Submitted by Viola Savage
“Come Home to the River – McNamee 2009” organizing committee finally achieved a hopeful vision we’ve had for the past 16 months. From the initial planning stages, we hoped to be able to give something back to the community and we’ve now seen that hope become a reality.
On November 22, 2009 at the McNamee Recreation Centre, committee chairperson, Lorne Amos, officially presented financial donations to groups and schools in the area. The donations were surplus funds from the August 2009 homecoming event.
Seeing the surprised and happy faces certainly made all the work well worthwhile. We certainly couldn’t have done this without the help of dedicated volunteers and generous contributions by so many. WE THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
1). McNamee Recreation Centre – Total of $4,300.
President of the McNamee Recreation Council, Ashley Price, accepted the following donations:
(a) New kitchen stove
(b) Upgrade heating system
(c) Upgrade driveway
(d) Children’s playground – $2,500
2). Rural Community of Upper Miramichi – $850 for perpetual care of the homecoming monument & flowering crab trees. Mayor Scott Clowater accepted the donation.
3). Upper Miramichi Elementary School – $500 for the school library + $560 to the school’s breakfast program. Principal Brenda O’Donnell accepted the donations.
4). Doaktown Primary (Elementary) School – $500 for the school library + $560 to the school’s breakfast program. Principal Cynthia Mitchell accepted the donations.
5). “Come Home to the River – McNamee 2009” Scholarships
Doaktown Consolidated High School – $750 – Principal Barbara Long was unable to attend. Cynthia Mitchell, principal of Doaktown Primary School, accepted the donation on Ms. Long’s behalf.
Upper Miramichi Regional High School – $750 – Irma O’Donnell, long time secretary at UMRHS, accepted the donation on behalf of the school.
6). Central New Brunswick Academy – New School Library – $1,000 – Scott Clowater, accepted this donation.
7). Commemorative plaques were also presented:
McNamee Recreation Center – Presented by Come Home to the River Vice-Chairperson, Floyd Amos, to Ed Norton, Treasurer of the McNamee Recreation Council.
Upper Miramichi Elementary School – Presented by Come Home to the River committee member, Olga Ross, to UMES Principal Brenda O’Donnell.
Doaktown Primary School – Presented by Come Home to the River Treasurer & Fundraising Coordinator, Viola Savage, to DPS Principal Cynthia Mitchell.
Central New Brunswick Academy – Presented by Come Home to the River committee member, Jimmy Stewart, to Rural Community of Upper Miramichi Mayor Scott Clowater.