Tribute for Nicol open to ideas

Committee formed to review public suggestions on how to honour Patrick Nicol

All ideas will be considered as Vernon attempts to pay tribute to a long-time community advocate.

Vernon council  has formed a committee to review public suggestions on how to honour Nicol, who was a councillor for 22 years and died Jan. 15 from cancer.

“It will have more meaning if the community gives input,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

Cunningham will serve as chairperson and ask specific individuals to sit as members and review any suggestions.

A method will be determined to get feedback from the public, but some residents have already had their say.

“One suggestion is the band shell in Polson Park or naming a street,” said Cunningham.

Nicol’s former council colleagues are also considering how he should be honoured.

“I’d like to see something in Polson Park because that’s where his Canada Day activities took place,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.

Nicol was chairperson of Vernon’s Canada Day festivities for decades and was active in other organizations, as well as chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan.

It’s expected the committee will make a recommendation to council by May 26.