David West  
Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor 
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November 2018






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A New Term of  Council

The election campaign is over, the signs have been removed, the campaign office has been cleaned out, and I am looking forward to getting back to work as the Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor, helping to make our community the best it can be. As I said many times during the campaign, we have a lot of work to do in the coming term of Council and many important, and sometimes difficult, decisions will need to be made to guide our community as we grow.
Throughout the campaign, there were many people that I had the pleasure to speak to at the door, on the phone, or by email. Concerns and hopes for our community were generously shared with me and for that I am truly thankful.
Most importantly I want to thank the residents of Ward 4 who voted and provided me with a solid mandate to continue proudly serving as Councillor. I am excited to continue in this role. I have no doubt that there will be challenges ahead but I look forward to honouring the trust that has been given to me by the residents of Ward 4.

I hope you find this e newsletter informative. Each month I endeavour to provide important information to residents about activities of Council, and decisions that are being made to guide our community. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns  I am always happy to speak to residents. My email address is  david.west@richmondhill.ca , my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480.

David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill

Banner Photo - Remembrance Day Services from past years in Richmond Hill

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Council News and Highlights
1.   Richmond Hill Blooms Gala and Ward 4 Winners
O n September 13th  Richmond Hill honoured 18 beautiful Front Yard Gardens (3 of them in Ward 4), at the Richmond Hill Blooms Awards ceremony. Congratulations  to all the winners for making our community even more beautiful!

1st Place - 290 Gretel Drive

2nd Place - 8 Guinevere Court

3rd Place - 7 Keble Court

2. Grant Strategy Helping to Fund Major Projects in Richmond Hill

Pioneer Park
 Council received an update on the status of grants and gas tax funding and the role that it plays in accelerating infrastructure renewal and financing innovative projects. Richmond Hill has received $52.9 million in gas tax funding since the program began in 2005. Key projects supported by gas tax funding include the environmentally friendly, LEED Silver Oak Ridges Community Centre, the Pioneer Park Stormwater Rehabilitation Project and construction of the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail. 

A plan to allocate gas tax funds is reviewed and established annually as part of Richmond Hill's Grant Strategy and included in the capital budget process. Richmond Hill is set to receive $5.9 million in gas tax funding in 2018. In addition to gas tax funding, approximately $37.1 million in grant funding from a number of federal, provincial and other grant programs has been received from 2007 to present. Approximately 33% ($12.1 million) of this was from the federal government, 65% ($24.3 million) from the provincial government and 2% ($0.7 million) from other sources such as Ontario Tire Stewardship and the Region of York. 

Major projects funded by these grants include the rehabilitation of Elgin Barrow, Elvis Stojko and Bond Lake arenas, the restoration of the George Forster House and Barns, several road reconstruction and stormwater management rehabilitation projects, parks infrastructure renewal at Richmond Green, Crosby Park and Morgan Boyle Park and accessibility upgrades at Richmond Hill's main Municipal Offices. 

3. Richmond Hill Updates Council Code of Conduct
Council approved changes to its Code of Conduct and Integrity Commissioner Procedures as recommended by its new Integrity Commissioner, ADR Chambers. The new Code and Procedures take into consideration best practices, as well as upcoming legislative changes. A number of sections have been expanded upon to provide clarity which will assist Council, Town staff and the public in understanding, interpreting and applying the Code. Updated sections include Definitions; Application and Responsibilities; Acceptance of Gifts and Benefits; Confidential Information; Council, Staff and Public Relations and Use of Municipal Property, to name a few. Council first adopted its Code of Conduct in 2010 and it was last updated in 2012. 

