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The hazel mccallion canada day parade presented by Peel Chrysler

Opening ceremonies & cake cutting dunsire kids zone adventure canada youth stage Paramount Fine Foods Memorial Park Main Stage

around town FIREWORKS presented by queenscorp


Premier of Ontario - Première ministre de l’Ontario

July 1, 2017

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to everyone taking part in the Paint the Town Red Canada Day Celebration in Port Credit.

Dear Friends: I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone taking part in the 2017 Paint the Town Red Canada Day Celebrations in Port Credit. This year marks a momentous occasion in our nation’s history: the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Throughout 2017, Canadians will come together to celebrate our country’s accomplishments and achievements, as well as our shared values of compassion, diversity and inclusion. For over a decade, the people of Port Credit have come together on Canada Day to celebrate our great nation. I would like to commend the organizers and volunteers for their hard work in ensuring the success of this year’s celebration. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish you all a very happy Canada Day. Sincerely,

In Canada, we draw strength from the diversity of our people — from the Indigenous peoples who first lived and prospered on this land, to the newcomers who continue to enrich the life of the beautiful country we are so fortunate to call home. This year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario, we have a unique opportunity to come together to celebrate pride and optimism in our country and our province, foster a greater understanding of our collective history, and unite around a shared vision for the future. We have accomplished so much together, and I expect we will achieve even greater things in the next 150 years. I want to take this opportunity to recognize all those who helped to make this year’s celebration a reality, including the organizers, generous sponsors, and the many hard-working volunteers. I offer my sincere best wishes for a memorable and enjoyable celebration. Happy Canada Day!

The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada

Kathleen Wynne Premier

SVEN SPENGEMANN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT MISSISSAUGA—LAKESHORE

On behalf of the House of Commons, I extend warm greetings to John Bozzo, the Board of Directors, organizers and all participants in the 2017 Paint the Town Red Parade. The continued success of this beautiful and spirited celebration underscores the dedication and enthusiasm of the many organizers and volunteers who make the 2017 Paint the Town Red Parade possible.

JULY 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day! Celebrating Canada 150 with Paint The Town Red Dear friends and neighbours, Happy Canada Day!

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, my sincere thanks for your invaluable service and commitment to our vibrant, inclusive community in Mississauga-Lakeshore.

I am pleased to join you at Paint The Town Red to celebrate a milestone birthday for our country and province. Canada 150 is a momentous occasion, and we have much to be proud of here in our waterfront village and across our community.

Happy Canada Day!

We live in a safe, diverse and prosperous community and country, and today we take time to celebrate that. I look forward to connecting with many of you in person over this two day festival.

Sven Spengemann Member of Parliament Mississauga-Lakeshore

I would also like to thank the outstanding team that organizes this event year after year, including Paint The Town Red’s chair Johnny Bozzo and the volunteers who work tirelessly. Best wishes to all for a great celebration and a very happy Canada Day! Sincerely,

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Canada Day 2017

Personal Message from Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Happy Canada Day!

Dear Friends, On behalf of the great City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I would like to recognize all the dedicated and tremendous volunteers and community leaders for helping to organize the 2017 Paint the Town Red Canada Day celebrations, in our beautiful waterfront community of Port Credit. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation and our country’s founding, which is an important milestone in our nation’s proud history. Since then, Canada has grown to become a globally-respected country that safeguards and embodies the unwavering values of peace, order and democracy - here at home - and in peace keeping efforts undertaken around the world. Paint the Town Red Canada Day is a much anticipated and cherished event enjoyed by residents from all parts of our City, and in communities throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. As families gather in Port Credit to celebrate the birth of our nation, and to reflect on how blessed we are to call ourselves Canadians, let us also remember to show compassion to those individuals in need of additional care and support. I encourage all residents to dedicate their time, talent and treasure toward making a positive and lasting difference in our community and country. Once again, I offer my very best wishes to the organizers and participants who have all come together for the 2017 Paint the Town Red Canada Day celebrations! Happy Canada Day, Mississauga! Warmest Regards,

