Wide support made conference one of best ever

Published on July 16, 2014

To the editor,
On behalf of the MFCA 100th Anniversary Host Committee we would like to thank our citizens, the business sector, all levels of government, corporate and private organizations of Pictou County for making the Maritime Fire Chiefs' Association 100th Anniversary conference and trade show from July 6-9 one of the best ever held in Atlantic Canada.

To the many volunteers, seen and unseen, we can’t thank you enough. Over 500 delegates/partners/children/ vendors and key note speakers attended from across North America. They constantly spoke of the hospitality, friendliness and acceptance of the people of Pictou County during the four-day conference.

To quote one of the keynote speakers from the U.S., “Pictou County rolled out the welcome mat and showed us what a beautiful place and facilities you have here to run such top-notch conferences. We definitely will return again. Wow, What a show!”

To our ladies who organized programs for the partners and children of delegates, what can we say other than job well done. You have made us all proud! To DEANS, in particular Cindy MacKinnon and Kara Allen, you were there with us from the start and we appreciated all you have done on our behalf. 

We would also like to say a big thank you to the following people or groups who have helped make this conference a success:

New Glasgow Regional Police Ventures under the direction of NGRP officer Ken MacDonald. 

The catering staff from Summer Street Industries; River John Fire Department; Decoste Centre and Al Gunn; Parts for Trucks; Antigonish Rent All; Louis Cosy Corner Catering; Global Convention Services; Chignecto School Board; Highland Ford, Herron Chev/Olds, Central Nova Motors and Atlantic Motors; Tru North Communications; RCMP H Division Pipes & Drums; Vintage fire truck owners; Pictou Advocate; First Nations community; John Muirhead; Scott Boyd; Bruce Rogers of Final Touch Party Rentals; Gordon Jones of Pridham’s Studios; Garfield Hendrickson and tech Brian of 20/20 productions; Chris McInnis of Mac I Design; Betty Mae Madden; Fred Wade and his staff of Fireworks FX; YMCA.

This was the first Convention and Trade Show hosted by the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  Mike Adam and the incredible staff at the Wellness Centre exceeded our high expectations in every aspect. Two expressions come to mind:  “excellence” and “customer service” and we appreciated this very much. 

And finally words cannot fully express how proud we are of our Pictou County Fire Fighter's Association and all its members for the excellent efforts turned in by everyone. We are so equally proud of the residents of Pictou County for the welcome you gave over 500 visitors from all over North America. They certainly left Nova Scotia with new friendships and happy memories of their visit with us. Thank you everyone.

Chairperson Gary MacLaughlin

On behalf of the entire 100th MFCA Host Committee