Hundreds Sign Twenty Foot Banner To Send To Canadian Troops Abroad

   For the past four years, Ray Bonin, Liberal MP for the Nickel Belt Riding, has been involved in a moral-boosting initiative for Canadian troops who are in action abroad. Here he is shown with one of his staff members, Monique Audette, during an afternoon they spent at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre collecting signatures on a large 20 foot banner. The banner, which is entitled, “Thinking of You” also includes a caption that reads, “Thank you and best wishes from the People of Northern Ontario.”

   The banner, along with another 5000 cards that have been made by school children throughout the riding, will be sent to the Department of National Defense, which will then forward it to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are stationed abroad. The Nickel Belt riding stretches from Foleyet to Sturgeon Falls .

   Visitors to the mall were happy to sign the banner, and to show you what a small world it is, one of the persons who stopped by the table just so happened to be a member of the armed forces who had just completed his assignment in Afghanistan . He was proud to sign the banner and expressed his appreciation to Ray Bonin for this act of patriotism.



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