(PQB News file photo)

(PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach installs memorial benches to honour ‘Freeman of the Town’ recipients

Honorees choose area where they wanted benches to be

Qualicum Beach Freemen are being honoured with memorial benches.

Council has directed staff to permanently install the benches with dedication in “recognition and appreciation of their fine qualities of mind and personality, and their commitment and dedication to the Town of Qualicum Beach.”

The title ‘Freeman of the Town’ is bestowed on residents of note who have contributed significant service to the community. Over the years council conferred the status to six people: Margaret Little in 1998; James Robert Storey in 2006; and Anne Maria Klees, Leo Klees, John E Collins, and Arthur Norman Skipsey, all in 2011.

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Staff contacted each person and/or their families to discuss areas in town they would appreciate having a park bench located. Locations chosen:

• Leo and Anne Maria Klees – Fern Road across from The Old School House.

• John E Collins – Judges Row.

• Elizabeth Little – Saahtlam Park (formerly known as St. Andrews Waterfront Park).

• Arthur Norman Skipsey – Civic Centre.

• James Robert Storey – Qualicum Beach Train Station.

The benches will be regularly maintained by town staff, at no cost to the recipient, and stand as a reminder of the exceptional service of these honoured citizens.

Pictures and details are located in town hall foyer next to the council chambers for viewing.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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