy and Kristen Gabora.

Current community leaders involved in the committee are Councillors Denise Leslie, Dave Wasyliw and Jacque Fetchuk, as well as Mayor Mike Kwas and his wife Jessica, who also volunteer their time hosting these popular community events.

“It usually is the same people who volunteer to try make a difference in small communities and those who complain the most or critique our efforts do not pitch in to volunteer,” continued Zavislak. “That’s why I say if you have an issue with something in our community join a committee to make a difference. There are a ton of community groups that need more help and can use more volunteers. It is always easy to criticize when you don’t participate or aren’t involved in the positive changes.”

During the summer, events hosted by the Canora Tourism Fundraising Committee included: the Farmers’ Market, the Evening Market and Barbecue during Canora in Bloom Week, as well as the big event of the summer, The Live & Play Street Festival, and lastly, Friday at Five at the CN Station House Museum.

“All of these events were a great success promoting tourism and commerce in our community,” enthused Zavislak. “All of the funds raised are going towards the new entrance signs for the Town of Canora.

“The committee is looking forward to hosting another event or two prior to the new year. Stay tuned for what we will be hosting next.” 

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