Mayor Hope says Premier Wynne’s visit a positive for the community

During her visit to Chatham-Kent Thursday Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne received a number of gifts created by local artists. Here the premier is seen receiving the painting “Up” by Danielle Dupuis from Thames Art Gallery curator Pamela Edmonds and Stephanie Saunders, curator of the Chatham-Kent Museum. Image: Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Premier Wynne and Mayor Hope in Chatham on July 27, 2017. Image: Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope described Thursday’s visit by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne as “very positive” for the municipality. “I was extremely impressed with the Premier,” he said. “She took time to meet with people outside the museum who were protesting a variety of issues and genuinely wanted to hear what they had to say.”

Premier Wynne’s visit included a tour of the Chatham-Kent Museum and the Thames Art Gallery where she viewed “Michael Chambers, Shadows to Silver” featuring photographic works from the artist, a documentary screening about Chamber’s practice by filmmaker Anton Wagner, and photographic portraits in the Mezzanine in partnership with the Buxton Museum and CK Black Historical Society. She then had a private meeting with the mayor and later met with greenhouse owners and operators to discuss that burgeoning portion of Ontario’s agriculture sector.

Mayor Hope said he had a wide-ranging discussion with Premier Wynne, touching on ways the province and municipality can work more closely together on a variety of agricultural, economic and community issues. “I gained insights from Premier Wynne about the province’s view on a number of issues and from our perspective it was good for her to hear first-hand about what’s important to our community,” Hope said. “That kind of grass-roots information really connects the premier to our community. She spent more time here than originally planned and I believe she enjoyed herself.” During her visit she received gifts of work from local artists consisting of a painting “Up” by Danielle Dupuis, pottery by Janet Johnston and original hand-painted card by Darla Fisher-Odjig.

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