4.  Endorsement of York Region Inclusion Charter
Diversity is one of Richmond Hill's strengths as both a community and as an organization. And the Town prides itself on being inclusive by creating an environment where everyone can develop to their fullest potential, participate freely and live with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination. With this in mind, Council endorsed York Region's Inclusion Charter, along with a commitment statement of its own that details Richmond Hill's unique actions to implement the inclusion charter within the organization. The Inclusion Charter for York Region is a community initiative that brings together businesses, community organizations, municipalities, police services, hospitals, school boards, conservation authorities and agencies with a common commitment to create an inclusive environment with equality for all who work, live and play here. The Charter supports Richmond Hill's commitment to inclusion and enhances our ongoing work to attract and retain the best talent, promote innovation and provide an excellent service experience.  

Richmond Hill's Inclusion Charter states: Together with other participating organizations, The Town of Richmond Hill is committed to taking action to achieve the vision of the Charter in our organization and in the community. Richmond Hill celebrates its growing and diverse population and staff as a source of strength and vitality. Richmond Hill's dedication to inclusion enhances its vision to be a place "where people come together to build their community.

5.  Richmond Hill Recognized for Communication Excellence
The "Team" with Mayor Barrow

Richmond Hill Communication Service's Division presented a number of national and international awards to Council that the team won this year. Communications staff, along with the internal clients they worked with, were recognized with several industry awards for a wide range of projects, including the Gold Quill Merit Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (Gold Quill Awards are acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry for excellence in strategic communication) and Gold Hermes Creative Awards for the Canada 150 Video, Creativity Connected Promotional Pieces and the Richmond Hill Skate Trail video. The Canada 150 Banners Richmond Hill displayed along the Heritage Walk at Richmond Green last summer were recognized with a Hermes Honourable Mention. 

These awards reflect the collaborative effort between Communication Services and various divisions, including Event Services, Recreation and Culture, Public Works Operations and Strategic Initiatives.

6. Richmond Hill Introduces New Employee Strategy

At the Monday, September 17 Committee of the Whole meeting, Council received a presentation about Richmond Hill's new Employee Strategy and an update on Workforce Planning. The new Employee Strategy details Richmond Hill's vision for an ideal workplace, along with three goals and a number of actions to continue to build a healthy workplace. 

Actions include enhanced learning and development opportunities for staff, succession planning and other efforts to retain and attract the right staff with the right skills to ensure the Town continues providing quality services to its residents. Work to develop the workforce planning framework has already begun, including an approach to succession planning and career pathing, and management supports to implement these changes.

7. Richmond Hill Abuzz with Bee City Designation
Richmond Hill has been recognized for its ongoing efforts and commitment to protect pollinators and their habitat with a Bee City Designation from Bee City Canada. The Town has a number of policies and initiatives in place to help pollinators, including an Official Plan policy to increase the percentage of native plants in town landscaping, such as milkweed; and a new Community Garden Policy that led to the establishment of a pollinator garden at the Mill Pond Gallery in 2018. 

In addition, through its Community Stewardship Program, volunteers plant thousands of native trees and wildflowers in parks and natural areas each year. Richmond Hill also has a Healthy Yards Program that offers residents the chance to purchase native plants for their own property at a subsidized cost. Richmond Hill is committed to continuing to create a healthy pollinator habitat, educating the community about the importance of pollinators and celebrating pollinators by building on initiatives already underway and exploring new opportunities.

8. Young Richmond Hill Entrepreneur Recognized
Each year, the William F. Bell Young Entrepreneur Award is presented to a young business person to recognize their entrepreneurial successes. This year, Joshua Gomes-Szoke, founder of Grass Stylists, was selected to receive the award. Joshua provided 
lawn mowing services to the community during the summer with assistance from the Ontario Summer Company Program. He achieved the most revenue amongst his colleagues and made a positive impression in the community, having his story covered in The Liberal. 

The William F. Bell Young Entrepreneur Award was established in honour of Richmond Hill's longest-serving Mayor and long-time supporter of youth and business. In partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Richmond Hill's Small Business Enterprise Centre delivers the Summer Company Program, which, since 2004, has helped more than 130 young people explore entrepreneurship as a career option and launch summer businesses through the program. 
Mayor Barrow with recipient Joshua Gomes-Szoke, John Bell & Jackie Bell - 
former Mayor Bell's brother and wife

9.  International Watercolour Society - "A Symphony in Watercolour"

A group of international watercolour artists visited Richmond Hill for the International Watercolour Society convention in October. Thanks to Richmond Hill's Ona Kingdon for inviting her colleagues from all over the world to stay and paint in our community. I appreciated being able to help, along with Councillor Cilevitz, to ensure that Richmond Hill was the host community for this year's international event. 

