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BELLEVILLE Magazine CITY OF BELLEVILLE 169 Front Street Belleville, Ontario K8N 2Y8 Tel: (613) 968-6481 TTY: (613) 967-3768


MAYOR Mitch Panciuk COUNCIL Paul Carr, Pat Culhane, Sean Kelly, Chris Malette, Kelly McCaw, Bill Sandison, Garnet Thompson and Ryan Williams EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Rod Bovay ACTING DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Ray Ford DIRECTOR, FINANCE Carol Hinze MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES Tim Osborne DIRECTOR, RECREATION, CULTURE & COMMUNITY SERVICES Mark Fluhrer DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES/CLERK Matt MacDonald DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY SERVICES/ FIRE CHIEF Mark MacDonald MANAGER, ECONOMIC & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES Karen Poste GENERAL MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Perry Decola GENERAL MANAGER, TRANSPORTATION AND OPERATIONS SERVICES Joseph D. Reid BELLEVILLE Magazine is published by the City of Belleville. Magazine Contributors: Ray Ford, Jenna Leslie, Becky MacWhirter, Kelsey Moniz, Trevor Pross and Marilyn Warren Editor - Marilyn Warren BELLEVILLE Magazine is available online at and an accessible text-only format is available upon request. Printed in Canada All information ©2019, City of Belleville. No use is permitted without written consent.

On behalf of City Council, Executive Management and staff of the City of Belleville, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 Summer edition of the BELLEVILLE magazine. We are dedicated to bringing you stories and updates that are relevant to our community. In this magazine we share the excitement of many ‘firsts’ that have taken place since this Council’s inaugeration last December. We are proud to have hosted the City’s first Housing Summit to address our critical rental housing shortage. We welcomed our communities of faith to the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to express our appreciation for all their contributions. And, we introduced the Mayor’s Week for the Arts to recognize how valuable arts, culture and heritage are to our community. As you read through this BELLEVILLE magazine you’ll learn about businesses within our city – each very different – each a valued part of our community. We commend the three entrepreneurs for the creative business Pop-Up Shops at Riverside Park. We unveiled the additional names of three individuals whose service and ultimate sacrifice during the First World War is not, and will never be, forgotten. Dedication ceremonies like this are steeped in tradition and historical significance, beginning with the original creation of a Memorial Cenotaph here in Belleville in 1923, recognizing those who were lost in “The Great War.” We were honoured and humbled to host this ceremony. May you continue to enjoy your summer - connecting with family and friends, - taking advantage of our beautiful parklands and waterfront setting. There is no doubt, Belleville truly is an amazing city! Sincerely,

Mayor Mitch Panciuk

Summer 2019




HOUSING SUMMIT addresses rental housing shortage

16-17 DOWNTOWN@DUSK summer solstice event

MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST contributions by communities of faith




CELEBRATING 60 YEARS Quinte Home Builders’ Association

20-21 CITY DELEGATION GOES TO sister city in South Korea

FOOD FOR THE BODY AND SOUL edible landscapes & community gardens


DR. DAVID ADEMIDUN welcome home


REVENUE SHARING AGREEMENT reinvests funds in our community

24-25 MAYOR’S WEEK FOR THE ARTS valuing arts, culture & heritage

BELLEVILLE DRAGON BOAT CLUB on your mark, get set, paddle!


CENOTAPH DEDICATION SERVICE three names added to WWl Memorial



DEBRA PARKS 45 YEARS OF SERVICE recognized with special tribute

28-29 PHOTO COLLAGES summer festivities


ENTREPRENEURS’ POP-UP SHOPS at Riverside Park for summer



PUBLIC LIBRARY & ART GALLERY one stop in city core


AMAZING FIELD OF ABILITY great things happen when you believe

QUINTE SEARCH AND RESCUE volunteers on the water


PROVINCIAL UPDATES on Belleville infrastructure projects

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NEW STRATEGIC PLAN Council taking proactive approach COUNCIL GAINS INSIGHT through board & committee service

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2019 Board Chair NEW LIFE AT 250 Sidney St.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE Dr. Robert L. Vaughan LOCAL BUSINESS IMPACTS national education scene




addresses critical rental housing shortage The City of Belleville with co-chairs Ruth Estwick of Quinte Homebuilders’ Association and Bob Cottrell of All Together Housing, hosted Belleville’s first two-day Housing Summit to begin to address the critical shortage of rental accommodation in Belleville. “Our home builders have done a great job trying to help, by focusing on more affordable home ownership options,” stated Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “We have seen a significant shift in the new housing mix to include more townhouses and condo units, and we have also seen the conversion of rental apartments to ownership-based properties. But this shift has also resulted in a lower supply of new, purpose-built rental housing units. While there are a couple of new rental projects that are progressing, it isn’t enough. The fact is, this overwhelming focus on new builds in the for-sale market has been going on for so long now it has resulted in a severe underservicing of the rental market. We can no longer ignore the issue.”

By the end of the two days the following actions had been decided upon: •

That Management prepare a policy for Council’s consideration providing for an annual property allotment from the City to Habitat for Humanity and like organizations in the City of Belleville of four to six properties for their use/purposes

That the Housing Strategy include the approval of 1,000 rental units by 2025

That staff prepare a report for Council’s consideration that includes policies allowing for the doubling of the City’s current yearly housing production from 200 units by 2025

That affordable and attainable housing will be prioritized and fast-tracked to achieve the 1,000 unit target

That staff bring back an updated policy on secondary units to allow for the process to bring illegal units to legal units and then to look at ways to encourage new secondary units that could include loans or grants

That the City provide for a reduction in development charges for properties with a minimum of a six unit apartment building to a maximum of 1,000 units by 2025

Brought together to find solutions were: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Federal and Provincial Government representatives Representatives from the City’s Policy Planning, Economic Development, Building Department, and Engineering and Development Services Quinte Home Builders’ Association Rick Phillips, Warden of Hastings County Michelle Ogden, Hastings County Jon Van Huizen, N. Park St. Project – Pathways/Van Huizen Homes Phil Spry, Sidney Place Three Oaks Foundation Habitat for Humanity Hastings Prince Edward Quinte Landlords Association Hastings Housing Corp. Poverty Roundtable/Community Advocacy & Legal Centre Quinte Healthcare Corp. (Mental Health) Outpatient Belleville Chamber of Commerce Community Development Council Quinte Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

“In order to achieve our goal, I believe our discussion must focus on where we can make the most impact in the shortest time-frame. I believe it is our responsibility to intervene in our current rental market to provide a catalyst to get this building underway. There are many, many people who are counting on us – all of us – to get this right, and to make our rental housing market work again in the City of Belleville.” Mayor Mitch Panciuk 2




Mayor Mitch Panciuk, his wife Lisa and Rev. Shawn Stickler -Pentecostals of Quinte


Excerpts from the Mayor’s address that morning: A Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast may be new to the City of Belleville but it is common in many jurisdictions around the world. As the 76th Mayor of Belleville I am proud to debut this event and will continue to make this an annual priority during my Term of Office. It is my hope that my successors will keep this event alive. I look forward to developing it further next year and in the years to come.


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“Your time, your resources, and your faith are all essential to our community and this contribution to Belleville is quite simply – priceless.”


