Friday morning was a beautiful morning with brilliant blue skies and fabulous sunshine.  Most days while driving to work, a quick detour down Memorial Drive (the long way to work) reminds me daily as to what a great City we live in.  The Marina, Heritage Train and Carousels, The Boat, The Chief and looking out over the Marina at a calm and glass like Lake Nipissing, renews my spirit in why we live here.

Our community is fortunate to have so many people that give so much to so many others and in so many ways.  Our waterfront is supported by hundreds of volunteers through the Heritage Gardeners, who give much of their time and energy to make it such a beautiful place.  They show their pride in this City, through their commitment and passion, making our world a little better, with each minute that they give back to a community, that they love and care for.

When we take stock of our assets in this City, our volunteers are a huge part of the threads that make up the fabric of North Bay.  But also, we have one of the most caring and generous communities that should be the envy of all other communities.  Every worthy cause, fundraising event, and needs in our community is supported by our entire community. Last week, the announcement by Max and Lorraine Shapiro of a donation to the North Bay Regional Hospital Foundation, Cancer Care, Close to Home Campaign of One Million Dollars is another example of the generosity of our citizens.  Giving back and paying forward to future generations is what it is all about.

Also last week, The North Bay Battalion, One Kids Place/La place des enfants Children’s Treatment Centre and Deacon Wealth Management, teamed up for their annual golf tournament.  Another sold out event that raised over $50,000.00 for One Kids Place, which will assist families with children who have specialized needs and require specialized equipment.  This facility does so much for our children in this district and everyone who sponsored, donated and participated understands the needs.  Thanks to the North Bay Battalion, Deacon Wealth Management and all of volunteers that make this event a huge success every year.

Speaking of the North Bay Battalion, they were represented well by several former players and present players at the golf tournament.  It was announced as well at the OKP/Battalion Tournament, that in the five years that they have made North Bay their home, that approximately $1,000,000.00 has been raised through various events including the golf tournament, KidSport and various other charities.  They are an integral part of this giving community and our hats are off to Scott Abbott and his entire team for what they do, for this area and City.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.