Village of Hilton Beach: Rename the Waterfront Centre for Gloria Fischer
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Few people have had the impact on Hilton Beach and St. Joseph Island as Gloria Fischer. Whether through a kind act, some encouraging words, a charitable donation, or her time, Gloria gave everything she had to her community - figuratively and literally.
As clerk of Hilton Beach, she worked nearly 30 years to modernize and expand the services of the community, with a focus on youth, seniors and those with disabilities.
Much of the modernization of the community over the past thirty years can be attributed at least in part to Gloria Fischer. She secured funding and oversaw major projects like the Marina, the Waterfront Centre, the Community Hall, the sewer and water system, the Marina expansion, the Waterfront Centre expansion, and more. And of course, every facility was handicapped accessible.
The youth of the community were especially close to Gloria's heart. Playgrounds, recreational facilities and even a skate park (over a decade before the Sault got one - she was quite proud of that) were high on her list of priorities. Gloria gave dozens of young people their first work experience, providing valuable guidance and mentorship, often for years after. She kept in touch with many of them as they grew up and followed their path to success that perhaps sprouted from that early experience and encouragement from Gloria.
This is a legacy that any public servant would be humbled to have.
And it is time for this community to recognize that legacy.
We petition the Village of Hilton Beach to rename The Waterfront Centre in honour of Gloria: The Gloria Elaine Fischer Centre.
With its first renovation being one of her first projects and its expansion being one of her last projects, The Waterfront Centre overlooks the Marina and the All Season Surface, two projects she was most proud of. The Waterfront Centre is a centre for local government and small business, both of which she cared about deeply.
Renaming the building in her honour would be a fitting tribute to a woman who gave everything she had to Hilton Beach... not to build a legacy, but to build a community.
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