We need you to keep helping others. We simply can’t do it alone. We wanted to do more than just offer words in appreciation of your tireless efforts, we wanted to show you - to demonstrate this appreciation - by hosting a breakfast where we can gather together and become more energized as we share our time and experiences together. We wanted to simply say ‘thank you’.

involve me and I will understand CHILDREN’S SAFETY VILLAGE BELLEVILLE

The Belleville Children’s Safety Village was established in 2004 to teach primary grades traffic and pedestrian safety. Based on our philosophy ‘Involve me and I will understand’ the village is an interactive memorable experience complete with traffic lights, signs, markings and a working railway crossing, thereby teaching awareness and responsibility. At the present time there is sponsored busing and a no-fee cost for school classes attending the Education Centre in the Village. In 2018, the CSV expanded its programming to include Rail and Fire Safety. In addition, the CSV has added modern ‘Stranger Danger’ classes, current to today’s world, and cutting-edge internet safety programs. All programs are taught by safety professionals. The introduction of new CSV programs has greatly expanded their audience to include children in junior and intermediate grades, secondary school students, teens and parents. The expanded programming has created a substantial demand for the use of the Village and the CSV grew in 2018 from 30 to 134 classes. The newest CSV programs offered 17 internet safety classes providing 500 students with safety skills online, and nine ‘Tricky People’ classes teaching 200 students in junior kindergarten to grade four how to protect themselves.

‘Tricky People’ Safety

Modern age appropriate interactive presentation designed to empower youth to be aware and protect themselves against ‘Tricky People’.

Internet Safety

Students learn internet safety skills through innovative seminars that incorporate the latest technologies including popular messaging apps and social media platforms.

‘Bite Free’ Program

The local St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog group offers a program called ‘Bite Free’. The program is intended to promote safety around dogs by helping children understand the dog’s point of view and make them aware of the dog’s body language.

Street Safety ‘Jeeps on Streets’

Students drive mini jeeps through the Village to practice stopping at traffic lights, waiting at a train crossing and obeying street signs.

Fire Safety ‘Getting to Know Fire’

A comprehensive fire and life safety curriculum that provides accurate messages on a variety of fire and life safety topics for school aged children.

The Children’s Safety Village is a Registered Charity, governed by a Board of Directors. To operate it depends on the generosity of our community. If you are interested in supporting it as a volunteer or financially, please contact: or call 613-813-1278.


Rail Safety ‘Look Listen Live’

Interactive programs that include real train tracks and a fully functioning rail crossing.

Pedestrian Safety

Students take to the sidewalks to learn fundamental safety skills including calling 9-1-1. These lessons are taught through a fun, hands-on scavenger hunt.

Bicycle Safety

Students ride bicycles and practice hand signals, dismounting at railway tracks and watching for pedestrians. SUMMER 2019



60 years strong in Quinte region Residential construction contributes to the overall economy, both directly and indirectly. It generates employment and demand in financial and other services, other goods-producing industries and utilities. The Quinte Home Builders’ Association celebrated its 60th anniversary in June of this year. Considered the regional voice of the residential construction industry, the association is made up of approximately 150 members. Builders, land developers, trades, manufacturers, suppliers, utility reps, financial and service providers working in residential construction - a collaborative group committed to transforming and building our community QHBA supports the business success of its members. It is an economic driver in the region and advocate on behalf of its members. These professionals continue to push the envelope of innovation, technology, performance and efficiency and are proud members of the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations. In addition to the support and advocacy the association provides to its members, QHBA is known for the fundraising and volunteer support it so generously contributes to the community. Since 1959, the association and its members have donated over $1M to local agencies and not-for-profit organizations including: Home Lottery, Home Build for Health Care, Children’s Safety Village, Three Oaks, Big Brothers Big Sisters of HPE, Student Structures program and many more.

Current QHBA President John-Ross Parks with Maurice Rollins, QHBA President from 1961-1962, at Children’s Safety Village. QHBA has been a strong supporter of the village donating time and resources to create this exceptional learning environment .

More recently, the QHBA has launched the Quinte Careers in Construction Day, a regional event for students Grades 10-12. It’s an experiential learning day to expose students to mentors and skills to promote working in the trades as a viable career option. QHBA supports the trades through bursaries issued to students in Loyalist College’s Construction & Renovation and Architecture programs. In addition, a new Trades Scholarship fund has been established from the proceeds of their annual President’s Awards Gala and Christmas Auction. This program launches in 2020 and will continue to support students who meet the criteria for education in various skilled trades.

643 NEW HOUSING STARTS in the Belleville Census metropolitan area (CMA) in 2018. THIS TRANSLATED INTO: 3,705 JOBS - Residential Construction (both new housing and renovations) is one of the largest industry employers in the Quinte Region, employing skilled workers in all construction-related fields, including: trades, planning, engineering, architecture, law and economics. $220M IN WAGES - Residential construction industry reinvests back into the community by employing and paying wages of up to $220 million across the Quinte Region.

The Quinte Home & Lifestyle show sees an average of 3500 -5000 visitors each year over the three days at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre. A portion of each year’s proceeds are donated to a not-for-profit organization.

$445M IN VALUE: In the last year, residential construction has pumped $445 million in investment into the regional economy.

In May, the QHBA co-chaired the City of Belleville’s first housing summit and will continue to work with partners on affordable housing options and solutions.


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food for the body and soul The City of Belleville’s Parks staff beautifies the City with garden displays. While the conventional approach is to plant flowers and shrubs, Belleville has taken an exciting new approach. Through the artistic and skilled blending of edibles with floral and folia the City has transformed what were formerly traditional flower beds into edible landscapes. In 2018, a bounty of cabbage, hot peppers, kale and more were harvested by City staff and distributed to local food sharing organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Gleaners Food Bank. This was made possible through a partnership with Community Development Council of Quinte who facilitated the distribution of harvested food in line with their work on addressing food insecurity in the Quinte area.


Rowland Cave-Browne-Cave, Supervisor for Parks & Open Space, initiated the program and is now overseeing it. “Hats off to our floral team – they have really taken this program to the next level. Marie-Anne Ascott and Randall Koke, our gardeners, expanded on the edible landscapes theme this year by planting leaf lettuce, basil, rosemary, sage, Swiss chard, kale, Spanish onions and parsley. Residents will see these plants popping up in displays throughout the City.” The Edible Landscapes program builds upon the City’s efforts to provide more opportunities to grow food on public property. The Community Gardens program, initiated by the City’s Green Task Force in 2012, offers residents a place to meet, grow and harvest vegetables in designated City parks. The program has expanded several times with financial support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. It now has 98 raised garden beds across the City representing almost 4000 square feet of gardening space with five apple and pear trees in the Bayview Heights Community Garden. “The Community Development Council of Quinte was happy to partner with the City of Belleville on helping to distribute over 10,500 vegetables to food programs in Belleville in 2018,” said Jim Mallabar, Program Coordinator. “The organizations were very grateful for the fresh vegetables they were able to offer their participants, thanks to the hard work of the staff of the City of Belleville. We are pleased to partner with the City again this year!” Every winter, the City accepts applications from Belleville residents and awards the garden plots through a lottery draw. The program is so popular that it has a waiting list of eager gardeners every year. For residents with shady yards or little-to-no space for plantings, the community gardens have been a perfect solution for growing their own food. While theft has occurred from time-to-time, most gardeners reap the benefits of the plants they lovingly planted and cared for throughout the season. While the harvest belongs to the person that planted it, gardener surveys have shown that Community Gardeners are a generous bunch. The majority of them share their produce with friends, neighbours, family and local food sharing organizations, broadening the reach of the program far beyond the borders of the garden.





welcome home

DR. DAVID ADEMIDUN “I’m excited to be starting my practice in September of this year. I want to thank the Belleville community for giving me the opportunity to come back, including the many mentors who paved the way for me to return.” The City of Belleville is so very pleased to be welcoming Dr. David Ademidun back to our community. Born in Nigeria, Dr. Ademidun grew up in Belleville, graduating from St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School and Albert College secondary school. His father, Dr. Aderotimi Ademidun has practised medicine in Belleville as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist for many years. Upon graduating from high school, Dr. Ademidun went to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and completed his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences. From there he went on to medical school at the University of Leicester in England for five years and then enrolled in the 1.5 year Foundation program at the University. In 2017 he gained admission into the Queen’s Faculty of Medicine Residency program which he completed in June 2019. Dr. Ademidun will be affiliated with the Queen’s Family Health Care Organization in Belleville. “I signed with the Belleville Doctor Recruitment program in 2019,” Dr. Ademidun stated. “It really is a good program in that it increases awareness of the medical need here in Belleville, encourages physicians to consider the location and is very helpful financially to physicians starting up here in the city.” Dr. Ademidun has set some very high goals for his first year of practise. He is targeting 1,200 patients within the first six months. In addition to his practice, he plans to also work as a ‘hospitalist’ which means he’ll work as a family Dr. in the hospital. The reason for this choice is to help build his patient base, provide more comprehensive care in the community and to build a rapport with specialist services.

