Community takes “making spirits bright” to heart to light street for family

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This news item was posted on 12/13/2019 11:45:00 AM and is an archived post

A well-intentioned son-in-law reached out to the mayor’s office a few weeks ago to tell the story of his family.  Sadly, a traffic accident left his mother-in-law a widow this year.  For the first year,  Mrs. Wenda Morris was left to the task of lighting the family home and preparing for Christmas.  Their home was the first one built on their street, and subsequently, the first to be decorated and lit for the holidays.  Over the years, as in many neighbourhoods, others followed suit and all the homes on the street were lit up, showing community pride and holiday spirit.  This year, for Mrs. Morris, she knew in spite of the tragic loss of her husband she had to keep the tradition.  However, with a diagnosis of cancer later in the year, her current treatment schedule has made this a challenge.  While the family was able to help Mrs. Morris with her own lights at her house, they also reached out to the community to help brighten the spirits and the houses on the crescent.  The result—not only a fully lit cul de sac with the neighbours participating, but a light installation donated by generous community members who heard the story and came together to help.  OPG Winter Festival of Lights’ Executive Director Tina Myers stepped up and rallied gifts of lights and in-kind services to install a beautiful display in the middle of the crescent.  Lighting up this family’s holiday season came with support of the following sponsors who stepped in to help: 

  • Wire One Electric Inc.
  • Weinmann Ltd.
  • Canadian Tire Niagara Falls
  • Graybar Canada
  • Endura Construction Ltd.
  • Home Depot Niagara Falls
  • Nisus Construction Ltd.
  • Tela Designs
  • Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights

Barto Crescent’s donated light display will be installed by volunteers and in-kind sponsors on Friday, December 13th at 8:30AM. 

“The OPG Winter Festival of Lights takes great pride in the community with our sparkele lighting program and when the City came to us to help illuminate the crescent, we wanted to help and pay it forward this holiday season!”

- Tina Myers, Executive Director, Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights

“Sometimes the smallest acts mean the most.  It’s a small act, but it shows we are a community full of people who care and are lifting one another up.  This is what living in Niagara Falls is all about.” 

- Mayor Jim Diodati, City of Niagara Falls

Free, festive light displays are available for all to enjoy throughout the community, courtesy of the Winter Festival of Lights.  Drive the Niagara Parkway for the full, interactive experience or for more information on displays and events, visit

For more information, or to speak with Mayor Diodati contact:
Carey Campbell
Manager, Office of the Mayor and CAO
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905 356 7521 ext. 4206
Email: [email protected]

Posted on: 12/13/2019 11:45 AM - Category: Media Releases