PROVINCIAL PLAQUE UNVEILING
ONTARIO HERITAGE TRUST
THE FOUNDING OF GEORGETOWN
Remarks by Ted Arnott, MPP
June 26 , 2013
For 17 years, I drove through Georgetown on my way
to Queen’s Park, and back home again.
Then in 2007, my Riding boundaries changed, and for
the past six years, I’ve been privileged to represent the
people of Georgetown in the Ontario Legislature.
Throughout these past six years, I have never ceased
to be amazed by the energy and pride of a dynamic
community that just keeps getting better and better.
It has been a pleasure to work with the many
community organizations in Georgetown, too many to
mention in the few minutes we’ve each been allocated
for our remarks…I’m told I’m to be finished and
sitting down at precisely 2:17 pm!
The one thing all these community groups have in
common, the thread that ties them all together, is a
community spirit in this town which is second to none
in the Province.
But the strength of any community isn’t an accident.
It doesn’t just happen. There’s no magic wand.
In the case of Georgetown and so many other towns
and cities across Ontario, our community spirit has
been passed down through the generations.
This is why we’re here today. We recognize that our
generation didn’t build Georgetown. The ones that
came before us did. Many of the greatest aspects of
the town were bequeathed to us.
It our responsibility, in our time, to carry on the vision
of the First Nations, the Kennedys and the others who
first settled the area, dreaming of a better future.
It is our responsibility, in our time; to work together
to build on the legacy we’ve inherited.
And it is our responsibility, in our time, to be
responsible custodians for the next generations that
I feel very honoured to share the platform today with
my colleagues in elected public service, Mark, Rick
All three have contributed greatly to our
understanding of our history and heritage, Mark with
his outstanding local history books, Rick with his
passionate support for local heritage preservation,
and Michael with his work with the Dominion
Institute, from the very beginning of its existence.
And in closing, I want to express special thanks to the
staff and the volunteers of the Ontario Heritage Trust,
for their role in helping us remember how we got
here, to this day, in this great community, and the
trust we’ve been given by those who came before us.
Thank you very much.