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Carol Gates, Chair, Port Stanley BIA
New Port Stanley Rainbow Cross Walks

The Port Stanley BIA has unveiled it's most recent beautification project at the corner of Edith Cavell Blvd. and William St. How fitting that it coincides with the 50th year of Pride celebrations! The Port Stanley BIA is comprised of all of the business owners in the BIA area who pay an annual levy towards promotion and beautification. Those funds are then managed by a volunteer board. A portion of this years levy paid the bill and Mike Karda and Ted Halwa were the lead volunteers on the project to have the rainbow cross walks installed.

"The best part of the project was that unlike what some other municipalities have experienced, the project had full support right from the start" says Carol Gates, Chair of the BIA. Dianne Morgan was the citizen who brought it to the attention of the BIA that this is a moment worth celebrating. " I thought it was important because I have seen the struggle in other municipalities across the country to make this important project happen. Our village is welcoming and inclusive and our Council is a supportive one -- our rainbow crosswalk is a gleaming symbol of this. With the month of June 2019 marking the 50th year of Pride, there is no better time to celebrate everything the LGBTQ rainbow signifies." says Morgan.

BIA Board Member, Councillor Colleen Row, Councillor for Ward 1 Port Stanley stated "I appreciate everything the BIA is doing to beautify Port Stanley!" While Port Stanley is known as a village that is incredibly inclusive all year round, the rainbow cross walks are a terrific symbol of that. "Everyone is welcome in Port Stanley!" said Mike Karda, lead on the project.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 06 June 2019 17:34:55 PM EST

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