“I’m drawn to family medicine because of the long-term relationships I will be able to develop with my patients,” Dr. Ademidun explained. “I love the opportunity to be a part of their lives from the time they are young all the way through their senior years. The mentorship I have received from the Queen’s Family Health Care Association on Station Street has been phenomenal and given me a feel for what I can expect, and can contribute, as a physician practising family medicine in Belleville. “I love this close-knit community and its location. To be here on the Bay of Quinte and connected to Toronto and Ottawa by VIA rail is ideal. This is an important time in my life and I’m so pleased it’s happening here in Belleville.”

Dr. Ademidun will be taking his patients from Health Care Connect. If you are in need of a family physician, please ensure you have registered with Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822 or search online ‘health care connect’. If you know of a family medicine student who might be interested in participating in our family physician recruitment program, please have them contact the Economic Development Office at 613-967-3238 or email: BELLEVILLE.CA

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reinvested in our community In March Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) officials and the City of Belleville, shared the exciting results of the 2018 OLG funding through the Municipality Contribution Agreement. From April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, $2.9 million was provided to the City of Belleville. City Council carefully chose select projects to benefit from this funding.

During the March event, OLG officials, the City of Belleville and Great Canadian Gaming – Shorelines Casino Belleville,celebrated the contributions and the positive impact they have made on the community. The event took a step beyond the City reading the long list of initiatives that have benefited from these funds. Individuals such as Gleaners Food Bank, Susanne Quinlan, Ruth Ingersoll, Community Development Council, Margaret Wagner, Situation Table, and special guest and Quest for Gold athlete - Adam Jamieson, Canadian professional racing cyclist, came to the podium and shared their stories of how these funds had made a significant difference in what they were able to accomplish. “Through our revenue sharing agreement with OLG, we’ve had the opportunity to afford things we would otherwise have been unable to,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “Some of these items were necessary – whether it was a police vehicle or a fire engine, but on the other side, it’s also things like public wi-fi on our pathway system, upgrading recreational facilities and helping organizations such as Grace Inn Shelter, Gleaner’s Foodbank, Canadian Mental Health Services and others, groups that do such important things for our community. We are fortunate to have these funds to reinvest in our community and City Council takes the fund allocation decisions very seriously.”

Tyjondah Kerr, OLG, Adam Jamieson, Canadian professional racing cyclist, Mayor Mitch Panciuk

Tyjondah Kerr, Senior Manager, Municipal and Community Relations Corporate Affairs, OLG

Gleaners Food Bank Susanne Quinlan

Ruth Ingersoll Community Development Council

Margaret Wagner Situation Table

Councillor Thompson, Tyjondah Kerr, Councillor Sandison, Adam Jamieson, Mayor Panciuk, Bryan Buchanan, Andy LaCroix, Jeff Lucier and Wayne Newell.

Things accomplished when the OLG and the community work together.

S I N C E F O R M I N G T H E O L G F U N D I N G PA R T N E R S H I P, T H E C I T Y O F B E L L E V I L L E H A S B E E N A B L E TO C O M P L E T E A N D C O M M I T TO M A N Y G R E AT I N I T I AT I V E S : • Street and roadway improvements: shave & paving, surface treatments • Quinte Exhibition Area Planning Servicing Study • Replacing Police vehicles • Specialized aerial ladder & truck chassis for Fire Department • City gateway signage • Belleville Signature Sign • Public Wi-Fi on the waterfront trail • Event water refill station • Victoria Park Docks - electrical work • Stanley Park Playground • Widening of Bell Blvd. • Creation of Waterfront Shops JUST TO NAME A FEW. SUMMER 2019



Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Meats Honey Maple Syrup Baking Plants Arts & Crafts Jewellery Cut Flowers Coffee, Snacks & Lunch


& much


MUCH more!

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on your mark, get set, paddle! During the summer months many of us enjoy watching these long, low boats slice across the Bay of Quinte as the synchronized paddlers work in unison to propel their craft forward. Beautiful to watch, but Nancy Lewis assured us the pleasure reaches a whole new level when you’re actually out in the boat.

“Even on the most hot, humid days, 10 minutes in the breeze and splashing water and you’re totally refreshed. This is the ultimate team sport. You have to work in perfect harmony with 19 other people exciting and challenging, a true feeling of accomplishment when you pull together.” Nancy Lewis, Commodore and Coach Belleville Dragon Boat Club Businesses and organizations have taken advantage of this team philosophy and booked team-building exercises with the club. They experience first-hand the benefits and enjoyment gained by pulling together. From corporate training groups to school staff and students - groups that arrive as individuals leave as a cohesive team after spending an afternoon on the water.

The Belleville Dragon Boat Club was started in 2004 and now has a membership of approximately 70 men and women between the ages of 14 and 80. Many Dragon Boat Clubs are formed purely for competition purposes. This club however, welcomes all levels of interest by offering three different programs. Competitive: for the serious paddler, focusing on technique, conditioning, race strategy and team building Fitness: exercise and fun Recreational: for newcomers looking for fun social time and fresh air Club members practice and paddle from Victoria Park. Instruction and training in all areas of dragon boating for all levels of expertise is provided. Experienced coaches work with the members, helping them reach their objectives, whether they are fitness levels or competitive goals. The Belleville Dragon Boat Club is proud to be a community-based, volunteer run, non-profit organization. They host several annual events to raise money for our community. Want to try but unsure whether to commit to a membership? The club offers two free paddling sessions to all new or interested paddlers. Those interested are encouraged to come to the club house at Victoria Park on Monday or Wednesday evening about 15 minutes before the 6 p.m. team departure time for orientation.

Looking to be part of the Belleville Dragon Boat Waterfront Festival on August 24, 2019 and have some fun? Bring together a group of friends, co-workers or family to form a team and enter the Festival. Practice sessions will be offered to community teams by the Belleville Dragon Boat Club before the Festival. If you are unable to recruit twenty paddlers, members of the Belleville Dragon Boat Club will be available to fill in the vacant spots. This year’s proceeds will be donated to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward County. For details visit:

three individuals honoured at


Lt. David Alwyn Forneri “Al” was born in Belleville on January 10, 1883 and moved to Adolphustown shortly after his birth. Upon completing school, Al moved to Montreal to work as a bank clerk. It was here, he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, on September 21, 1914. He arrived in England in October 1914 and sailed for France in February 1915. Al was first wounded in April and again in November of that year. Upon his release from hospital in England, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in August 1916 with the 73rd Battalion and returned to France in September. On March 1, 1917, while participating in a raid on the German trenches at Vimy Ridge, Al was fatally wounded. His body was not recovered and he has no known grave. David’s name is listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri

“Florie” was born in Belleville on April 18, 1881, and in 1883, moved with her family to Adolphustown, where her father became the minister of St. Alban, the Martyr Church. The family later moved to Kingston. In 1903, Florie enrolled at the Lady Stanley Institute of Trained Nurses in Ottawa, and graduated in 1906. Florie enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps on February 22, 1917 in Kingston and arrived in England on April 7, 1917. She worked at Kitchener War Hospital until transferring to No.8 Canadian General Hospital in St. Cloud, France. Florie became ill on January 2, 1918 and was invalided to England to recover. She returned to work in No.12 Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott, England and became seriously ill in April. Florie died on April 24, 1918. She is buried in Bramshott Cemetery in Bramshott, England.

