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Friends of the Conservatory announce new co-chairs

THUNDER BAY -- The Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory have replaced their outgoing chairwoman.
Friends of the Conservatory chairperson Kathleen Ott announces resignation, naming fellow members Kevin and Sharon Sidler new co-chairs. (Nicole Dixon,

THUNDER BAY -- The Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory have replaced their outgoing chairwoman.

Earlier this week chairwoman Kathleen Ott announced her resignation and named Kevin and Sharon Sidlar as the new co-chairs of the Centennial Botanical Conservatory.

“We were looking for somebody that has the same passion,” Ott said Saturday afternoon at the conservatory.

“Someone who agreed with the philosophy of the group that when we first started we wanted to be a positive force in the community.”

Ott said the Friends of the conservatory wanted to bring positive change to the community and she believes Sharon and Kevin were the perfect choice.

“I feel a lot of pride for what the group has done in the past three years,” she said.

“There’s been tremendous improvements in the facility, and we have some interesting programs starting to happen, so I feel a lot of pride going forward.”

Kevin Sidlar said the main priority for the facility is getting the upgrades and the repairs it needs.

“We are looking to get funding, so we can get everything fixed that needs to be fixed,” Kevin said.

“It’s a 50-year-old building and it needs a little work.”

Kevin added that they want to get the side wings open so they can operate in full capacity as the conservatory did 50 years ago.

Sharon said in the next upcoming weeks they will host their first executive meeting to come up with a solid plan.

There are funding applications in to get those upgrades done, but they are waiting for a decision on the funding.

Nicole Dixon

About the Author: Nicole Dixon

Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Nicole moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2008 to pursue a career in journalism. Nicole joined in 2015 as a multimedia producer, content developer and reporter.
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