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Brantford's Name the Park Challenge "Ferras Park" memorial

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I would like to suggest and get your support for naming one of the parks in Brant County to "Ferras Park" In memory Janet Ferras, of Al's Shoe Factory, its a Brantford Family Success Story for 50 plus years ,Janet Ferras touched many many lives in Brantford. She is missed greatly by many people. She loved Brantford and it's history. A park in her name would be a great honor to her commitment and dedication to family, Janet will always be remembered for.her kindness and Giving back to our Community. When i read this online "Name the Park Challenge" there was only one name that came to mind Janet Ferras "Ferras Park"


Cherie Tiffin-Szucs feeling thankful at Al's Shoe Factory Outlet.
October 1, 2016 · Simcoe, ON ·
Enormous thanks to Marty and Jeff of Al's Shoes, King George Road in Brantford for your incredible donation!! Lucky little ones at Tumaini and thank you Mama Leslie Simpson for facilitating this!!!

CORE Refugee Sponsorship
March 13, 2016 ·
Thank you so much to Al's Shoe Factory Outlet in Simcoe for your generosity and kindness!

Haldimand & Norfolk Women's Services
February 1, 2016 ·
Thank you to Al's Shoe Factory Outlet, Simcoe for their recent donation of new shoes to the women and children residing in our shelter. Hooray for warm and dry feet! #hnwsthankful

98.9 myFM
March 8, 2016 · Simcoe, ON ·
A true act of generosity has not gone unnoticed.
Al's Shoe Factory Outlet owners John and Leora Ferris heard about local churches bringing in Syrian families to the area and wanted to do their part to help.

98.9 myFM
March 10, 2016 ·
Al's Shoe Factory Outlet made a huge donation for charity.
Early this morning they loaded thousands of shoes on to a truck set to be delivered to those in need all around the world.
Full story on our website...
Brant Waterways Foundation

May 14, 2016 ·
We want to 'shout out' our thanks to Al's Shoes Factory Outlet for sponsoring our 28th annual fundraising dinner this year!
Mike Fidler — 5 starThank you for your generous contribution to the Mexican poor. Your efforts not only assisted with providing needed shoes to Mayan Indians but also contributed to feeding the needy in Cancun through the many social services offered to the poor through the City of Joy. Mission Participant Mike Fidler

PARIS – Brant County is inviting the public to join a Name the Park Challenge to choose names for parks in residential subdivisions that have yet to be developed in the rapidly expanding areas of north and south Paris.Four parks in the challenge are in various stages of creation, from still in site plans to about to be graded.

They include:

Park 1 – Destined to be a junior-sized soccer field and playground in the Mile Hill subdivision on Rest Acres Road at Powerline Road.

Park 2 – To be located on the east side of Rest Acres Road in the Riverview Highlands subdivision. It will have a playground and gazebo.

Park 3 – To go in the Grandville subdivision. The elements of the 4.5-acre park are still being determined.

Park 4 – Destined for the Pinehurst subdivision on Pinehurst Road, backing onto Woodslee Avenue. It will have playground equipment and a multi-use court.

“The idea of issuing a challenge/9 was suggested at the March meeting of the Paris parks and recreation advisory committee,” said Kathy Ballantyne, the county’s director of parks and facilities.

A park, recreational area and facility naming policy were established, which provides the criteria for park naming, she noted.

They include geographic location, such as a neighbourhood or significant area; natural features; a person or place of historical significance; or a person, group or feature particularly identified with the land or facility.

“Naming a public facility after a living person or organization is not recommended,” Ballantyne said, “however, there are times when the community believes it is the proper thing to do.”

The person or organization should have made a major contribution to the County of Brant, either in deed or monetary contribution.

“Honouring a living individual or organization will be subject to the most careful examination,” she said.

“Honouring elected public officials may be considered after the public service has been concluded for a minimum of two years.”

A $50 parks and recreation prize pack will be awarded to an individual who provides a park name that is recommended for approval by council.

Anyone who wants to enter the challenge can visit the County of Brant website at to view the maps that show the location of the four parks in Paris.

Suggestions can also be submitted by email to, or called into the community services administration office at 519-442-1818.

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