Sandie Bellows name lives on at Niagara Parks Power Station

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Published November 5, 2021 at 11:13 am

One of the final official functions the late Sandie Bellows had before she passed of cancer on October 11 was the official ribbon-cutting of the Niagara Parks Power Station.

Given her work as both a Niagara Regional Councillor and a past Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), it seemed only appropriate that she herself wield the scissors during the grand opening on July 28.

Earlier this week, the Power Station honoured her right back, naming the Niagara Park Power Station Plaza after her – the Sandie Bellows Plaza.

In this week’s ceremony, her two sons, Spencer and Colton, some family members, NPC staff, Premier Doug Ford and Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod were all in attendance.

At the opening, Bellows made it clear what her goal was for the long shut down facility. ‘To restore this power plant to its former glory and bring it back to life, and to open it up for guests to explore and enjoy for generations to come.”

“The Niagara Parks Power Station was one of Sandie’s biggest points of pride and will be remembered as a major part of her legacy,” the NPC said in a news release.

Ford later released a statement, saying, “Sandie worked very hard to make this station into the one-of-a-kind, made-in-Ontario attraction that it is today. That’s why it’s only fitting that the outdoor plaza here at the power station be renamed in her honour.”

(Photo of Sandie Bellows’ sons Spencer and Colton with NPC vice-chair April Jeffs and CEO David Adames courtesy of Niagara Parks. Photo of Bellows cutting the ribbon from Facebook)

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