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Niagara Light of Hope

5/25/20

by: 2021 Canada Games Host Society

NIAGARA LIGHT OF HOPE UNITES REGION WITH MESSAGE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Over the last couple of weeks, the 2021 Canada Games Host Society, in partnership with Production Service Industries (PSI) Niagara, presented the Niagara Light of Hope in all 13 municipalities across the region (including the Regional Municipality), effectively unifying Niagara’s residents with a message of hope and solidarity in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Altogether, the Niagara Light Hope travelled over 360 kilometres over the course of 17 days.

While its journey began at the Regional Municipality headquarters on May 3rd, the Niagara Light of Hope made its final stop in Wainfleet on May 19th, having marked the skyline of each and every municipality in the Niagara Region.

In addition to its encouraging message, this initiative also served as a tribute to frontline workers, who continue to serve Niagara’s communities in the fight against COVID-19, and have helped them persevere through the current challenges.

“It is during challenging times like these that we are given the opportunity to show our support and appreciation for those who are on the frontlines, tirelessly doing their jobs to keep us all safe, healthy and fed,” said Jim Bradley, Niagara’s Regional Chair. “The Light of Hope initiative is a small way to show our gratitude, while also demonstrating that we are eternally hopeful for a brighter future.” 

“[On May 4th], we had the privilege of hosting the Niagara Light of Hope. Many rays joined to create one strong beam, representing the strength of our community and appreciation for frontline workers. We are #AllInThisTogether.” - Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls

“We welcome the Light of Hope to Port Colborne in honour of our frontline workers during this pandemic. On behalf of the citizens of Port Colborne, we thank you. You’ve done a great job” - Bill Steele, Mayor of Port Colborne

“I just want to say thank you to the frontline workers. This Niagara Light of Hope is for all of you who have the courage, who have made the sacrifices, and who have been on the frontline protecting our community.” - Walter Sendzik, Mayor of St. Catharines

“I want to thank the 2021 Canada Summer Games for coming to Thorold [on May 6th] with the Light of Hope. The Light of Hope is representative of not only hope but solidarity, as all the municipalities in the region come together during the COVID-19 pandemic.” - Terry Ugulini, Mayor of Thorold

“We are really happy to have the Light of Hope here in Welland in recognition of all the hard work by the frontline workers that are keeping us safe through the COVID-19 battle — and that’s a battle we’re all going to win together because we are working together.” - Frank Campion, Mayor of Welland

“I want to thank all of our frontline and essential workers for helping to keep us safe, protecting us and serving us through these extraordinary times. This Light of Hope will make sure that we get through this pandemic, that we survive it, and that we are stronger for it. ” - Wayne Redekop, Mayor of Fort Erie

“Thank you Grimsby and all the municipalities in the Niagara Region for coming together in these difficult times. Thank you to our frontline workers who continue to provide essential services every day. Together we have hope, together we are strong, and together we will get through this.” — Jeff Jordan, Mayor of Grimsby

“I thank the Light of Hope for the inspiration that it’s bringing to our communities all over Niagara. The town of Lincoln is thankful for all the valiant efforts of all our first responders, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” — Sandra Easton, Mayor of Lincoln

“I want to thank the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games for bringing this beautiful blue light of hope to our wonderful town. I also want to say, on behalf of the town, a very big thank you to all the frontline workers who put our lives before theirs to service our community.” — Betty Disero, Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake

“[This light] is for the frontline workers, who we are honouring [on May 13th]. They continue to serve the community and make us all proud. This is just a small way for us to show our appreciation to them. Thank you.” — Marvin Junkin, Mayor of Pelham

“This is an excellent opportunity to honour those who are working so diligently [on the frontlines]. From the bottom of our hearts in our community, we would like to give you thanks and we greatly appreciate what you are doing.” — David Bylsma, Mayor of West Lincoln

“[The Niagara Light of Hope] is a fantastic initiative for bringing the Niagara community together because of COVID-19. Make sure you thank all the frontline people that are making our lives still work. The lights here [on May 19th] are a fantastic celebration of how well Niagara is doing.” - Kevin Gibson, Mayor of Wainfleet

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