Demonstrations, and awards for a number of beautiful works of art were handed out to international artists, including a few of our own local artists. Beautiful art from around the world was displayed in the Boynton House Gallery. Supporting Art and Culture is an important priority in our community. We know art enriches our lives and it also directly and indirectly contributes to our economy. I was very proud that Richmond Hill was the host community for this group.  For more information please click here.

10. Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services Welcomes new Recruits and Honours Long Serving Members 
In October Richmond Hill  welcomed new recruits to our Fire Service and also honoured members who have been protecting and serving our community for many years. 

Richmond Hill appreciates the service that these brave men and women provide us!

11. Ignite Fair - Promoting Youth Involvement in our Community
For the 5th year the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts hosted the Ignite Fair. This conference is designed to connect youth willing to volunteer in the community to organizations looking for help. 

Through this annual  initiative thousands of volunteer hours have been donated to many worthy organizations in our community. To learn more about Ignite Fair visit http://ignitefair.strikingly.com/

12. Remember - Yiddish Ghetto Songs
For the 10th year in a row  Richmond  Hill has partnered with Beit Rayim Synagogue to honour victims of the Holocaust. 

This year's performance featured a selection of songs and music written during the Second World War by Holocaust survivors 

The event was a time to honour the victims and survivors, to remember this horrific time in human history, and to help ensure it never happens again.

13. Creativity Connected Awards
Sharon Kirsh Emerging Artist Award
The Curtain Club Creativity Connected Award

Richmond Hill hosted its annual Creativity Connected Symposium promoting and supporting the Creative Industries in Richmond Hill. The attendees were treated  to a  number of talks on the future of technology in the Creative Industries. 

At this annual event awards are handed out to several artists. The Creativity Connected Awards recognize companies or individuals in Richmond Hill who have demonstrated excellence in the creative industries field. The purpose of the Awards is to celebrate creativity and the power of ideas in all forms. Sharon Kirsh received an Emerging Artist award and  the Richmond Hill Curtain Club received the Creative Laureate Award for their long and excellent history of work in the field of community theatre. Congratulations to the award winners and all who attended the conference.
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Ward 4 Development Applications - Update 

There are a number of development applications active in Ward 4 that continue to generate significant interest from residents.  This newsletter section is intended to keep everyone informed and updated about the status of these applications. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all active development applications in the ward, but a brief synopsis of select applications. Information that is new since the last newsletter is marked as "**NEW**" Please feel free to contact me at david.west@richmondhill.ca if you have questions about applications described below or questions about an application that is not included here. 

1. 129, 133, 141 Arnold Cres and 230 Major Mackenzie Dr. W.  
** NEW** As reported in the June issue of this e news, the applicant for this property has submitted a complete application to the Town for a proposed development on the the above stated properties. The Town and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority have since identified a number of issues that will need to be addressed by the applicant before a Council Public meeting will be held. I would like to hold a resident's meeting for this application closer to the time that the Council Public Meeting will occur. Please stay tuned to this e newsletter for a date for these meetings. For those living in the area I will also send out a hard copy invitation to both of these meetings when the time comes.

2. 35 Wright St.
The proposed application at 35 Wright St. seeks to amend the Zoning By-Law to permit a 6 storey office building to be constructed on the subject lands. 

I hosted a Residents' Meeting in February, where public input was gathered. The next step in this process was a Council Public Meeting held in March. Several residents expressed their views related to the proposal. I am particularly concerned about the lack of parking in the plan and the height of the proposed building. Our Planning staff will take away all of these comments and continue the planning process. In the future a staff report will come to Council with a recommendation regarding the application.

