Cornwall wins Welcome Wagon Community of the Year Award

June 27, 2012

From left: Acting Mayor Bernadette Clement, Welcome Wagon Representative Tammy Head and Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce Assistant Executive Manager Amy Malyon.

As the local representative for Welcome Wagon, Tammy Head has helped celebrate the special occasions in the lives of hundreds of our community members over the past few years.

Those efforts, supported by numerous businesses, organizations like the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cornwall, have been formally recognized with Welcome Wagon naming Cornwall the 2011 Community of the Year for Eastern Canada in the 35,000 – 60,000 population category.

“This is great news for Cornwall,” said Acting Mayor Bernadette Clement. “Our City has long been known as a friendly and welcoming place, and this award is further proof of that.”

To be eligible for the award, a community must have Welcome Wagon’s three basic programs in place – visits to families who move, new or expecting parents, and couples planning a wedding. Participation by the business community and civic involvement in the program is also considered a bonus.

Cornwall’s Welcome Wagon program includes visits to new families and new parents as well as new business owners and executives. On average, Ms. Head estimates Welcome Wagon conducts 45 visits per month. In addition to the visits, Welcome Wagon organizes bridal shows twice a year and a baby shower event each year, for expecting mothers.

New families receive gifts, a welcome letter from the Mayor and various resources such as the City of Cornwall’s New Resident and Leisure guides, the Visitor Guide and information on medical, dental and vision care, among other things. Meanwhile, new business owners are provided with gifts, information on programs offered by various organizations such as the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC). Families with newborns also receive gifts, and helpful resources for newborns and families.  All visits are free.

“It’s rewarding to provide these resources to our community members and let them know that there are people who can help them and answer any questions they may have,” said Tammy.

To help raise the profile of Welcome Wagon, Tammy has developed partnerships with the Local Seeker and Mix 96.1, and she has also attempted to reach newcomers through locations like grocery stores, the library, licence bureau and the Service Canada office.

More than 50 businesses, organizations and service clubs contributed to Welcome Wagon’s success in 2011. They included Art & Technique Hairstyling Academy, Bartley-Hathaway Financial Services, Baxtrom’s Independent Grocer, Benson Certified Auto Service, Bridal’s Dream, Carol Grant Productions, Charmic Limos & Tours, the Chamber of Commerce, CBEC, Cornwall & The Counties Tourism, Cornwall Civic Complex, Cornwall Dental Clinic, Elegante Wedding Decorations, Future Office Products, Gina’s Mobile Salon, Herbal Magic, Investors Group, Jean Leboeuf Family Dental Centre, Johnny B Good Disc Jockey, Knowledge First Financial, Laura’s Flowers & Fine Gifts, Leon’s Furniture, MacEwen Petroleum, Mai-Liis The Graphic Designer, Mary Kay, Memories Video Photos, Mix 96.1 and 101.5 The Fox, MJV Consulting, Pharmacie Jean Coutu, Pommier Jewellers, Pre-Paid Legal Care of Canada, Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, Richard Men’s Wear, Rona Perkins Home Centre, Rotary Club of Cornwall, Roy’s Florist, SD&G Community Futures Development Corporation, Sears Gift Registry, STORM Realty, Strathmore Winery, Sun Life Financial, Sweet Creations Specialty Chocolates, TD Canada Trust, The Easier To Read Telephone Directory, The Local Seeker, The Talent Scout, Unity Savings & Credit Union, Uppercase Living, Wedding Showcakes, VersaCore Tech Design and Williamstown Veterinary Services.

“We’re proud to say that our programs keep expanding, and we’ve had several new sponsors join us in 2012,” said Tammy.

New sponsors on board for 2012 include Arbonne, Axxis Optical, Cardinal Fiscal Care Enterprise, Cardinal Law Office, Centre culturel de Cornwall, Cornwall Community Hospital (Women & Children’s Health Department), Moment.us Photography, Ontario Early Years Centre of SDG, Partylite and Thomas Cook-Algonquin Travel.

To learn more about Welcome Wagon and becoming a sponsor or requesting a visit, or if you want to find out about joining the Welcome Wagon team as a Community Representative, please visit www.welcomewagon.ca or call 1-866-283-7583.

 

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