Bonnie Crombie, MBA, ICD.D Mayor, City of Mississauga

Canada Day 2017 in beautiful Port Credit will be a two day celebration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Birthday of Confederation. The sesquicentennial anniversary is the perfect time to bring your family and friends down to Mississauga's amazing waterfront village by the lake and enjoy the festivities of Paint the Town Red. With this year’s special extra day, it will be double the celebration and double the fun. Join us for Mississauga's premier parade and most fantastic fireworks, enjoy music in the park, great family fun, stroll the historic Credit River or sit and enjoy our fabulous waterfront views. As the Councillor for Ward 1, it is my honour to welcome you and your families to Paint the Town Red in Port Credit. I would like to thank John Bozzo and the volunteers who annually organize this amazing celebration; it is always an event to remember. We would also like to thank our Federal colleagues and the City of Mississauga for their continued support for Paint the Town Red. Come early and get a great seat to watch from one of our famous sidewalk patios. See you at the parade!

Councillor, Ward 1 Mississauga

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!!! Welcome to Paint the Town Red Port Credit’s Canada Day Celebrations! 2017 commemorates Canada’s 150th birthday and we are celebrating with two full days of festivities. As Canadians, we have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for. We are the 2nd largest country in the world, a country of compassionate, kind, and caring citizens. Canada ranks amongst the highest in economic freedom, education, and quality of life offering individuality, opportunity, harmony, and inclusion. We should all be proud to be Canadian. Come to Port Credit and join us as we proudly celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in Mississauga’s most picturesque and vibrant community. What’s Canada Day without a parade? Mississauga’s matriarch, Hazel McCallion will be the 2017 Grand Marshall for the Paint the Town Red Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade starting at 11am, followed by our opening ceremonies and the cutting of the nation’s largest Canadian flag birthday cake at La Villa Bakery. Memorial Park will be buzzing all weekend long with non-stop entertainment on two stages; the Paramount Main Stage and the Adventure Canada Youth Stage. Take the family to visit the Dunsire Kids Zone for inflatables, crafts, interactive entertainment and more. Vendors, food trucks, and for the first time in our 14 year history, we have a fully licensed Memorial Park with bar service provided by the Port House Social Bar & Kitchen. The Queenscorp Fireworks show launches shortly after 10pm. Visit www.paintthetownred.ca for a complete list of July 1st & 2nd entertainment and activities. Passion, generosity, and community spirit are a few of the characteristics behind our dedicated Paint the Town Red volunteers. People who work tirelessly to bring you Port Credit’s Canada Day celebrations. On behalf of the Board of Directors, THANK YOU to all of our volunteers for everything you do, for without you, none of this would be possible. We would really appreciate it, when you see a volunteer, to take a moment and say thanks. After all, it is the Canadian thing to do. As a non-profit community event, none of these festivities would be possible without the generous, dedicated support of our sponsors and our community partners. Some of these supporters include the City of Mississauga, Port Credit Community Foundation, Port Credit BIA, our government funding partner Heritage Canada, and Ontario 150. Please take a moment to check our list of sponsors online or in the park, and whenever possible, support the businesses that year after year help to bring you great community events. Most of all I would like to thank my wife, Angela Bozzo, for her hard work and support in order to make this event possible. Happy Birthday Canada! We hope you will join us for the 14th Paint the Town Red Port Credit’s Canada Day celebrations.

John Bozzo Chair, Paint the Town Red Port Credit


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SATURDAY, JULY 1 DUNSIRE KIDS ZONE STAGE 2:30 – 3:00pm 4:30 – 5:00pm

Beauty & the Beast Princess Show Beauty & the Beast Princess Show

ADVENTURE CANADA YOUTH STAGE 1:30 – 2:00pm 2:00 – 3:30pm 3:30 – 4:00pm 4:00 – 5:00pm 5:30 – 6:00pm

A2D2 Aerial Dance Cirque Mississauga Pops Orchestra A2D2 Aerial Dance Cirque Singing Contestants with John Santos A2D2 Aerial Dance Cirque

PARAMOUNT FINE FOODS MAIN STAGE 12:30 – 1:30pm 1:45 – 2:45pm 3:00 – 3:30pm 3:45 – 4:00pm 4:15 – 5:20pm 5:40 – 6:50pm 7:15 – 8:20pm 8:50 – 10:00pm 10:05pm 10:15pm

