City builders recognized

At a public meeting earlier this week, your City Councillors recognized the city-building work of three groups and initiatives—and the people who bring them to life.

Candy Cane Lane, 50th Anniversary

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Andrew, Claire and Eva Kay, Dave Straub, Mike and Shawn Loeffler, Duane Hunter,Matt Oldham, Gino Ripoli, Diana Steele, Ben Steele and Sam Steele were in City Hall to hear Ward 1 Councillor Andrew Knack praise them for protecting and growing the tradition of Candy Cane Lane. In part, Councillor Knack said:

“Strolling through the streets and admiring the carefully crafted displays of Candy Cane Lane is a beloved Christmas tradition for many Edmonton families.”

But Candy Cane Lane is so much more than a dazzling winter display. It’s also a wonderful reminder of the power of community and the importance of giving during the holiday season.”

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Every year, Candy Cane Lane gathers donations to support Edmonton’s Food Bank.

Candy Cane Lane officially opens on Dec. 7, and runs from sunset to midnight until Jan. 1, 2019.

Maida Findlay and Calvin Avery

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In 2004, Maida Findlay and Calvin Avery took the reins of the Kids in the Hall bistro and program, having been among the first two employees of the social enterprise run by the non-profit E4C.

In his commendation, Ward 10 Councillor Michael Walters said, in part:

“Since it opened its doors, more than 800 youth have worked in the bistro and more than 4,500 youth have benefitted from their outreach programs.

And while these numbers are impressive in and of themselves, a true indicator of how successful and vital this program has been for our city, and for our vulnerable youth is the regularity of former program members returning months, and sometimes years later, with stories of growth and sentiments of sincere appreciation.

Maida and Calvin, you have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of thousands of young Edmontonians.”

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The Hallway is located on the main floor of Edmonton City Hall.

City of Edmonton Snow Emergency Response Team

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On October 2, the City of Calgary got walloped by a record-breaking 32.8 centimetre snowfall. It was the snowiest fall day since 1881. Under a mutual help agreement, the City of Edmonton immediately answered the City of Calgary’s call for help, mobilizing team members from Fleet and Facility Services and Parks and Roads Services.

Representatives of those teams were in City Council chambers to hear Mayor Don Iveson say, in part:

“Team members worked whatever shifts they were assigned in order to clear the streets for citizens quickly and safely.

We often say what makes Edmonton so great is our people, and each and every one of you exemplified this during this crisis.”

And those team members watched video highlights of their work.

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