One of the notable features of this property is the listed heritage building that exists on the property. Before any development permissions that would include the removal of a heritage listed building would be granted, it is a requirement that the heritage listed property be assessed by our Heritage Planning Staff. This assessment would then include a recommendation by staff to either allow the building to be demolished, or a recommendation to designate the building under the Planning Act as a Heritage building. Designation under the Planning Act would negate any possibility of demolishing the building. 

On September 12th, 2017 the Heritage Richmond Hill Committee (HRH) considered a staff report, and endorsed a recommendation from our Heritage Planning staff that the house be designated and not allowed to be removed. This recommendation will need to be passed by Council at a future Council Meeting. This is a significant step, because if the existing Heritage building is designated, the original proposal submitted by the applicant will not be possible. However, a proposal that works to incorporate the existing building into a redevelopment may be possible. 

I will keep residents informed of next steps and the date for a future Council meeting related to this application when it becomes available. Click here for a link to the HRH staff report.    

3.  251, 253 and 259 Oxford Street
The applicant is seeking Council's approval of its Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications to permit the construction of 14 single detached residential dwellings on its land holdings, with access from a new public road from Oxford Street. It is proposed that two lots would have frontage on Oxford Street, and twelve lots would front the proposed new public road. 

There was a statuatory Council Public meeting on March 28th to discuss this application and seek public feedback. If any residents have further feedback please feel free to write your thoughts down and send them to me at david.west@richmondhill.ca.

 4. 11488 Yonge St and 49 Gamble Rd. (south west corner of Gamble and Yonge)
For the past several years there has been a live development application at this location. The applicant was originally facing some challenges reconciling the application with the existence of a floodplain in this area. They have been working with our Planning Staff and the TRCA to address these concerns, and others. It is my understanding that some progress in coming up with an acceptable proposal has been made, but unfortunately the applicant has chosen to appeal the application to the OMB. This represents a common occurrence lately as many applicants have chosen to appeal to the OMB before the OMB is replaced by the newly created LPAT (there is more information about this issue below). 

I am quite disappointed with this appeal. This move, in my opinion, does not allow our planning staff and the public an adequate opportunity to provide meaningful input on the revised application.  I will keep residents informed of any new issues related to this application as they become available.
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Remembrance Day Ceremony in Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade

For more information visit the Town's Website
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Transportation Master Plan - Public Engagement

Traffic and Transportation are important issues for Richmond Hill  residents. Our traffic engineering staff is currently holding public input sessions related to this topic through the process of updating our Transportation Master Plan. S taff have scheduled dates to engage Town residents for input and feedback through the first round of Public Information Centres. Please see the following dates, times and locations for Public Information Centre #1. 
1)      Oak Ridges Community Centre - Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.
2)      Richmond Green Sports Centre - Friday, November 16, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.
3)      Elvis Stojko Arena - Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Transportation Master Plan is a strategic document that will integrate all modes of transportation, including active transportation (such as walking and cycling), recreational trails, public transit and automobile travel. The TMP will recommend new infrastructure, improvements to existing facilities, policies, programs and initiatives that support future growth based on priorities and new emerging trends.
An online survey will also be available from mid-November to mid-December for those who are not able to attend one of the three Public Information Centre locations. Additional information is available to the public via the Town's Website www.RichmondHill.ca/MovingRH
The Transportation Master Plan is scheduled for completion by summer of 2019 with another Public Information Centre planned for Spring 2019.

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Town of Richmond Hill
 2018 Municipal  Elections Results

Richmond Hill is pleased to announce the results for the 2018 Municipal Elections.
"We're happy with the way our Elections ran. A lot of effort by a great number of people helped ensure the process was fair and the results accurate," said Stephen Huycke, Town Clerk.
The Term of Office for the next Council is four years, beginning on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and ending Monday, November 14, 2022.
For the complete list of results, visit  RichmondHill.ca/RHVotes.