Sean Pinchin Command Sisters City of Mississauga Dance Program Melle Rose Back to the 60s Experience Back to the 80s Experience Tom Barlow & Guests Memphis 2 Motown with special guests O Canada Queenscorp Fireworks

SUNDAY, JULY 2 DUNSIRE KIDS ZONE STAGE 2:30 – 3:00pm 4:30 – 5:00pm

Beauty & the Beast Princess Show Beauty & the Beast Princess Show

ADVENTURE CANADA YOUTH STAGE 12:00 – 1:00pm 1:00 – 2:00pm 2:00 – 3:00pm 3:00 – 4:00pm 4:00 – 6:00pm

Mississauga Pops Orchestra Sanskriti Arts Singing Contestants with John Santos Body by Chosen T-Rox All-Stars

PARAMOUNT FINE FOODS MAIN STAGE 12:00 – 12:50pm Mucho DeNaros 1:00 – 1:50pm Hurricane Hill 2:00 – 2:45pm Bayou Boys 3:00 – 3:45pm Canadian Girl Power with Krista Blondin 3:55 – 4:45pm Susan Aglukark 4:55 – 5:45pm British Legends 6:00 – 7:00pm Hotel California


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A CANADIAN SUCCESS STORY An immigrant from Lebanon, Mohamad Fakih credits Canada for providing him the opportunity to fulfill his dreams.

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id you hear the story of the Lebanese businessman who walked into a restaurant to buy baklava and walked out the owner of the place? If so, then you’ve heard the story of Mohamad Fakih. Fakih arrived in Canada at the age of 26 to help a friend whose business was struggling. He never thought he would make Canada his home, never mind become the owner of a Middle Eastern restaurant chain. After all, Fakih was trained in gemology and had previously worked as a jeweler in Lebanon. After helping his friend, Fakih decided to stay in Canada a while longer. He was attracted to the country’s multiculturalism and, as someone who believes in grasping opportunities when they come up, Fakih recognized Canada as a land full of them. Case in point, one day while walking around the Eaton Centre mall, he passed by a jewelry store. He entered and asked the owner if he could help him out for free, just so he would have something to do with his days while he explored Canada. The store owner accepted his offer and soon after asked him to stay on as a full-time employee. Within

a year, he was the store’s sales manager. Having always dreamed of opening his own business, Fakih eventually found a partner and opened his own jewelry boutiques. Fakih’s move from jewelry to the restaurant business came about as he says, “by mistake.” He was taking some friends out on a boat trip to Niagara Falls. His wife suggested that he buy some baklava. “They were not Middle Eastern so she said it would be great that we should offer them something that relates to the Middle East because we’re Lebanese,” he says. His wife suggested a place that sold the best baklava in the city, Paramount Fine Foods, but it was far from the lake. “I was huffing and complaining that there was no time to prepare the boat and I was going to be late,” recalls Fakih. When he arrived at the restaurant, he was already annoyed. “I walked into this pretty ugly place with white walls and orange doors. I went to wash my hands and the sink was broken. The whole experience wasn’t the best,” he says. Fakih walked to the counter and asked for some baklava. The owner recognized Fakih from a magazine article and asked if he would lend him

$250,000 for his restaurant. Fakih declined, saying “I just need to buy baklava,” but the restaurant owner was persistent. “He said, ‘They’re going to shut me down in five days.’ “I said ‘Here’s my card,’ hoping he would lose it or he wouldn’t call,” laughs Fakih. Monday morning at 7 a.m., the restaurant owner called. Fakih lent him the money. Four days later, the owner called. “He said the money’s gone. The debts are way bigger than $250,000. You helped me. Come get all the equipment, sell it and take your money,” recalls Fakih. When Fakih went to the restaurant, he met with the staff and spoke with the chef. He then called some friends at a consulting company and asked them how the Middle Eastern concept would perform in Canada if the restaurant were saved. “They said there’s no authentic experi-

ence here yet. It’s all mom and pop shops and some of them shut down after a couple of years because they don’t have systems,” says Fakih, who smelled an opportunity for him to grow the Middle Eastern restaurant concept. The only problem was the only experience Fakih had in the restaurant business was five days working for Tim Hortons when he first arrived in Canada. “The only thing I knew how to do was to clean tables,” he says. But Fakih felt he had a potential success on his hands. The restaurant already had a very good chef. What it didn’t have was a system, and that was something Fakih could do. He worked with consultants, putting in 18-hour days for the first year and half, building the restaurant from the back end. A few years later, when Fakih hung Paramount Fine Foods’ sign on his third location, he sat on the street and cried. “I didn’t think that one day

