Hudson ties for top town in Canada for Fair Trade
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
Melissa Dubé, Outreach Coordinator Fair Trade Canada, second from left, presents prestigious award to Hudson Fair Trade Town Committee members Jean Paul Vialard, Robert McKinnon, India Robbins, and Deborah Woodhead.
Hudson, which became the 21st Fair Trade Town in Canada in May of this year and with a population of only 5,000, tied for first place with Brandon, Manitoba, as Fair Trade Town of the Year at the Canadian Fair Trade Awards Ceremony in Toronto last week when over 125 passionate Fair Traders gathered for the annual event to honour stellar commitment to their initiatives nationwide.
Robert McKinnon, Hudson Fair Trade Town Steering Committee Chair, was on hand in Toronto to accept the award for the town and proudly stated it was an absolute honour to stand alongside other communities sharing in its vision.
Said McKinnon, “This trophy belongs to our community and the dedicated, spirited Fair Trade Town Committee of India Robbins, Jean Paul Vialard, Deborah Woodhead, Gwen Desjardins, Laura McCaffrey, and Mark Smith who worked so tirelessly and passionately over the past year.”
Added McKinnon, “Without the support of our Town Council, local businesses, and community service groups, we could not have accomplished any of this as a Fair Trade Town is a very inclusive concept, embracing a shop local–help–global philosophy that engages all of us collectively from students, to teachers, volunteers, and local citizens that collaborate together to help make the world a better place.”
Said McKinnon, “Our town should be very proud of this Canada–wide designation that illustrates the socially conscious nature of our citizens. When so much news tends to be negative a shining positive light has been cast on our own and its community members this past week.”