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Welcoming motorists to Fort Garry

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Mayor Sam Katz, dignitaries and a handful of area residents braved the cold to attend the unveiling of the new “Fort Garry welcomes you” sign on Pembina Highway on Dec. 13.

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Mayor Sam Katz, dignitaries and a handful of area residents braved the cold to attend the unveiling of the new “Fort Garry welcomes you” sign on Pembina Highway on Dec. 13. Photo Store

A new sign welcoming visitors to Fort Garry was officially lit on Dec. 13. 

Work on the sign began in mid-October after private donations were secured by the Fort Garry Historical Society. It is located on the median along Pembina Highway, between Calrossie Boulevard and Byng Place.

Councillors John Orlikow (River Heights – Fort Garry), Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry), and Justin Swandel (St. Norbert) each contributed $10,000 to the sign. Mayor Sam Katz contributed $7,500.

"The Fort Garry Historical Society has done a tremendous job of preserving the history of this area," Katz said in a release. "This welcome sign is a wonderful gift to the community and celebrates Fort Garry’s importance to our city, past and present."

Erecting the sign is only one of the Historical Society’s many projects since forming in 1971 to protect the integrity and history of Fort Garry.

"We are extremely grateful for the support and contributions by the mayor and these councillors to help us showcase the entrance to an area of this city that is so rich in history and that we have been working hard to preserve since our inception," said Norm Magnusson, President of the Fort Garry Historical Society.

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