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First Nation Community Public Space/Park

Last October a group of citizens, including myself, organized a sold out event at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts called The Secret Path - Walking Towards Reconciliation. This event brought our community together to discuss how to move forward with Canada's efforts for reconciliation with our Indigineous Community. 

As a follow up to this event I introduced the following member motion to ask our staff to examine opportunities to honour our Indigenous community by creating a park or other public space around the theme of our Indigenous community. I was pleased that the motion passed unanimously and look forward to a report back from staff on these possibilities.

To view my motion on the Town's Website please click here.
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Bees:  Importance and Diversity

On Thursday, October 11, Dr. Laurence Packer spoke at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHCPA) about the importance of Bees. This was a part of the Richmond Hill Speaker Series presented by Marj Andre, Mary Kot and the RHCPA. 

It was a real pleasure to be asked to thank Dr. Packer and have a chance to speak to the audience about all that our Town is doing around saving Bees and the recently announced Bee City designation that Richmond Hill earned. 

I was also very proud to speak about all the work that we are doing around enhancing our environment in Richmond Hill guided by our Environmental Strategy. 

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360kids Youth Ambassador Program

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Richmond Hill Announces 2018 Business Innovators of the Year
Four Richmond Hill businesses received Richmond Hill's Innovators of the Year Award for their accomplishments in  transforming industries and positively contributing to the Richmond Hill, Canadian and world economies. The first-ever awards reception took place on Tuesday, October 30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

The four companies selected to receive the award were: 

Born from advanced positioning technology expertise in 1991, Applanix is now one of the industry's most recognized developers of inertial and GPS/GNSS solutions for mobile mapping. With a global reach, unequaled engineering excellence and worldwide 24/7 customer support, Applanix leads the world in high-productivity in-motion surveying, direct data geo-referencing and robust mobile mapping. 
Founded in 1974, Hibar Systems Limited is a privately owned, high technology Canadian company specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom automated machinery and precision liquid dispensing systems used by many of the world's most recognized producers of consumer goods. With over 95% of their sales being export based, Hibar has established a worldwide reputation for technical innovation and quality. 
Laipac Technology Inc. is a leading company in the development of IoT (Internet of Things) products and solutions. Founded in 1999, Laipac now exports to over one hundred countries around the world. Their technology is used in everything from mobile healthcare, to lone workers, fleet management and law enforcement. 
Wysdom is a full-service enterprise virtual assistant solution that uses machine intelligence to deliver customer care over social, web chat, search and IVR channels; giving businesses a single powerful platform to connect to customers, answer questions, complete purchases and transact any time, using natural language. 
"It is because of businesses such as these, that Richmond Hill is part of Canada's largest technology cluster and a place where innovative companies want to be," said Mayor Dave Barrow. "We are pleased to recognize these incredible companies and their talented staff, and I'm very proud to say that these companies call Richmond Hill home."

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Walk a Mile In Her Shoes
I am pleased to announce that Richmond Hill will be one of the host communities for a fun event that will see men walking a mile in "heels" to support the elimination of Violence against Women. The event will take place at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel Sunday November 25th during The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I hope you will join me and many others to raise awareness and money for this important cause. I would also encourage you to participate.  To register please click here, and to join my team click here.

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I hope you will forgive me for even mentioning the word "winter". However, if winter has to come I would hope that you will be able to join us for the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, a great family oriented Richmond Hill winter tradition at the Mill Pond Park on February 2nd and 3rd. Stay tuned to this newsletter for more details or visit the website at www.wintercarnival.net.

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Great Things To See And Do Around Town

Looking for interesting things to do this month in our Community? Look no further - below is a listing of various community events that I would like to promote on behalf of the various organizers. For a complete listing please click on the links below. These links will take you to my website where the full details of the listing for each event can be found.

