On New Years Day, groups gathered at City Hall to celebrate the New Year and talk with public officials on what the future will bring.
Bryan Paterson / Mayor, City of Kingston:
” I think it’s just a great opportunity for the community to come together, ring in the New Year, and look forward to an exciting year to come. ”
” I think it’s wonderful for people to get together and, you know, in a lot of cases you see people that haven’t seen each other for a long time. And it’s a re-establishment of their friendship and their, getting to know each other again.”
Dozens waited in line to have a quick chat with MP Mark Gerretsen, MPP Sophie Kiwala, and most of Kingston’s City Council. Which they say is an important opportunity in our community.
“I do, I do. It’s very much a coming together of all sorts of people in Kingston and it’s nice to know what your elected officials are up to… You don’t get a detail, but you do get a feeling about it.”
Moving forward, Mayor Bryan Paterson says that 2017 is going to be an exciting year for Kingston!
“We left on a really good note for 2016, and I think it really sets the table for an exciting 2017. We’ve got a lot of exciting issues and projects coming down the pipe, and I’m looking forward to really diving into it.”
In addition, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. Former Mayor, Isabel Turner says she’s looking forward to celebrating with others.
“I’m going to get out there and I’m going to participate. Just participate with people and see what’s going on.”
The City says they will be holding lots of events to celebrate along with the rest of the country.
Callie Warren, CKWS News, Kingston