Fakih’s favourite part of being president and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods is having the opportunity to teach others.


the guy that walked in as an immigrant, worked in a coffee shop, would have a sign beside the best theatre in the city and across the biggest, most important mall in Canada, the Eaton Centre,” he says. But that was just the beginning. With a franchising model, Paramount Fine Foods is now expecting to have 55 locations at the end of 2016, not only in Canada, but also in the United States, Pakistan and England. They will be opening the first locations in western Canada, in Edmonton and British Columbia, this year and already have two locations in Toronto’s Pearson Airport in Terminals 1 and 3.

gather for an important meeting and surprised them all by taking them to Great Wolf Lodge. Sliding down tubes and acting like kids was a great way to bond as a team and show that the boss is just a regular guy who can have fun, too. “We play soccer every couple weeks. They throw me on the floor, they trip me with the ball,” he says. Reminding his team how important they are to his success is top of mind for Fakih. “Everyone is expecting you one day to forget about them because you became too big. You need to send the opposite message,” he says.

Sixty-nine per cent of Paramount’s clientele are, in fact, non-Middle Eastern. “We’re a very proudly Canadian company,” says Fakih.

Fakih’s favourite part of being president and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods is having the opportunity to teach others. “I love hiring staff; waking up every morning, teaching them something and making changes in their lives,” he says. Several staff members have grown within the company. Fakih’s former executive assistant became a franchise manager and eventually an executive at the company. “It’s not me, it’s her hard work, but even if I’m responsible for two per cent of that success, it makes me feel I need to wake up every morning,” says Fakih.

Fakih credits his team with his success and has gone to extremes to show them his gratitude. “I’m the craziest boss you can find,” he says. Once, he asked them all to

While you could say Fakih was in the right place at the right time when he got the opportunity to purchase Paramount Fine Foods, he says all immigrants can achieve

Popularizing Middle Eastern cuisine is one accomplishment Fakih is proud of. Paramount Fine Foods is not only popular among Middle Eastern clientele who are looking for a taste of home, but to Canadians who are seeking healthy, clean food. “We don’t freeze any of our foods,” says Fakih. “I feed the clients’ children what I would feed my children.”

the success he has had simply by feeling that this country is theirs. While many newcomers arrive in Canada feeling that they have one leg in Canada and one leg in their home country, Fakih says newcomers would be well served to avoid feeling that Canada is their second country. “They need to feel that this country is theirs,” he says. “I always say I am Canadian by choice,” says Fakih. “I had other options and I chose to be Canadian.” In fact, Fakih says he loves Canada more than a lot of people who were born here because he chose Canada over the country he was born in. “I think I’m living the Canadian dream because I got an opportunity that everyone dreams of.”■ Reprinted with permission from Canadian Immigrant magazine

“I always say I am Canadian by choice,” says Fakih. “I had other options and I chose to be Canadian.”


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We have many exciting Performances and entertainment throughout port credit. SATURDAY, JULY 1

royal canadian legion br 84 free hot dogs for the kids plus live entertainment 12:00 to 4:00 pm

lighthouse stage Lowe’s school of Music 1:00 to 4:00 pm

credit village marina stage t-rox allstars 1:00 to 4:00 pm

chartwell regency retirement live entertainment 1:00 to 4:00 pm

waterside inn chuck jackson 2:00 to 5:00 pm


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Charles Sousa, MPP Mississauga South

Happy Canada Day! Thanks to all the volunteers who make this outstanding celebration on our waterfront possible.

