On Friday evening a sold out crowd gathered to celebrate the best of the best in business and our volunteer community at Granite Ridge Golf Club held by the Milton Chamber of Commerce.
Many dignitaries were on hand including Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr and Milton MP Lisa Raitt to hear the stories of up and coming new businesses, long time volunteers in our community and long time established companies.
The common thread was giving back to the community. As I travel around visiting elected officials from other areas of the province, I am filled with what I call Milton PRIDE when i hear stories like the ones i heard Friday night.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the awards. The true winners are the residents of the Town of Milton.
As I sit here and reflect on what was a simply amazing evening for the United Way of Milton my thoughts turn to someone who was a good friend to many and a true driving force behind the United Way … the late Mario Belvedere.
As we turned around the numbers in front of a packed house at the Velodrome, I could see the biggest smile in the room belonged to Mario.
He was a passionate supporter of the United Way and one who taught us that nothing was impossible…dream it, plan it and do it. And we did.
Mario my friend, God bless you and this one was for you. Thank you for being my inspiration to continue to work with this amazing organization.
There are others who also deserve a lot of the accolades for tonight. There are two women who simply wouldn’t give up this campaign. At some points it looked bleak and it might not happen. Kristy Elizabeth and our proud CEO Katie Holmes didn’t give up. It wasn’t an option for them. There were 24 hours in a day but they found a way to use every second in this chapter of the United Way and they never gave up.
Thank you Kristy and Kate for YOUR hard work. As we turn the page in the chapter of the history of our organization, you two can be proud of everything that’s been done and will be done going forward. You’re simply awesome.
And finally, but not least at all we have to thank our coaches, our motivation and our inspiration. Shawn Saulnier and Bridget Saulnier drove the United Way to the next level. For years we were raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and yet they saw something more. With the tenacity of pit bulls they saw what could be for Milton. Something that was a pie in the sky thought just a few years earlier became closer to reality last year. 200k more was raised than ever before. But they said “no we can do this” and set the goal for one million again.
More hours than we can count they made presentations, speeches and would talk United Way to anyone who would listen.
Thank you Shawn and Bridget for everything.
Our board of directors is the best I’ve ever seen and everyone pulled their weight and more so to the United Way Milton Board of Directors. Thank you.
Thank you Milton for everything. All your hard work. All your encouragement and all your donations have made this campaign the most memorable of all.
Here is my Facebook Live Video of our announcement.
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I can’t wait to hear from you and I look forward to being Milton’s PC Candidate in the next provincial election in June 2018.
Over the last several years I have been proud to be part of the annual Halloween tradition taking part in the Milton Haunted House at the Milton Mall.
This year once again we were honoured to be recognized as one of the many donors to the Milton District Hospital Foundation along with our main organizer Rick Di Lorenzo, Colin Best and our main sponsor Tiger Jeet Singh from the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation.