For a couple of years now, there have been articles in the papers about the NOTL Ambassadors program, indicating that they were started by a group at the Shaw.
I congratulate the group on their success and continued growth.
They add a welcoming touch for the tourists.
However, in fact it was a small group associated with the 1812-1814 anniversary committee that started this initiative as part of the overall commemoration of the war.
Organized by Lorraine Joyner, a group of about 20 people dressed in period costume greeted the visitors, promoted our town and its history, suggested restaurants and points of interest, posed for lots of pictures and talked about commemorative events.
Around 2014, the town council was asked if we could continue.
My understanding is that councillors were not supportive of the program.
Those of us who did participate enjoyed the experience immensely, meeting people quite literally from around the world.
There were also lots of funny stories to share. I just wanted to give credit where credit was due – to the 1812-1814 committee.