The annual Mayor's Levee was held Sunday at Annandale National Historic Site

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With 2017 in the books, the town of Tillsonburg can look forward to the next 12 months in improving the community.

The annual Mayor’s Levee took place Sunday afternoon at the Annandale National Historic Site and hosted by the Tillsonburg and District Historical Society. The meeting allowed locals to participate in looking at the past year, while looking forward to 2018. The site’s the home of Tillsonburg’s first Mayor, Edwin Delevan Tillson, and is the site for the annual meeting.

The event saw more than 70 people attend, as well as several Tillsonburg councillors, the CAO David Calder, Oxford County Warden and Southwest Oxford Mayor David Mayberry and other members of Tillsonburg and Oxford County government and administrative positions.

In his speech, Molnar emphasized the levee being an opportunity for the community to come together and build a better tomorrow for Tillsonburg.

“It’s an important opportunity. It’s an extension of being an open and inviting community on a daily basis… It’s a time to reflect, but also look forward to the upcoming year as a community,” he said following his speech.

“It’s a continual reinforcement the values of the community come from all the members that build our community up on a daily basis,” Molnar added. “I consider the town of Tillsonburg unique and we’ve been able to demonstrate through hard work or working together in building a respectful community… The community members are what set us up to succeed everyday.”

Molnar praised the community members who helped throughout the year with various events, including the various Canada 150 events as well as the NHL Centennial Fan Arena that visited Tillsonburg as the only non NHL city.

“It demonstrates the uniqueness of Tillsonburg. The continual celebration of Canada 150 in large events, small events, community events, third party events that showed the collective community spirit was extremely impressive.”

The winning of the branding award at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario in February was also a point of pride for the community.

“It shows we’re on good footing, but it also puts us on a mantel that we have to continue to strive to achieve,” Molnar said.

While there were several key moments to remember, among them were also the July announcement of the closure of the Siemens plant that saw more than 200 jobs immediately lost and more than 100 when the plant closes early in 2018.

Molnar said the announcement will ultimately see more than 300 people lose their jobs, but it was another show of the community coming together to support one another.

“They (Siemens) were and continue to be a valuable member of the community, but over 300 jobs were impacted by the announcement… There were challenges, but within a couple of weeks the town and business community stood up and identified over 700 jobs available,” Molnar said. “They might not all be satisfied, but I’m extremely proud Siemens chose Tillsonburg.

“It demonstrated a quality international industry adapted to the community and it invested in rather than change the community and we continue to work with them and others to provide jobs for the coming year,” he added.

Molnar said in 2018 the town will look to continue work on the Memorial Park Master Plan and continuing to invest in infrastructure in the community.

“I want to ensure through wise financial investing we’re helping our infrastructure… Our fully serviced industrial park should be entertaining the sale of land early in the New Year, which is important because there’s opportunities for people to invest in the community,” he said.

“There’s been some road blocks and we’re satisfied we’re moving ahead with the support of the province and that’s a big deal we’re ensuring we’re investing in the community and our partners in the industrial and commercial sector continue to invest in the skills required to acquire longterm sustainable industry to our community.”


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