by Isabel Mosseler
There’s going to be a big Easter Egg Hunt on April 22 for WN kids 12 and under, all thanks to young parents who wanted to see such an activity available for their own kids – and decided to make it happen for other families too.
Allison Smith and Patrick Demers of Sturgeon Falls took it upon themselves to organize the free event, and West Nipissing Council put their full support behind it. The couple now has 220 children signed up, and while they were planning on making baskets for 300, they now are speculating by Easter Monday they might have up to 500 people joining the hunt at Goulard Park.
The matter came before WN Council March 12th, with a letter requesting the municipality support the initiative by providing the Sturgeon Falls Arena as a back-up in the event of bad weather. “The community of West Nipissing has embraced this idea with open arms,” wrote Smith, adding that the small group already has major sponsors in RBC Royal Bank and Lafond’s Towing, providing both financial backing and staff volunteers. Smith was encouraged by municipal staff to hold the event at the Musée Sturgeon River House Museum but she declined; she wanted the event to be accessible to families who didn’t have transportation to the museum. Town staff also suggested she switch the event to Saturday rather than Easter Monday, as it would cost around $450 to retain municipal staff on the public holiday. Council’s reaction was swift.
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Allison Smith of Sturgeon Falls wanted a community event she could share with her own children Daenerys (aged 4) and Brita (aged 2), so she planned one. She’s been pleasantly surprised with the community response, and now with the assistance of local businesses and the municipality, a large Easter Egg Hunt is planned for April 22 at Goulard Park.
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