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2012-04-24 at 15:36

Mayors unite: current, former city mayors raise money for United Way

By Leith Dunick,
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Politically they may not always agree, but four Thunder Bay mayors see eye to eye on at least one thing – the importance of the United Way of Thunder Bay.

Ex-mayors Jack Masters, Ken Boshcoff and Lynn Peterson on Tuesday joined sitting Mayor Keith Hobbs at City Hall to kick off their Mayors R Us fundraising campaign centred around the United Way’s annual billboard rescue event.

Masters, the city’s fourth mayor who served from 1986 to 1991, admitted heights aren’t his favourite thing in the world, but figured he’d join with the other three mayors to help support a great cause.

“It certainly deserves the support. You have a lot of hard-working volunteers who go out and collect the money, but you have a bigger group of volunteers who deliver those services,” the 80-year-old Masters said.

“And those services are going to so many people who otherwise just be hanging out there to dry. Being even a small part of it is a privilege.”

Peterson, mayor from 2003 to 2010, said the United Way is all about supporting the people in Thunder Bay who need help the most.
Without it, many organizations would not have the funding to do what they need to do.

“It makes a difference in everybody’s life and if we, as four mayors, can get together and not only have some fun, but more importantly raise some money to assist the United Way, then that’s what we’re here for. It’ll be great,” Peterson said, adding she doesn’t have a high or low figure of how much she hopes to collect while on the scissor lift during the May 17 event.

“We know the community always comes forward. It always does. But it takes a lot of work and it takes a lot of reminders, but I think the four of us can pass along a little reminder that the community gives back.”

Boshcoff, who served two terms as mayor between 1997 and 2003 before a brief stint as a Member of Parliament, organized the event after being approached by incoming United Way campaign chairwoman Carol Busch.

A longtime supporter of the United Way, he said it’s fun bringing people together for a common cause that’s not only fun, but should show significant results.

Though the foursome come from different political stripes, Boshcoff said it was fairly easy to convince them to hop on board.
“They all agreed very quickly, so here we are,” he said, adding they’re hoping to raise as much money as possible and will be calling all of their contacts while suspended in mid-air.

Hobbs, unfortunately, will be out of the country during the event, but promised to raise as much money as possible before heading for Gifu, Japan for a sister cities visit.

“I’ll be fundraising for the United Way through this,” he said. “Getting four mayors together, as I call them, Your Worships, it’s great. It’s a great initiative and it should bring a lot of attention to the United Way.

“I’m already out pounding the streets to see what we can get.”

To support the mayors, phone Boshcoff at 473-8288 or email him at Donations can also be made at the United Way of Thunder Bay website.

Follow Leith Dunick on Twitter: @LeithDunick



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jb says:
"I will never support those who directly or indirectly attempt to limit our freedoms and treat us like children."

Are you saying that you no longer support the Conservatives?
4/24/2012 4:14:36 PM
Ring of Fire Dude says:
On a side note : All three of these former Mayors and Mayor Hobbs couldn't run this City if their paycheques depended on it .
4/24/2012 5:08:21 PM
DazeofThunder says:
"and as for these mayors, past and present... if you support these people, I cannot support you."

i would agree this statement is perhaps a little close-minded but his thoughts on corruption at all levels of business, be it NFP or otherwise is very real. To say it is all a conspiracy theory is to say all members of the Occupy movement are conspiracy theorists, which puts you in the same small minded category as you attempted to label him. And as for Edhtbon, the statement "Complaining is the lazy man's way, taking action requires a bit more effort." does not take into account that 99.9% of other people live very different lives than you. If someone has limitations on what they can do then the electronic age has been designed with them in mind. Keep your comments coming....they help reinforce beliefs, promote change, and increase our collective unconscious.
4/24/2012 5:16:03 PM
tudor says:
There is no topic too complicated or complex, no topic so tough to understand, whether it be the beginning of the universe, global warming or whether God actually exists that DELBERT GRADY is not an expert on.

Every topic in our city should go to him first so he can tell us all what should be done, who is wrong, which must be everyone else because he is always right, and what we need to do to fix it.

This egotist never discusses, he preaches and I am assuming it is a he. He must wake up every morning, look in the mirror and say, you are the greatest.

Maybe next, he can cure cancer, feed every mouth, solve our pollution problems and create a new renewable energy source.

A man of so many expert opinions should be able to knock those off in an afternoon.

Delbert you need serious serious help. Maybe once consider you don't have all of the answers on every topic.
4/24/2012 8:26:01 PM
woofwoof says:
Wow it is amazing how some people Can take a postive and turn it into such a negative..shame shame
4/24/2012 8:54:09 PM
Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo says:

I thought they were gonna shave thier heads. :(
4/25/2012 1:32:58 AM
maggiemay says:
Delbert, you may not realize that UWTbay is an autonomous organization meaing it does not necesarily fund agencies that other uways do. ALL money given to the Uway TBay Community Fund ( the money used to fund the 28 agencies)STAYS in our community. Therefore your argument against supporting it is totally unrealistic. Perhaps before you go off on someone or something you shoudl educate yourself on the facts. UWTB and its volunteers do great things to help local people including you. Take a look at the 2012 Directory of Service once it is posted - I challenge you to say that you or someone you know has NEVER been helped by one of the programs they fund.
4/26/2012 9:39:40 PM
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