Constituency Office: 120 Lakeshore Road West, Unit 1 & 2 Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1E8 T: 905-274-8228 | F: 905-274-8552 csousa.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org www.charlessousa.ca


The story of Port Credit begins long before the arrival of non-Native settlers. Archaeological evidence suggests that Native peoples were attracted to the Credit River Valley over a period of thousands of years. By 1700 the Ojibwa had driven the Iroquois from the North Shore of Lake Ontario, and a group of Ojibwa, known as the Mississaugas, had settled around the mouth of the Credit River. The Mississaugas referred to the river as “Mi sinihe” or “Trusting Water”, a name derived from the custom of trading on trust, or credit. The British Crown established a trading post and Government Inn on the east bank of the Credit River in 1796. On August 2nd, 1805, at the mouth of the Credit River, the Mississaugas signed a land treaty with the British Crown. The Mississaugas reserved a one-mile strip of land on either side of the River. Old Port Credit Village, on the west side of the Credit River, was surveyed by Robert Lynn on June 20, 1835, and construction of a harbour began almost immediately. The departure of the Mississaugas in 1847 opened up the Credit River to commercial expansion and Port Credit went through a period of tremendous economic growth as a harbour. This prosperous period ended in the mid-1850s as a result of both a great fire, which destroyed the west end of the harbour, and the construction of the Grand Trunk and Great Western Railways, which diverted commerce away from the village. Towards the end of the century, the stonehooking trade kept the port alive, and Port Credit slowly began to recover. The arrival of the St. Lawrence Starch Company, in

1889, and other large industries, such as the Port Credit Brickyard, revitalized Port Credit’s economy. Port Credit soon became a shopping area for tourists and travellers. Port Credit became a Police Village in 1909 and was incorporated as a Village in 1914. Port Credit acquired Town status in 1961 and was amalgamated into the City of Mississauga in 1974. Old Port Credit still retains much of its architectural character and early street names. In 2005, Old Port Credit Village was designated as a Heritage Conservation District. STREET NAMES Peter Street is named for Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby), who was a Chief of the Mississaugas and a Methodist Minister. Peter helped to shape both the Native and non- Native communities around him. Also Mississauga Road South was originally called Joseph Street after Mississauga Chief Joseph Sawyer. John Street was named after John Jones, brother of Peter Jones. PORT CREDIT LIGHTHOUSE (1991) 105 Lakeshore Road W. One of the most familiar sights near any harbour is a lighthouse, and Port Credit has had its share of them. The first was constructed in 1863 by Frederick Chase Capreol. The lighthouse, which was built out in the harbour, was taken over by the Ontario government in 1882. A 1908 flood separated the lighthouse from the mainland and in 1918 the lighthouse closed. The old lighthouse burned in 1936. The present lighthouse

was constructed in 1991 and, while not an historic structure, is a reminder of Port Credit’s marine heritage. It is a Peel Region pumping station and the home of the Port Credit BIA. From its deck one can get a very good view of the Credit River and Port Credit harbour.

PORT CREDIT HARBOUR & The Stonehookers Always a natural safe haven from lake storms, the harbour proper began when the Port Credit Harbour Company was founded in 1834. The construction of two wharves and a warehouse allowed for the export of goods by loading them onto larger boats that could go long distances to other parts of Canada and the world. The harbour reached its peak between 1880 and 1900 with the advent of stonehooking; one of the primary building materials for construction in Toronto was shale from the bottom of Lake Ontario. The vessels that raised this stone were called Stonehookers and a great many of them were based at Port Credit. The trade started in the mid 1800s and lasted till about 1910 when inland quarries opened up. The peak of the trade was in 1881 when 23 stonehooking vessels operated out of


Port Credit. Today the historic harbour is home to recreational activities. ABRAM BLOCK Jr. HOUSE (c.1850) 42 Front Street S. Although altered, this is the Ontario Cottage was the home of Abram Block Jr. and his wife Susannah. Block was a mariner and stonehooker captain of the Mary E. Ferguson. He also built and repaired boats with John Miller, who was the lighthouse keeper, in a workshop located in the Front Street road allowance near his house. He was also a school trustee for 42 years and was active in the Port Credit Methodist (later, First United) Church. Block acquired this property in 1882, and likely built this house shortly thereafter. The home remains a private family residence today.

