The plaque mount is currently under construction. It will be installed on an existing concrete slab near Butler's Barracks. Parks Canada is paying for the stand.
The plaque for this September would cost about $2000. Tony is working on a design and the English text. Bill L. has a contact at the Foster Hewitt Foundation. They may be interested in covering the cost of this.
Parks Canada is planning an historical display concerning the past uses of the Fort grounds. It will be at Butlers Barracks which is the home of the museum. WJ'55 would be part of that historical display.
If the monument is within the limits of the former roadway, Parks Canada will support the placement of a bronze lectern plaque on a steel post. They would look after the design and production so that it would fit with the standards they have. A plaque would cost about $2,500. Ted noted that the cost that he had looked into was in the same order of magnitude. The steel stand would be several hundred dollars in addition. Parks Canada may consider the stand in its budget. This could be underway and accomplished in time for the Anniversary celebration.
Bill and Tony raised the question of the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board and the lack of success by both Mike Scott and Tony Roberts. Ron Dale agreed that this was a subject that fell within their guidelines. He informed them that he was acquainted with the people in charge and that he was willing to help us with the application process and he would take a personal interest in seeing that it came about.
Mike Scott had approached the province. This avenue need not be abandoned yet. The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake hosted a lunch for the Governor General, Vincent Massey who was there for the opening ceremonies of the Jamboree. There might be a possibility of making something out of that from a town or provincial point of view.
Bill Connor has spoken to Mike Scott. Mike had been out of town and was heading for Europe immediately. Bill Connor will speak with Mike Scott when he comes back and will ask him about official status of this event from the point of view of Scouts Canada.
With regard to the use of the WJ'55 symbols, the committee decided to ask Scouts Canada for permission to use these on a plaque and on a badge.
Ted will send a letter to Ron Dale confirming the following Motions:
- The Committee fully supports and will go forward with the suggestion of a lectern stand monument with bronze plaque to be placed in accordance with the site suggested by Parks Canada.
- The Committee will take part and will fully support going forward with the initiative to have an application to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board and that a formal request be sent forward as soon as practicable.
Bill Lindsay has connection through Friends of Fort George to Ron Dale, Administrator of Fort George National Historic Site. After Discussion it was decided that the committee should take the approach that we would like a monumnet on the Fort George site. The fall back position would be to go to the Town of NotL. Bill Lindsay has good relationship with Fort George's No. 2, Buddy Andres. He arranged use of the Navy Hall venue for the meeting. He is supporting and suggested the approach to Ron Dale. There will need to be an official committment or permission from Scouts Canada.
With regard to a monument, John Jupian, restoration Architecht, has been interested. He has done work for various historic sites for the Lundy's Lane Historical Society. Liam also has graphics ability and would make some draft designs. Local Artist Patricial Romance might be contacted for artistic input. Wording on a plaque should be simple and straightforward. Any plaque will have to be bilingual. Ted reported that two plaques could be made for about $1800.