Flight S/Lt Ellis Vair Reid, DSC Ellis was born in Belleville on October 31, 1889. His family relocated to Toronto in 1903. Ellis graduated from the University of Toronto with an architecture degree in 1916. Prior to enlisting with the Royal Naval Air Service on January 2, 1916, he attended flight training at the Curtiss Flying School in Toronto. Ellis sailed from New York City to England on January 12. After further flight training in England, Ellis joined No. 3 Naval Squadron, and in November 1916, transferred to No. 10 Naval Squardron where he joined the Black Flight, a unit comprised of Canadians. He flew a Sopwith Triplane that he named Black Roger. Ellis was shot down over Ypres, Belgium on July 29, 1917. He was credited with downing 19 enemy aircraft. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Flying Memorial in Arras, France.

Special thanks to Robyn May and Neil Burrell for their countless hours of research and planning. This enabled the City to honour these individuals and add their names to the World War l Memorial with a special ceremony on July 28th. The assistance of the Belleville Veterans Council, John Geen, and the Rev. Dr. Allen Miller was also appreciated. Thank you to Col. Deming for providing the assistance of Canada’s military in helping to ensure the ceremony was done properly and with the dignity our honorees deserve. The City of Belleville is proud and honoured to celebrate these three lives.


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recognized with special tribute The City of Belleville was proud to recognize Debra Parks, for 45 years of exceptional service with the City by naming the fourth floor City Hall boardroom in her honour. Debra came to the City directly from highschool at the age of 18 and from that moment on, there was no standing still. She became an invaluable resource, professional and mentor to many. Debra had taken business courses including shorthand, typing and finance for four years, so postsecondary wasn’t required when entering a clerical position. Her first position was a temporary one month placement as Secretary to the City Solicitor. At that time the City had an in-house lawyer on staff. Following that, Debra had a couple of temporary vacation replacements in various departments and ended up in the City Clerk’s office for a maternity leave placement. A permanent position opened in March of 1974 and she became permanent as a Clerk Stenographer. Over the years in the Clerk’s office she worked under Adam Stalker, Earl Dafoe, Bill Moreton and Peter Stewart.

“I was very fortunate to have landed in the Clerk’s office as my co-workers were great mentors for a young teenager just coming into the workforce and their guidance and support taught me so much. They all became lifelong friends. (Betty Flower, Jessie Cheer, Carol Nobles, Bonnie Mitchell and Ann Gray)” Debra Parks In November of 1981 she moved to the Treasury office as Clerk Stenographer to the City Treasurer, working first with Frank Morrell and then Brian Cousins. Deb described working with the City’s budget and finances as a very interesting job but she loved working with numbers so it was the perfect job for her.

MAYOR MITCH PANCIUK PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEBRA PARKS of the following 18 years - Roman Martiuk, Beverley Mansfield, Steve Hyndman, Carl Cannon and Rick Kester. She shared the office and worked beside Ann Gray, Susan Boyle, Alison Reid and Kim Payeur over the years. “During my time at the city there were many Mayors and Councillors. I saw first hand and behind the scenes, the pressure and major decision making that was put on their shoulders. I have a great deal of respect for those who take on these civic duties as I know it is difficult professionally and personally. The Executive Management Team was a joy to work with and they themselves all have very challenging jobs. I can attest to this after reviewing hundreds of Council reports. Last but not least, the last few years working on the fourth floor were so enjoyable. Seeing a new wave of young talent coming into the office. I became very fond of Sarah Tummon-Button, Mary Ann Kerr and Nuala Larwood. I cherish all the friendships made over the years with all of my coworkers in all departments throughout the city.” Debra Parks

In June 1999 her position title changed to Administrative Assistant as a new department was created encompassing Treasury and the Clerk’s office. Beverley Mansfield was hired as the Administrative Director and Debra reported to her as well as Brian Cousins as Treasurer.

Thank you Debra Parks for your years of valuable service and commitment to the City of Belleville.

In May of 2000 Debra became the CAO’s Assistant and worked directly with five CAOs over the course





to Riverside Park during summer season



Brick Oven Pizza Truck

David Pickett of Brick Oven Pizza Truck was born and raised in the Quinte area. He is passionate about being an entrepreneur and contributing to the community through his businesses. This isn’t his only business venture. David also started Rhino Sports and Playland as well as Mirror Me Quinte. At his Pop-Up he is serving up authentic, delicious, traditional, fire-cooked pizza from its brand new, taste-tempting mobile food truck. It’s the perfect mix of treasured traditions and new technology; firecooked, thin, crispy pizza offered with a wide variety of toppings.


Doug’s Bicycle

Has been supplying the Quinte area with top quality bikes, parts and service for 40 years. Owned and operated by passionate young cyclists, Doug’s Bicycle is committed to making your next ride your best ride. Living in Belleville they know the waterfront is one of the most beautiful areas to ride and they want to share it at their waterfront bike rental pop-up. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife as you bike along the waterfront on one of their bikes.


The Golden Scoop

Jackie Jarrell, owner of The Golden Scoop is a 2X World Champion Hockey Player with Team Canada. Jackie is a proud dairy farmer born and raised on her family dairy farm, RJ Farms, located in Corbyville. She is offering Canadian made and locally produced ice cream. The Pop-Up also focuses on people who are active and may require “energy” drinks during their visit to the waterfront area. She is fortunate to have a partnership with Biosteel through her training facility and is selling Biosteel Freezies that are sugar free and very tasty.

Initially City Council authorized agreements with four operators to pop-up at Victoria Park this season for activation of Belleville’s waterfront. Unfortunately water levels along the Bay shoreline prohibited this and the exciting initiative was relocated to West Riverside Park. As a result, Cruising Canoes was unable to join the group as originally planned but the other three are set up and adding a great dynamic along the Moira River. Pop-Ups on the Bay are taking summer fun to a whole new level on Belleville’s waterfront. West Riverside Park is the place to visit this season for adventure, food and fun! Plan a visit to the park for bike rentals, pizza, ice cream, park games, entertainment and more – it’s a jam-packed summer at West Riverside Park that you won’t want to miss!


Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery Drop by Belleville Public Library in downtown Belleville to browse the borrowing collection, use the public computers or Wi-Fi, or simply relax and take a break. While you’re there, make sure you visit the Parrott Gallery on the third floor. You’ll find art exhibitions and a gift shop featuring unique, hand-made items from local artists. Don’t forget to enjoy the Parrott Collection of original oil paintings by the late Manly MacDonald. You can also sign up for one of the art workshops or artist talks. Before you leave, visit the Friends of the Library bookstore and grab a snack at the Focus Café in the lobby. A library card is free to all Belleville and Quinte West residents and business owners. You can use your card at the downtown Belleville branch, or at the Frankford and Trenton branches of Quinte West Public Library. Return your borrowed items to any branch location or to the return bin at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre. If you are from out of town and would like to visit the library to use the public computers, you can get a free internet-only card. The library has an extensive borrowing collection of books, audiobooks, music, DVD movies and television, magazines, newspapers, children’s books and more. In addition, you can go online at any time to stream or download eBooks, graphic novels, audiobooks, movies, music and television shows with one of the digital platforms. There is a huge selection of free technology classes, workshops, seminars, children’s programs, book clubs, author readings, and much more. Research assistance is available and access to the newspaper archives and local history resources, including the ancestry online database, is provided. Drop in, call or visit the website to learn more.

