Memorial committee focused on community

Patrick Nicol served on Vernon council for 22 years and was known for being active in the community.
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VERNON - Plans to commemorate a well-loved Vernon councillor are taking shape.

Vernon council has created a committee to collect input from the community and come up with a way to memorialize Coun. Patrick Nicol, who passed away Jan. 15 at the age of 64 following a long battle with cancer.

His funeral service was attended by some 1,000 people.

Longtime colleague and friend Coun. Juliette Cunningham will chair the committee.

“I’ll try to get a cross section of the community to join with me (on the committee) to sort through some of the ideas and also figure out a process to get more input from the community,” Cunningham says. “We feel that’s important, because of his connections and because of how important community was for him.”

There’s been no shortage of suggestions—everything from naming a street or park after him to installing a plaque in Polson Park, where Nicol was found every Canada Day hosting the celebration.

Cunningham says the committee will be looking at ways to gather community input in the coming weeks, and will bring a recommendation to council no later than May 26.

“We don’t want it to just be a council thing. We thought it would be more meaningful if the community got involved,” Cunningham says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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