January 17 & 18th – Budget and Festivities

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One of the many young people entertaining the audience at Thai Pongul with elaborate and beautiful dances

 

Over this past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Thai Pongul Celebration hosted by the York Region  Seniors’ Tamil Centre, and another hosted by the Tamil Canadian Congress. Both of these events celebrated Thai Pongul, an event celebrated in Sri Lanka and many parts of India to note the abundance of the Harvest Season and the beginning of the New Year. I find it so intriguing that we can celebrate a harvest season in the middle of our winter. This luxury is afforded to us because of the great cultural contributions that so many groups that call Richmond Hill home, including the Tamil population, have made to our society. One of the many great things about living in a multicultural community like ours is that there seems to always be an excuse for all of us to celebrate something!

A little less festive but still a good event was the information session that Council and staff had at Hillcrest Mall and also at the Chamber of Commerce, to talk to residents and businesses about the upcoming 2015 Operating Budget. We had most members of council attend this event and were able to talk to a good number of people about this important aspect of our municipal government. The Operating Budget in many ways, is the foundation of our community and dictates how Richmond Hill looks and feels to residents. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about this budget please feel free to contact me at 905-771-2480 or by email at [email protected]

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What would a harvest celebration be without delicious food!

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I am not sure that these two young singers could be any cuter

 

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Our CEO David Dexter speaking to the Chamber of Commerce about our Operating Budget (this has become an annual Chamber event)