Cornwall - May. 23, 2011 - I've never visited Vancouver and I don't know anyone who lives there, but I suddenly feel a strong connection to the city.
Like many other Canadians, I am now riding on the Canucks' bandwagon as the team pursues its first-ever Stanley Cup.
As a Maple Leafs fan (insert joke here), I've become accustomed to rooting for another team at this time of the year. And if there's a Canadian team in the running, they usually get my vote of support for the simple reason that I'd like to see Stanley return home.
After Sunday's win, the Canucks are looking like a pretty strong bet to make the NHL Finals, and I like their chances against either Boston or Tampa Bay.
Truth is, there's a lot to like about the Canucks besides the Canada factor. I like the seemingly endless drama surrounding Luongo, the gritty play of guys like Raffi Torres and Maxim Lapierre and the roaming style of Kevin Bieksa.
And, of course, there's the “Green Men” who ridicule opposing players from their spots next to the penalty box.
With any luck, we'll be watching a Stanley Cup parade on Canadian soil a couple weeks from now, and it will be a welcome sight for this hockey fan.
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This week, I am starting in a new position as Public Information Coordinator with the City of Cornwall.
In this capacity, I will be helping to deliver information on city programs and services to the public. My responsibilities will include managing the information on the city's website, organizing corporate advertising and supporting various city departments in their communications efforts.
The job represents an exciting opportunity for me, and I am looking forward to getting started.
However, given the nature of the position, I will be stepping away from OurHometown.ca, with this column representing my final entry.
In four short months, OurHometown.ca has already surpassed my original expectations, and I would like to wish the rest of the OurHometown.ca team continued success with the website in the future.
I'd also like to thank everyone who took the time to read this column over the past few months. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.