It was another wonderful celebration of the nation in July, as Canada celebrated it’s 151st birthday.

Residents of Wabaseemong were also celebrating, as evacuees were able to return to their homes following Kenora Fire 71 – which burned over 11,000 hectares and required close to 200 firefighters to battle the blaze.

The Kenora branch of Habitat for Humanity broke ground on their new build next to the Ukranian Hall to support the Thurston family.

“It’s a mind-blowing experience. It doesn’t seem real,” said Mat Thurston. “I’m excited to get a new house, new bathrooms and all of that stuff,” said daughter Aaliyah. “I want a pink bedroom and some toys!” said the youngest daughter, Hailey.

Construction also began on the Rotary Club’s Splash Park project.

Kaija Saarinen, the owner of Kenora’s Green and Gone Pest Solutions, won Northern Ontario Business’ Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards.

 Kenora city council paid tribute to Alice Jardine for 50 years of volunteer work in the community. After the short ceremony, Jardine recalled how it all began.

"I went to the Kendo Credit Union, every month, once or twice. I would lick the envelope, and put in the statements -- or anything else they would want me to put in. I did that for eight years," she said, shaking her head at the memory.

Jardine has since joined and led many boards and committees, most notably with the legion auxilliary, hospital and community foundation.

For more information:
Happy birthday Canada!
Evacuees return to Wabaseemoong
Habitat for Humanity supporting Thurston’s
Kenora resident wins young entrepreneur of the year
Jardine recognized for 50 years
Splash Park construction begins

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