Please call 613-968-6731 ext. 2037 or email if you have any questions about the library or gallery. Library hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (closed Sunday) b e l l e v i l l e l i b r a r y. c a 14 SUMMER 2019 BELLEVILLE Magazine

QUINTE SEARCH AND RESCUE vol unteers kee p in g u s sa f e on t he wat er

Known for the beauty of our waterfront, each spring the Quinte region takes on an exciting new life when the ice melts away and boats begin to launch. From kayaks to yachts, our waterways become a playground for local residents and tourists. On occasion, these recreational pleasures come with mishaps or emergencies. At these times, Quinte Search and Rescue (QSAR), a team of approximately 20 volunteers, takes to the waterways committed to the preservation and rescue of lives and vessels on the water. Based at Meyers Pier in Belleville, they are an accredited and active unit with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Central and Arctic Region. In addition to on-water rescue and services, they promote safe boating practices and boater education within the community. These volunteers respond to emergencies tasked through the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) located at Canadian Forces Base in Trenton. QSAR responds to some of the highest number of distress calls in the region. Some of their assists have included: mechanical break downs, grounding of vessels, medical emergencies, and searching for missing or lost persons and watercraft. They train to strict national standards set out by the Canadian Coast Guard and are qualified first responders in First Aid, CPR, AED and oxygen administration. They often train and support the needs of 424 Rescue Squadron and SARtechs from CFB Trenton, as well as local police and fire departments. Their area of operations, extends from the Murray Canal in the west, past the Deseronto bridge into Napanee in the east, and south into the waters of Prince Edward County. Unit Commander, Paul Kerwin, praises the commitment of these individuals. “It’s very rewarding to be a part of a team where every member is so passionate about what we are doing that they respond immediately, leaving jobs and family, day and night, frequently in treacherous conditions.” QSAR has two rescue vessels for missions and training: The Bruce A. Sutcliffe (named in honor of Col. Sutcliffe, a Hasty P, who led the charge on Assoro during WWII) and the Stu Meeks in honor of the founder and owner of LaSalle Rescue (the previous rescue service to QSAR).They carry first aid, oxygen, AED and a de-watering pump, as well as a variety of rescue and life-saving equipment. The QSAR does not charge for their services and relies on the support of the community to keep this marine rescue unit operational and continually advancing. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.

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DOWNTOWN@DUSK SUMMER SOLSTICE EVENT an evening of pure pleasure in the heart of our city Judging by the enthusiastic crowd that packed the downtown core on June 21, it’s obvious the community was craving an evening of festivities. The young, and young at heart alike, strolled the closed off streets, enjoying delicious food and beverages, dancing and singing with the talented musicians dotting the sidewalks, and purchasing unique shopping finds. It was an evening not soon to be forgotten. Thank you to the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area for this phenomenal community-focused event. The downtown business and property owners worked side-by-side with professional outside vendors and entertainers. It was an amazing evening that has everyone talking about the fun they had. Please don’t make us wait too long for another of its kind!


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enables council to be proactive rather than reactive

The Mayor and City Councillors are adamant regarding the need to develop a three-year strategic plan to avoid being forced to make reactive budget decisions. They are honing a plan that extends beyond a mere one-year capital budget and encompasses all sectors. The objective is to look ahead to what will serve the city well, not just today, but in the years to come. The first step in the lengthy process began in May. City management laid out strategic planning and corporate prioritization for Council, highlighting known emerging issues both internally and externally. Council was briefed on significant community issues. This strategic planning process differed from past in that following the overview, the group adjourned. The second meeting was held the following month. This gave Council the opportunity to absorb the information from the first meeting and based on that information, prepare suggestions to be discussed. The Mayor, Council and the Executive Management Team were given a workbook to complete as a means of providing feedback on the existing Strategic Plan, Strategic Themes and Objectives, and Priorities to assist in determining if the appropriate issues are being considered and ensure the current action items are reflective of the long-term goals. Following the review and analysis of the previous plan Mayor Panciuk was pleased. “We’re really starting off at

an advanced stage. We are fortunate previous councils took the time to make a document such as this. We want to make some modifications and updates, but we appeciate having this as our starting point.” The second meeting provided Council with the opportunity to bring forward their ideas of what they would like to see in this strategic plan. Council identified strategic themes and objectives to define the needs and aspirations of the community. Strategic themes represent broad categories within which a number of initiatives would apply and strategies would be developed within each theme. The nine strategic themes that have been identified by City Council are: • • • • • • • • •

Infrastructure Industrial and Commercial Development Residential Development Transportation and Mobility City Centre Revitalization Culture and Recreation Tourism and Waterfront Revitalization Community Health, Safety and Security Environment

“I suspect we will reconvene later this fall, so we can hear from staff about what those impacts would be as we make changes, so we can make an educated decision,” Mayor Panciuk added.

The City of Belleville will be a healthy, progressive, inclusive and economically vibrant community that invests in the future in a financially sustainable and environmentally responsible manner through leadership, innovation and strong partnerships.


through service on boards and committees









Chair - Belleville Library Board Quinte Conservation Authority Alternate - Stirling and District Recreation Centre Chair - Planning Advisory Committee Chair - City Council Planning Committee Transit Operations Advisory Committee Chair - Grant Committee Gerry Masterson Thurlow Community Centre Committee Transportation Committee Alternate - Business Retention and Expansion Committee Fairgrounds Property Use Committee Chair - Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund Committee (extension of Grant Committee) Vice Chair - Departmental Performance Standards/Hiring Policies and Practices Review Committee Community and Human Services Committee Hastings/Quinte Long Term Care Committee 9-1-1 Committee Alternate - Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC) Quinte Source Protection Committee Planning Advisory Committee City Council Planning Committee Alternate - Facade Improvement Committee Business Retention and Expansion Committee Chair - Glanmore National Historic Site Advisory Committee Belleville Inclusion Committee Economic and Destination Development Committee Chair - Departmental Performance Standards/Hiring Policies and Practices Review Committee Alternate - Committee of Adjustment/Court of Revision/Property Standards/Fence Viewers Belleville Library Board Quinte Conservation Authority Hastings Quinte Emergency Services Committee Alternate - Joint Provincial Offences Board Planning Advisory Committee Lighting Display and Gateway Signage Committee Chair - Belleville Youth Advisory Committee

Accessibility Advisory Committee Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Board Hastings/Quinte Long Term Care Committee Vice Chair - Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board City Council Planning Committee Glanmore National Historic Site Advisory Committee Economic and Destination Development Committee

