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City of Vernon pursues Patrick Nicol tribute
Efforts are underway to provide a lasting tribute to Patrick Nicol.
On Monday, Vernon council will consider creating a committee to review public suggestions on how to honour Nicol, who was a councillor for 22 years and died Jan. 15 from cancer.
“He was genuinely interested in listening to people and we can’t ignore that,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham of the personal contacts Nicol made with residents.
If the committee is formed, Cunningham will serve as chairperson and she will identify residents to participate.
“Patrick was all about community so we want to invite certain members of the community that represent the broader community,” she said.
It’s expected the committee would make a recommendation to council by May 26.
Cunningham says there are no preconceived notions as to how a permanent memorial may occur.
“Members of the community have already contacted the city with ideas on how to recognize Patrick,” she said.
Besides serving on city council, Nicol was chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan board, he initiated scholarships for 4-H students, chaired Vernon’s Canada Day festivities and was a former Vernon Winter Carnival chairperson.
He also supported organizations like the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary and Vernon Search and Rescue, and was known to many for his on-air activities at Kiss FM.