Tributes are coming in tonight for Gananoque’s first female mayor. Sylvia Fletcher-Thomas has died at the age of 68. Those who worked with Fletcher-Thomas describe her as a friendly mayor who loved the town and was a champion of open government. During her two terms as mayor — Fletcher-Thomas also brought a casino to town. Mike Postovit has more on her political legacy.
When it came to politics — Sylvia Fletcher Thomas loved what she did. And everyone around her knew it.
“Mom wanted to make a difference — it was all about making things better for people and making the world a better place and her world, her Gananoque better.”
The eldest of 12 children — she was 1st elected to Gananoque council back in 1994. She then served 2 terms as mayor — the first female mayor in the town’s history.
“She’s quite a role model — she broke that barrier and was successful.”
Jim Garrah/Former Gananoque Mayor
“I think of her as a really nice person — a person who really liked Gananoque, liked the people in Gananoque — knew almost everybody in Gananoque.”
During her time as mayor — Fletcher Thomas dealt with a number of issues including the construction of the emergency services building on Herbert Street — as well as the casino.
This former mayor says Fletcher Thomas definitely had vision.
“There’s a major park that we have on the waterfront — when that was purchased — that’s a 100 year decision — it’s there and it’s going to be there for a long, long time. The police – fire station — it’s going to be there a long, long time. The casino — that contributes so much money to Gananoque over the years we hope will be there a long, long time. 1.7 million every year is not chump change and Sylvie can take credit for a lot of that.”
“She had this amazing energy — people said it over the weekend — she would light-up a room.
Sylvia Fletcher Thomas was 68 years old. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Gananoque.