Alternate - Police Services Board Alternate - Belleville Library Board Quinte Conservation Authority Community and Human Services Committee Hastings Quinte Emergency Services Committee Joint Provincial Offences Board Archives Committee Transit Operations Advisory Committee Green Task Force Cultural Exchange Committee Lighting Display and Gateway Signage Committee Emergency Management Program Committee - Emergency Operations Control Group Vice Chair - Belleville Police Service Board Accessibility Advisory Committee Community and Human Services Committee Hastings Quinte Emergency Services Committee Joint Provincial Offences Board Alternate - Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board Grant Committee Economic and Destination Development Committee Lighting Display and Gateway Signage Committee Chair - Business Retention and Expansion Committee Fairgrounds Property Use Committee Chair - Belleville Inclusion Committee Departmental Performance Standards/Hiring Policies and Practices Review Committee Chair - Finance Committee Chair - Transit Operations Advisory Committee Chair - Stirling and District Recreation Centre Vice-Chair - Centre and South Hastings Waste Services Board Committee of Adjustment/Court of Revision/Property Standards/Fence Viewers Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Board Community and Human Service Committee Hastings/Quinte Long Term Care Committee Planning Advisory Committee City Council Planning Committee Gerry Masterson Thurlow Community Centre Committee Green Task Force Transportation Committee Alternate - Elexicon Energy Inc. Board of Directors Alternate - Quinte Conservation Authority Alternate - Hastings Quinte Emergency Services Committee Vice Chair - Belleville Library Board Alternate - Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Board Hastings Quinte Emergency Services Committee Alternate - Quinte Source Protection Committee Finance Committee Gerry Masterson Thurlow Community Centre Committee Belleville Inclusion Committee

Chair - Accessibility Advisory Committee Alternate - Community and Human Services Committee Alternate - Centre and South Hastings Waste Services Board Archives Committee Chair - Facade Improvement Committee Chair - Transportation Committee

Alternate - 9-1-1 Committee Alternate - Archives Committee Planning Advisory Committee City Council Planning Committee Alternate - Finance Committee Facade Improvement Committee Grant Committee Belleville Youth Advisory Committee Transportation Committee Chair - Economic and Destination Development Committee Cultural Exchange Committee Business Retention and Expansion Committee Vice Chair - Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC) Departmental Performance Standards/Hiring Policies and Practices Review Committee Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA) Board of Management


City of Belleville takes delegation to

SISTER CITY IN SOUTH KOREA In April, Mayor Mitch Panciuk led a delegation to our Sister City of Gunpo, South Korea. It was in September, 23 years ago, when we (Belleville) received our first visit from representatives of Gunpo in South Korea. It had been six years since representatives of Belleville last travelled to Gunpo. During that same time, we received two visits from them. We believed the time had come to revisit our Sister City. “What we experienced in South Korea was amazing. It is a highly-developed country, with people who are tremendously friendly and welcoming. We met with the Ambassador and officials at the Canadian Embassy, and even had the chance to meet with members and staff of the Gunpo City Chamber of Commerce. “This June, Hanon Systems Canada, Inc. (formerly known as Halla Climate Control Canada Inc.) celebrated their 30th anniversary here in Belleville. They have two plants in our City. While in South Korea, I wanted to personally thank Jay Son, the CEO of Hanon Systems, for their contribution to our community over the past three decades. This was the first time Hanon Systems had received a visit from City of Belleville representatives, so I was incredibly pleased to be able to represent us at this meeting. “What I didn’t know was that Mr. Son was one of the first plant managers at our Halla Climate Control Canada Inc. plant. A former plant manager from here in Belleville has worked their way to the very top of this multi-national company. I also learned our facility was the first plant they opened outside of Korea. Today, Hanon Systems employs over 22,000 people at 74 different manufacturing and engineering sites around the world. That global expansion, in a total of now 22 countries, started right here in beautiful Belleville. Mr. Son returned in June to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their Belleville plant, and we were proud to help them celebrate this milestone for Hanon Systems and for Belleville.” Mayor Mitch Panciuk


“We visited the Canadian Embassy and met with the Trade Commissioner in Seoul, toured several factories including the Hyundai factory in JeonJu, the largest in the world, and had plenty of time to tour our Sister City. “Korean people are incredible. I was impressed by their generosity and professionalism, their food and their culture. I was most impressed by their ability to drive innovation, their work ethic and their ambition.

“Small business enterprises are evident but the multinational economic giants like Samsung and LG Technologies are the crown jewels. Samsung’s Digital City in Suwon employs 30,000 people, about two-thirds the population of Belleville. “There is a mutual eagerness to promote and advance our cultural and commercial ties and plans are underway for a reciprocal visit by Mayor Han, the Chamber of Commerce and other delegation members in 2020.” Bill Sandison, Belleville City Councillor

“There is an incredible opportunity between Canada and Korea, and to that end, Belleville and Gunpo, to forge economic and cultural ties that will benefit both countries.” Ryan Williams, Belleville City Councillor

left to right: Councillor Chris Malette, Mayor Mitch Panciuk, exchange advisor Simon Kang, Councillor Ryan Williams, Councillor Bill Sandison, Quinte Economic Development Commission board member Tim McKinney and Chief Executive Officer at Quinte Economic Development Commission, Chris King

“A very productive visit to the Canadian Embassy in Seoul taught us that a country of almost 52 million living on a peninsula roughly the size of the island of Newfoundland has a need for imports of all things from fresh fruits and produce to raw materials such as wood, minerals and natural resources abundant in Canada. “Koreans insist on personal relationships in doing business on any scale. If you want to sell a Korean company a product, or introduce goods to an importing agency, meet with the people in charge, develop a relationship and ensure them you are who and what they need.” Chris Malette, Belleville City Councillor On June 27th, Hanon Systems Canada, Inc., an affiliate of Hanon Systems (KS:018880), celebrated three decades of manufacturing and delivering innovative thermal management products to the automotive industry. Established in 1989, the plant in Belleville, was the first operation outside of Korea. Known then as Halla Climate Control Canada Inc., it became Halla Visteon Climate Control Canada Inc. in 2013. The entity became Hanon Systems Canada Inc. in 2015, shortly after the Korea-based parent company became Hanon Systems. Jay Son, chief executive officer of Hanon Systems, was plant manager at Belleville from 1992 to 1997. He traveled back to the Belleville plant to celebrate the milestone with employees. Mayor Panciuk presented Hanon Systems Canada with the key to the city, a special recognition for the company’s contribution to the community.




introducing Chamber of Commerce

2019 BOARD PRESIDENT JON TUER The Belleville Chamber of Commerce has a voice at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, speaking on behalf of local businesses regarding the concerns that matter most to them. As a gateway to the business community they strive to provide support to ensure that Belleville has a strong, growing and healthy economy to invest in. Today, they represent and celebrate the success of over 500 businesses which range from small, home-based single proprietorships to large corporations. Jon Tuer was elected President of the 2019 Chamber Board of Directors. He is a partner at Wilkinson & Company LLP Chartered Accountants and joined the Chamber Board in 2014 as a Director. Jon served in the role of Treasurer, then Vice-President and is now President of the Board.

“My goal during my term as President is to discover

what each board member’s passion is, and then draw on that, ensuring it is well used. I want each of them to understand their role is of value. It is important to me that they are able to use their skills to contribute to the Chamber and also gain something personally from their experience.” Jon Tuer, 2019 President, Belleville Chamber of Commerce Jon was born and raised in Belleville, attending Harry J. Clarke Public School and graduating from Moira Secondary School. Following high school Jon went to the University of Waterloo where he obtained his B.Sc. in Biotechnology/ Accounting and his Master’s in Accounting. As part of the university co-op program he completed his work terms at Wilkinson & Company and was a summer student with them before that. In 2005 he was hired full-time at the accounting firm.

“It is a sense of community and advocacy that makes the Chamber important. We have a very diverse group which gives us a good perspective of all sections of our community - manufacturing, Loyalist College, retail, all sectors are represented,” Jon commented. “Something I am very pleased to see is the wide age range of those involved. The Chamber used to consist of primarily a more mature business group but now the demographic is much broader which makes for a better representation of our business community, resulting in fresh perspectives being brought to the table. Our consolidated voice that we bring to local, provincial and national levels is much richer because of this.

