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Park Dedicated to Life and Legacy of Henry Thomas Shepherd MBE

HALTON HILLS, ON – The life and legacy of former resident Henry Thomas Shepherd MBE is being honored by the Town through the official dedication of the Henry Thomas Shepherd MBE Park, located at 45 Dayfoot Drive, in Georgetown. This outdoor public space will serve as a place to gather and celebrate this important part of the Town’s cultural heritage.

Henry Thomas Shepherd was a veteran of both WWI and WWII, the first Black Chief of the Georgetown Fire Department, and a well-respected member of our town. His legacy remains strong among the residents of Halton Hills and the surrounding communities.

“We had 2000 page views and almost 400 comments from residents when we engaged the public on dedicating a neighbourhood park in memory of Henry Thomas Shepherd. This demonstrates the important role he played in the history of Georgetown,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “His accomplishments will continue to inspire for generations to come and for those who have not seen it, take a look at the online exhibition that the Library put on last February for Black History Month.”

On June 3, 2019, Council approved the renaming of Dayfoot Drive Park to Henry Thomas Shepherd MBE Park in principle. On September 3, 2019, after strong local support, Council officially approved the name change.

The inclusion of the initials ‘MBE’ signifying ‘Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ is an important element of the park renaming, given the significance of the designation.

Residents are encouraged to drop by and enjoy the park, where a bench and in


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