“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a community in my riding that has been dealt some difficult blows of late, but I want to acknowledge their amazing spirit in the face of adversity. When the Village of Orono learned, through no fault of their own, that they may be losing some key services – for example, their only bank and their LCBO – they came together as a group just two nights ago. Over 100 members of this tight-knit community gathered not to blame, not to complain, but to come up with solutions in an encouraging show of collective spirit.
They realize that they want to move the village forward by looking to the future, rather than the past. They’ve formed an action committee to help shape a dynamic plan going forward.
Rural communities like Orono face particular difficulties, but it’s so inspiring when residents come together to chart their own destinies. I applaud their efforts, and I look forward to supporting the Village of Orono in their actions moving forward.”