Cornwall named Welcome Wagon Community of the Year
As the local representative for Welcome Wagon, Tammy Head has helped celebrate the special occasions in the lives of hundreds of our community members over the past few years.Those efforts, supported by numerous businesses, organizations like the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cornwall, have been formally recognized with Welcome Wagon naming Cornwall the 2011 Community of the Year for Eastern Canada in the 35,000 – 60,000 population category.
“This is great news for Cornwall,” said Acting Mayor Bernadette Clement. “Our City has long been known as a friendly and welcoming place, and this award is further proof of that.”
To be eligible for the award, a community must have Welcome Wagon’s three basic programs in place – visits to families who move, new or expecting parents, and couples planning a wedding. Participation by the business community and civic involvement in the program is also considered a bonus.
Cornwall’s Welcome Wagon program includes visits to new families and new parents as well as new business owners and executives. On average, Ms. Head estimates Welcome Wagon conducts 45 visits per month. In addition to the visits, Welcome Wagon organizes bridal shows twice a year and a baby shower event each year, for expecting mothers. New families receive gifts, a welcome letter from the Mayor and various resources such as the City of Cornwall’s New Resident and Leisure guides, the Visitor Guide and information on medical, dental and vision care, among other things.
Meanwhile, new business owners are provided with gifts, information on programs offered by various organizations such as the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC).
Families with newborns also receive gifts, and helpful resources for newborns and families. All visits are free.
“It’s rewarding to provide these resources to our community members and let them know that there are people who can help them and answer any questions they may have,” said Tammy.
To help raise the profile of Welcome Wagon, Tammy has developed partnerships with the Local Seeker and Mix 96.1, and she has also attempted to reach newcomers through locations like grocery stores, the library, licence bureau and the Service Canada office. More than 50 businesses, organizations and service clubs contributed to Welcome Wagon’s success in 2011.
“We’re proud to say that our programs keep expanding, and we’ve had several new sponsors join us in 2012,” said Tammy.
To learn more about Welcome Wagon and becoming a sponsor or requesting a visit, or if you want to find out about joining the Welcome Wagon team as a Community Representative, please visit www.WelcomeWagon.ca or call 1-866-283-7583.