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Walk of Fame tries to find footing

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

After a five-year hiatus, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is looking to revitalize the city’s walk of fame with a little help from city hall.

Originally coordinated by the City of Oshawa, the Walk of Fame was started in 2005 and discontinued in 2010 when it was found to be taking too much administrative time.

Now, the Rotary Club is looking to take the reigns and once again begin recognizing those with significant ties and contributions to the city.

According to a staff report, the city would still take on the costs of the commemorative stones and their installation – approximately $800 – but Rotary would handle the nominations and associated celebrations.

At a recent meeting of the community services committee, Rotary Club president Geoff Lloyd explained the committee responsible for the nominations would be made up of a wide array of people.

“So that there’s a broad spectrum across Oshawa,” he said, including individuals from both UOIT and Durham College, The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown BIA.

It was also suggested a member of the city’s staff sit on this committee; however, councillors took issue with the recommendation.

“I’m not quite clear on exactly what that individual or individuals…what that function would be,” said Councillor Nester Pidwerbecki.

The same was said by Councillor Bob Chapman, who explained he could see a potential conflict with staff being on a nomination committee, when staff take direction from city council.

Planned to begin this fall, the city will be looking to further clarify staff’s role in the nominations before the program begins.