Town to be asked to boost Gilson bursary

Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft will be asking Fort Frances town council this evening to contribute to the new bursary fund being established in honour of the late Struchan Gilson, a former councillor and well-known teacher and coach.
Coun. Wiedenhoeft said this morning that since his letter to the editor ran in last week’s Fort Frances Times, at least $100 has been donated to the bursary—with more on the way.
“I know a couple more people who said they are going to give. I am going to give, as well,” added Coun. Wiedenhoeft, noting he also is anticipating donations from the Rainy River District School Board, Gilson’s family, and the local ladies’ volleyball league.
Because Gilson “touched so many lives in this community, not only as a teacher and coach but as a volunteer and citizen,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft said local residents also have the chance to contribute to the bursary fund.
“He was a longtime teacher and coach,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft remarked. “He coached from the day he got here until the day he died almost, and he was instrumental in starting NorWOSSA soccer and coached girls’ soccer for a long, long time.”
“He had a big impact on the community as a volunteer and a citizen, too. There’s a lot of people who respected him. Just look at the size of his funeral.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation to this bursary can contact Bill Fisher at the Fort Frances High School guidance department (274-7747). He will issue receipts for tax purposes.
Coun. Wiedenhoeft hopes to build up the bursary fund to around $5,000 so that it will be able to provide $300-$500 every year without touching the principal.
The bursary will be given to a graduating FFHS student going on to post-secondary education in the field of sport, recreation, or physical education.
“It’s a worthy cause,” said Coun. Wiedenhoeft. “We don’t have a bursary yet for someone going on to the fields of athletics or sport or physical education.
“Who knows? Maybe we’ll get someone who goes on in that field and comes back and teaches in Fort Frances,” he added. “Or maybe someone will go on to the medical field.
“A lot of doctors take kinesiology in their pre-medicine undergraduate degree because of all the anatomy and physiology,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft noted.
“Maybe we’ll get a doctor out of one of these bursaries. Who knows?”
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:20 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole at 5:30, but this meeting will be in-camera until about 6.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a request from the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Team for financial support of its 2007 banner fundraiser;
•a deeming request from Paul Morrison regarding lots 22 and 23 on Plan SM-69-902 Crowe Ave.;
•a request from Hon. Jim Bradley to proclaim June as “Seniors’ Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors to proclaim April 28-May 6 as “Naturopathic Medicine Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to authorize the signing of an agreement with Todd Plourde and the Professional Fire Fighters Association;
•a bylaw to establish tax ratios for prescribed property classes;
•a bylaw to authorize increasing the cap to taxes for commercial, industrial, and multi-residential properties, and to establish a minimum threshold for certain eligible properties; and
•a request from the Economic Development Advisory Committee to send local representation to the first Canadian Wireless Applications Conference and Exhibition coming up May 28-30 in Toronto.