When not at work, Jon keeps himself busy within the community. He is a long-time member of the Quinte Curling Club and has served on their board as treasurer and as a coach for the junior program. During the summer months you can find him at Trillium Wood Golf Club where he has been a member for over a decade. As a firm Wilkinson & Company supports numerous causes throughout the community and Jon takes an active role in these initiatives.

“Until you are a part of the Chamber Board you cannot have a full appreciation for what is involved. The mentorship alone that you gain from others is a huge factor and one that I have personally gained so much from.”

Those interested in learning more about the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and the benefits members enjoy are encouraged to visit: BELLEVILLE.CA

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br eathes new lif e into

250 Sidney St.

What began initially with four tenants has grown to include over 30 with more on the way. All tenants enjoy common spaces which creates an atmosphere of camaraderie, support and socialization. The 250 Sidney St. campus has more than 150,000 square feet of office, meeting, lab, industrial and storage space. There is plenty of parking, a cafeteria, gym, relaxation room, multiple conference rooms, a 70-seat theatre and accessible event spaces - providing options for businesses of all sizes.

“Our tenants are our best advocates and through them, word began to spread about the great things happening at 250 Sidney St.,” added Frank. “We discovered that many people in the area knew of the facility but had never visited and were unaware of the amenities. Organizations have started to approach us to host community events. We’ve hosted two Guardian Angel galas and one for Belleville General Hospital. We are proud to help support the community in this way.”

Often, businesses experience the sensation of operating in a vacuum, isolated and forging ahead on their own. The Quinte Innovation and Conference Centre alleviates some of this stress. It enables businesses, in particular new entrepreneurs, to grow their initiatives in a professional atmosphere while thriving with the support of others within the group. Michael and Frank encourage their tenants to conduct fundraising events for the community and hope the centre continues to not only be a wonderful location for businesses to flourish but to also become known as a group that values its community and strives to make a positive difference in the City of Belleville.

Michael Sannella and Frank Mondelli of Toronto Capital were looking for a new opportunity to reposition assets. When they came across the listing for the former Nortel property (which by this time was the home of Avaya) their interest was piqued. Here was an extensive facility, nestled on 33 acres on Belleville’s west side, with an amazing infrastructure already in place. Sensing the potential for something unique and exciting they pursued the property purchase and the deal closed in August 2017.

“We had no idea this business decision would grow into such a creative, innovative community,” said Michael. “From the very beginning, we listened to the ideas of the tenants approaching us and were amazed at the level of interest from so many different sectors. There were health care, technology, marketing, fitness, wealth management, warehousing, entrepreneurs and non-profit groups, all looking to co-exist and share common amenities. It soon became evident that we were going to see much more than merely a bunch of separate businesses renting space. We were watching a community hub take formation.” 23


value of arts, culture and heritage

Our new City Council is determined to bring more attention to our arts, culture and heritage. Already this term they have taken steps to increase the financial assistance to individuals and organizations to support this wonderful sector. This spring our community was introduced to the first Mayor’s Week for the Arts that began with the Mayor’s Concert for the Arts - a magnificent concert, free of charge for Belleville residents featuring the Quinte Symphony at the Empire Theatre.

“People choose a place to live mainly due to work or education, or because that’s where they were born. But they choose to make a home where they feel there is a benefit to their quality of life. We have so much in Belleville that adds to our quality of life, including our vibrant arts, culture and heritage.”





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Melanie Hilmi (Vocals) and Victor Cooper (Vocals and Guitar)

Chantel Strangway (Performer) and Daryk Richards (Performer)

Melody Yang (Soprano), Deborah Smith (Soprano) and Douglas Rice (Piano)

The Mayor’s Week for the Arts continued on with a luncheon which was a celebration of the different forms of art we have in Belleville and the people who enrich our lives with their skill and talent. The Belleville Art Association showcased beautiful artworks and those attending the luncheon enjoyed a wide range of amazing entertainment by local artists. Included in the week’s ongoing activities was the Arts en Plein Air Festival hosted by the Quinte Arts Council, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers which drew artists from across the province to capture scenes throughout our beautiful city. The artists’ work was viewed and judged at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery at the end of the week.

“It is my hope, that this week starts a new era in our Belleville history, where Arts, Culture & Heritage go through a renaissance of their own. A renaissance is an awakening. It is about a rebirth and a new era. A new era that starts now.”


Antonio Afable and ‘Early Morning at Belleville Main Street’ at the Arts en Plein Air Festival

City Councillors Kelly McCaw, Bill Sandison and Chris Malette at closing Arts en Plein Air Festival ceremony.

Thanks to the Belleville Chamber of Commerce for another wonderful Family Artfest celebration at Zwick’s Park. In addition to the creative, fun activities - those attending had the additional pleasure of the Quinte Symphony performing throughout the event.




a celebration of life in honour of


In May, the passing of Dr. Robert L. Vaughan, fondly known by many as ‘Doc’, caused a wave of sadness which extended throughout the Quinte community and beyond. Husband, father, friend, physician and principal owner of the former Bulls provincial Junior ‘A’ team, Doc led a life that was huge in so many ways - one that touched hearts and changed lives. Approximately 400 people gathered at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre for a Celebration of Life to honour Dr. Vaughan. Throughout the years Dr. Vaughan’s contributions were recognized on many levels. He received the Bill Long Award for his ‘outstanding contributions and dedication to the development of Junior Hockey’ and the commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. In 1999, Dr. Vaughan and his wife Lois were awarded the Peace Tower Flag in recognition of their dedication to Junior Hockey in Canada. Doc was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame which in 2017 was moved to the Dr. R.L. Vaughan Atrium at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre. He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Ontario Hockey League for over a decade. A highlight with his beloved Bulls was the incredible celebration of their 1999 J. Ross Robertson Cup win. At his Celebration of Life, Dr. Vaughan’s ashes, contained in his medical bag, were driven to the stage in his Jaguar down an archway of hockey sticks held by former Belleville Bulls. Stories, tears and laughter were shared - a moving tribute to a man who impacted so many.


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national education scene In addition to teachers in the classroom, there is an extensive support network of professionals within the education system, working to provide students with the best learning experience possible. Sometimes there is a great deal of isolation as each person focuses on their individual interaction with the student.

support team members, client success coordinators, research and development, and sales and marketing. The strength of this exceptional group creates an inspiring and motivating environment in which we challenge each other and continually raise the bar for our clevr goals.”

“We could see there were a lot of quality things happening with students in the school system, yet many of them were happening in isolation. We set out to build a team of amazing software developers and tasked them with creating a cloud-based platform where educational professionals could access and contribute to strategies and accommodations for students through digitalized forms. It worked! We now support over 2,400 schools across Canada and our clevr team has grown from Darryl Denyes, CEO two to 17 full-time employees.”

The need to improve the ability of educators to collaborate with each other by sharing through an easily accessible online format became the new career challenge for Darryl Denyes. Darryl was no stranger to the education scene. He started as a teacher in Bancroft, then progressed through the roles of Vice-Principal in Frankford, Principal in Madoc and then on to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board office as Assistant Superintendent in charge of information technology. He joined forces with Kari Fraser Park and started Leadership Services Incorporated in 2006. In 2014 they rebranded and became clevr. Their software developers created a platform to bring these groups together - teachers, principals, counsellors, superintendents - the list goes on. Through online information and forms, clevr enables educators to share and support each other and their students in a more effective and transparent way. It’s working. There are currently 90+ school boards in five Canadian provinces using the clevr system and by 2020 this will extend across North America. The solutions are created specifically for each board’s unique needs, eliminating the time and expense of extensive changes to their document creation process or workflow.

