Library steering committee selected
A steering committee to establish a new library building was established during the April 12 Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) council meeting.
Funding was included in this 2022-23 budget to develop and construct a new Thomas H. Raddall Library to replace the current library which is contained within leased space at the Rossignol Cultural Centre in Liverpool.
A draft Terms of Reference document for the committee members was presented at the March 22 council meeting and passed at the April 12th meeting.
The steering committee members are made up of two members of the South Shore Public Libraries from RQM — Councillor David Brown and Tom Sheppard; two members of the South Shore Public Libraries staff — Interim Chief Librarian Jeff Mercer and local branch manager Davie Trueman; and two regular users of the library — Jessica Joudrey and Susan DeChamp, as chosen by the local library.
The grandson of the library’s namesake, Thomas H. Raddall III, is also on the committee as an honorary chairperson.
According to the approved Terms of Reference for the committee, its purpose will be to provide the municipal council with “educated, knowledgeable and practical first-hand advice, education and recommendations for the design, layout, placement, programs and services for a new Thomas H. Raddall Library.”
Provincial award representatives
In an annual tradition, municipalities across the province select two volunteers to represent them and to be recognized at a provincial volunteer awards ceremony that will be held this year in September. In a non-pandemic year, it is held just prior to National Volunteer Week which will be April 24-30, 2022.
This year’s representatives from the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) are Scott Christian of Mersey Point and David Freeman of Milton. They will attend the event that sees 70 volunteers from across the province get honoured.
RQM has a monthly volunteer recognition program called Ripple Effect, which allows the public to recognize the volunteer contributions of others. Nominations are accepted year-round and the winners are posted on social media.
The names of the monthly Ripple Effect winners are put into a container and two names are chosen at random during an RQM council meeting.
Over this past year, from Feb 2021 until March 2022, there were just three nominations made: Scott Christian, David Freeman and Dianne Huskins.
RQM Mayor Darlene Norman noted that the provincial government generally only allows one representative per municipal unit, but because RQM is a combined municipal unit with the amalgamation of the Town of Liverpool and the County of Queens two are allowed.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin