CENTRE WELLINGTON – After four months of planning and coordinating, the Township of Centre Wellington will finally be unveiling its 'Home of' Patrick Anderson signs on Friday, May 20 at 4 p.m.
In a township press release, the township council will be joined by the three Elora Public School Grade 7 students, Lily Brown, Helena Kogen and Mya Hunt, who presented the idea to council, their teacher, Andy Speers, and Patrick Anderson will be in attendance for the official unveiling .
In February, the Elora Public School students delegated to council with a request that staff install “home of” signs to make known that Centre Wellington is the home of Paralympian Patrick Anderson.
Anderson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and was raised in Fergus. He's a three-time Paralympic champion, a four-time medalist at the Paralympic Games, and World Championships. In 2015, Patrick was inducted into the Centre Wellington Sports Hall of Fame.
His accomplishments also include the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Male Athlete of the Year for the years 2009, 2013, and 2018, and was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
In April, staff brought forward a report outlining two locations for the signs as well as a recommendation that the signs are standalone signs. Installation of the signs will be completed by Yard Weasels at no cost and the signs have been donated by Print Factor.
The unveiling will occur on Friday, May 20 at 4 p.m. at Highway 6, in front of the Freshco Parking lot. A portion of the parking lot will be roped off for parking. The official address is 875 St David St North in Fergus.