In a small ceremony at the Wawa Visitor Centre, six doors marking some of the people who helped shape our community as it was growing, were unveiled. Beginning with one appropriate considering that Wawa will be celebrating the completion of the TransCanada, and the last link in Ontario to be built; a door celebrating “Operation Michipicoten”, the hike made by Derek Baker, Paul Villeneuve, Ed Nyman and George Kimball) to prove that the road could be built. Mayor Howard Whent and Lori Johnson, Director of Tourism unveiled the doors (above), with Rod Morrison and Johanna Rowe helping with other doors.
Other doors feature, Sir James Dunn, Al Turcott (at right), Agnes Berthune, William Teddy, and Joe Ball (and his moose, of course). Painted by Heather Sinnott, and captioned by local historian Johanna Rowe, each door is a beautiful display of pivotal people in Wawa’s history.
This project is an extension of the Grandma Doors, which shared our stories with the public. These doors continue that, creating a walkway of history leading into the Wawa Visitor Centre. The doors will remain on display through the summer months, then being stored during the harsh winter months.