Invitation to a Mental Health and Addictions Trialogue event - November 12th, 5:30-7:00pm

The free event will be hosted on  Monday, November 12th  at the McConaghy Centre in Richmond Hill from  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.   A light meal and refreshments will be provided. 
A Trialogue is an opportunity for open dialogue to build equal partnerships of people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions challenges, family members and service providers.  This is the first mental health trialogue to be held in York Region and it will be a facilitated community forum where everyone with an interest in mental health can engage in meaningful dialogue.  We invite people with lived experience, friends and family members, health care practitioners, educators, service providers and mental health workers to the event so that we can learn about barriers to care and make connections as we reconcile to move forward with best practices.  
Krasman Centre is a Consumer/Survivor Initiative offering peer support based programs across the Central LHIN, including all of York Region.  The funding for this initiative is provided by RBC Foundation and their commitment to support mental health initiatives in collaboration with Seneca College.
Click here for the registration link for the event. 
Richmond Hill Centre for 
the Performing Arts - 
Speaker Series
Presented in Partnership with Connecting the Community

Book four shows or more Save 15%...Click  here to purchase your tickets.

Hill Potters' Guild 
Pottery Sale

November 30 to
December 2

Click here for more information.

Richmond Hill Group of Artists, 314 Mill Street

Legacy, Our Stories in Colour-Art Show.

Please call 905-770-7449 for more information.

Chorus York Presents Top Hats & Tunes, Encore
Choru s York, Richmond Hill's community choir, under the direction of Stéphane Potvin, invites you to Top Hats & Tunes, Encore,  another program of Broadway hits, back by popular demand, after last year's successful Broadway concert. You will have two opportunities to hear this concert . There will be a matinee performance at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 at Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre St., Thornhill and another at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, at St. Matthew's United Church, 333 Crosby Ave, Richmond Hill. The evening concert will be followed by a reception, where you can meet our director and the members of the choir, while enjoying some refreshments.

The concert will feature Broadway favorites from Annie, Phantom of the Opera, and Oklahoma , to mention only a few.  We invite you to join Chorus York in concert as we once again "give our regards to Broadway".

T ickets are available online at    www.chorusyork.ca/concerts.
Adult $25, Sr. $20, Stu (with ID) $15, Family (2 adults, 2 children under age 10) $55.  Children under age 10 are free.

Future concerts include Romantic Melodies, on February 16 at the Centre for the Performing Arts, in celebration of Valentines's Day, a concert of classical music (program TBA) on May 4 & 5, to be held in Richmond Hill & Thornhill, & a collaborative concert with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra at the Centre for the Performing Arts in June.

Chorus York continues to welcome prospective members for all voice parts to sit in on a rehearsal, meet our director & mingle with the choir.   For more information check our website at www.chorusyork.ca
You can also call 905-884-7922 or e-mail questions to i nfo@chorusyork.ca.

Please also join us for  A Christmas Night Out
at Lake St. George.

Dates and Times:
·         Saturday December 1: 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm
·         Saturday December 15: 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm

Tickets (ages 19 and up):
·     $45 Early Bird (On or before November 15, 2018)
·     $50 (After November 15, 2018)
·     Available online at trca.ca/event/lake-st-george-christmas/

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Town of Richmond Hill 
Community Service Department
Heritage Services Division

Artifact of the Month

WWI Medals
From the Town of Richmond Hill Collection
Courtesy of: E. Charters                                             017.01.9

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the First World War which began in 1914 and ended in 1918, Richmond Hill remembers the brave lads who went off to fight. Sadly some never made it home, such as Private James Bowman Hards, Private Harold Lendrum, Sargeant Harold Rowley, Private George Cleland Caldwell, Private William Case, Private Wellington Caldwell Monkman Starr McMahon. 2nd Steward Canadian Merchant Navy S.S. and Lance Corporal Arthur Charles Cooper.

These medals belonged to W. H. Garbutt and York Region lad. The silver medal depicts King George V while the bronze medal has an angel surrounded by the words "The Great War for Civilization 1914-1916". These are a sample of some of the medals and pins the Canadian soldiers received for their incredible courage in the face of horrific conditions.

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