I am very pleased to share that Council approved three commemorative naming proposals including the proposal to rename Rink A at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex Katie Xu and Jack Fan Rink, to commemorate two Special Olympics medalists who have been ambassadors for the special needs community. Orléans and Rideau-Rockcliffe will be home to Roger Montpetit Park and Helen Redpath Thomson Park, respectively. In addition, Council also approved a motion to name the Kanata Town Centre Core Park “Parc Bill Teron Park” in honour of the late Bill Teron.
Both Katie and Jack are hardworking athletes active in the Stittsville community. Last year, Jack was named Male Athlete of the Year by Special Olympics Canada and both were nominated for Youth Citizen of the Year at the Stittsville Appreciation Awards.
I would like to provide my thanks to everyone in the community who took the time to submit their comments as this proposal moved forward. And my sincerest congratulations to Katie and Jack!