Rarely a day passes without a video conference from the Belleville office with some Canadian school district, and by using the Cloud, clients have access to the clevr system wherever and whenever they wish. The fine balance between technology and personalized customer service has become a clevr trademark. Technology delivers their clients a product which improves their ability to share information and improve a student’s learning experience. While utilizing all of these technology systems they have not forgotten the importance of personalized customer service and in alignment with these principles, their client success coordinators focus on existing clients, ensuring they have the support and training to use clevr to its full potential.

“It’s been amazing to watch our team strengthen and grow,” Darryl commented. “We have an amazing group of highly skilled professionals - a blend of software developers,




residents pull out the red and white TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY


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community’s rich diversity celebrated at





business is booming

ON BELL BOULEVARD In recent years the City has seen several new businesses open on Bell Boulevard west of Sidney Street such as Habitat for Humanity ReStore, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Shorelines Casino and Pioneer Gas Bar. In April 2019 a 14.6 hectare parcel of land received zoning approval that will allow a large shopping centre development to be built on Bell Boulevard including 14 commercial buildings, a gas bar and Costco. There are also several other developments being planned and considered along Bell Boulevard west of Sidney Street.

Traffic volumes on Bell Boulevard have grown as new businesses have opened and when the developments such as Costco open for business, traffic volumes will increase even more. To address the growing traffic demands along Bell Boulevard the City has commenced the planning and design to widen Bell Boulevard west of Sidney Street. Planning is underway to widen Bell Boulevard from two lanes to four lanes with turning lanes and signalized intersections where needed to provide safe and efficient access to businesses along this rapidly growing section of Bell Boulevard. Sidewalks are also being included as part of the project.

To be ready for Costco and the other new businesses looking to open on Bell Boulevard, design work for the widened Bell Boulevard has begun. The design work will be completed by Winter 2019 / 2020 and construction of the new road is planned for Spring 2020. The City’s plans for the widening of Bell Boulevard west of Sidney Street will be available for public review and comment at a Public Information Centre to be held in August 2019. Please look for the City’s advertisement of this Public Information Centre online and in the newspapers and plan to come out in August and see what’s proposed for this rapidly growing commercial / industrial corridor. 30


great things happen when you believe Field of Ability is a project launched on behalf of Quinte Challenger Baseball to construct a fully accessible, barrier free ball diamond. Over the years, players of Challenger Baseball have had difficulty reaching their full potential and fully benefiting from the game of baseball due to a very hard, rugged, non-accessible ball field. Inclusion is the focus of this project, giving every child the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe environment with no barriers. The goal is to revitalize an existing community ball field to a ‘Field of Ability’. Since the official launch of the Field of Ability campaign in June 2018, the Belleville community has raised well over $700,000 towards building this wonderful new facility. The ground breaking ceremony took place on June 28, 2019 and the Field of Ability will be constructed in full this summer (2019). The site of the field, Parkdale Veterans Park, diamond #2, will undergo extensive redevelopments over the next few months. The end result of the project will feature a newly paved trail through the park, a new covered picnic shelter, a re-paved and extended parking lot, four universal washrooms in the Community Centre, and a barrier-free baseball field with a fully rubberized turf, an extended outfield for multi-sport use, full field fencing, covered dugouts, bleachers, a storage shed, an announcer’s booth, and an electric score board.

On June 28th a committed and excited group gathered at Parkdale Veterans Park for the ground breaking ceremony to mark the official beginning of the Field of Ability construction.

“The Field of Ability began with a small group of people with a dream of what could be, and through their vision, commitment and determination it has grown and touched the hearts of not only our entire community, but throughout the province. This amazing field will be the only one of its kind between Toronto and Ottawa and upon completion we will be the home of the fifth barrier free field in Ontario. Every child should have the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe environment with no barriers. Thank you to everyone who recognizes this and has contributed to making this dream a reality.”

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Despite the rainy weather on June 15th, it was a great day at Zwick’s Park celebrating the Field of Ability with Kraft Heinz Project Play and TSN. Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and joined us for the livestream of TSN’s Sportscentre.

It was with great appreciation that Mayor Mitch Panciuk accepted a $10,000 cheque from Frank Cowan Company and the Cowan Foundation for the Field of Ability.



Update on Two Provincial Infrastructure Studies Underway in Belleville:

Improvements to Highway 401 and the Highway 62 Norris Whitney Bridge On behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), WSP is continuing to seek public input on two provincial road planning projects in Belleville and the surrounding area. The first project is studying improvements to Highway 401, and the second project is studying improvements to the Highway 62 Norris Whitney Bridge. The project team has been studying alternative designs for improvements to the Highway 401 corridor from Wallbridge-Loyalist Road to approximately 5 km east of the Highway 62 interchange. The proposed work includes the rehabilitation and/or replacement of existing bridges,

and operational improvements at the Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Highway 62 and Highway 37 interchanges. Opportunities to address north-south active transportation connections across the Highway 401 corridor are also being considered.

For the Highway 62 Norris Whitney Bridge, the project team is identifying strategies to accommodate bridge rehabilitation construction and improve traffic operations on Highway 62. The bridge is an important connection between Belleville and Prince Edward County, and significant structural rehabilitation work will be required in the coming years. Traffic operations during construction activities are one of the key considerations of the study, and improvements to active transportation facilities are also being evaluated. Two joint public information centres have been held for these projects in December 2017 and May 2019. Many comments were received and have been considered as part of the study process. There is opportunity to review all materials presented on the project websites and the project team welcomes your comments. As part of the environmental assessment study, these will be documented in a report and made available for public review. Watch for notification of a third and final public information centre in the coming months, where the project team will present the preliminary design of the recommended plan for both projects.

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Did you know? You can report potholes, sidewalk maintenance, garbage and recycling issues, and other non-emergency problems with ease using our online Problem Reporting Form. These reports go directly to the responding department for review during business hours.

L E T ’ S L I G H T U P T H E PA R K The City of Belleville Christmas Lighting Display at Jane Forrester Park has become an annual tradition for many, drawing thousands of people from across the region. The sights and sounds of the display are a delight and the Lighting Display committee would like to build upon the current features and provide new surprises for the upcoming season. City Council and the Lighting Display committee have worked to enhance this memorable display and you too can help! Your financial support will allow us to create more magical memories. For information on how you can sponsor this heart-warming community attraction please contact: or call 613-967-3200, ext. 3260.

Just a few great things you don’t want to miss! SEPTEMBER



COPS & KIDS FISHING DERBY September 14, 2019, 9 AM - 12 PM Victoria Park

EMPIRE OKTOBERFEST CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL October 5, 2019, 11 AM - 7 PM Downtown Belleville

LIGHT UP THE PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHTING DISPLAY LAUNCH November 15, 2019, 6 PM - 8 PM Jane Forrester Park at Meyers Pier

SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY September 14, 2019, 1 PM - 4 PM Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre GALLERY STROLL September 19, 2019, evening Gallery District, Downtown Belleville

BELLEVILLE SENATORS OPENING NIGHT October 11, 2019 GALLERY STROLL October 17, 2019, evening Gallery District, Downtown Belleville

SANTA CLAUS PARADE November 17, 2019, 4:30 PM - 7 PM GALLERY STROLL November 21, 2019, evening Gallery District, Downtown Belleville

DOORS OPEN BELLEVILLE September 21, 2019, 10 AM - 4 PM FLAVOURS OF FALL FESTIVAL September 28, 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM Downtown Belleville PORCHFEST BELLEVILLE September 28, 2019, 12:45 PM - 5 PM

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