station, recreational trails, play facilities, picnic areas and a pond. The park is also part of the Waterfront Trail, which connects westward through the adjacent Texaco Lands. Saddington Park was created out of landfill deposited in Lake Ontario between 1949 and 1970, in part to protect against further erosion of the shoreline that was threatening properties. The park was named for J.C. Saddington, former Reeve and Town Mayor of Port Credit. Located within the park are the remains of the former Port Credit Waterworks. These brick structures date to 1922-23. The opening of the waterworks represented a significant advancement in Port Credit infrastructure. Several houses were once located along the south side of Lake Street, within the bounds of the modern park. Some of these dwellings are noted to have been relocated. PORT CREDIT FIRE HALL (1955) 62 Port Street

WILCOX INN (c.1850) 32 Front Street S. In 1850, Captain James Wilcox built this Georgian Survival home. He operated it first as an inn, intended as a haven for weary sailors and harbour workers, for three years. Sometime before 1855, he returned to his former employ as a Lake Captain, engaging in all kinds of lake trade, including stonehooking, commercial fishing, lumbering, and transporting all sorts of goods between Hamilton, Port Credit and Toronto. Over the years, the Wilcox Inn served a variety of purposes. By 1888 however, it was used as community hall for social gatherings. In 1891, the inn was renovated and used for church services. Later, the old inn became the meeting hall for the first Peel Temperance Society, under the direction of Captain John Miller. It is a private family residence today. J.C. SADDINGTON PARK J.C. Saddington Park stretches along the south side of Lake Street in Old Port Credit Village, and offers visitors picnic facilities, barbecues, a comfort

This two-storey red brick building is the oldest fire hall remaining in Mississauga. The fire hall was officially opened on December 12, 1955. Built by local builders H. Lee & Sons, the building originally served as a combination fire hall and police hall for Port Credit.

in the mid 1840s a new lime and lumber building was constructed on Lakeshore Road. In 1894, this building was moved to its present location where it was used as a community hall. The local Masonic lodge bought and renovated the building in 1915. CLARKE MEMORIAL HALL (c.1922) 161 Lakeshore Road W. Mary Louise Clarke and her husband, Alfred Russell Clarke, were among the wealthier Torontonians who established summer retreats at Lorne Park Estates. Mary Louise had Clarke Memorial Hall built in 1922 in memory of her husband. Alfred Russell Clarke was on his way to England for business in 1915, aboard the now famous ocean liner “Lucitania.” Although he survived the sinking, Alfred caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwards in a London hospital, never returning to Canada. The hall itself was finished in 1922, and upon completion, Mary donated the hall to the United Church. During the Depression, due to financial reasons, the church gave control of the hall to the Village of Port Credit. For many years the hall was used as a community hall and was the site of municipal offices from 1941 to 1974. The building’s classical columns, Italianate brackets, Renaissance Revival Dutch gable and the Spanish clay roof tiles show the architectural eclecticism common during the 1920s. FIRST UNITED CHURCH (c.1894) 151 Lakeshore Road W.

MASONIC TEMPLE (c.1845) 47 Port Street One of the most important influences on Port Credit’s social and religious development was the introduction of Methodism. The primary leaders in the Methodist movement were Rev. Peter Jones, a Mississauga chief of Welsh and Native heritage, his brother John, and Egerton Ryerson, who would eventually establish Ontario’s public school system. The Jones brothers began preaching, in 1826, to the Native Mississaugas, who erected a shelter to serve as a chapel and a school. In 1828, the church was rebuilt as a log mission house, and then

The earlier church on the site, which was built in 1845, was relocated and a portion of the present building was built in 1894. Formerly the Port Credit Methodist Church, this building became an incorporated chapel of the First United Church in 1925. It had been the third meeting place for Port Credit’s Methodists, and was originally constructed of red brick. New additions and an extension were added in 1942 and 1950 respectively, and the entire church was sheathed in cut stone to harmonize the exterior. The original portion of the church, now missing its original tower, fronts onto Lakeshore Road, while the 1950 extension now houses First United Church. www.heritagemississauga.com www.mississauga.ca/heritagefour www3.sympatico.ca/chessie217


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