Travel Centre photo frame honours memory of Harvey Friesen, Marnie Hoey
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
A large, wooden photo frame, which overlooks the waters of Pelican Lake, was unveiled on June 6 at the Sioux Lookout Travel Information Centre.
The special photo frame has been dedicated to the late Harvey Friesen and Marnie Hoey, both of whom were businesses leaders and noted philanthropists in the community.
In unveiling the dedication to members of the Friesen and Hoey families, Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce representative Dori Hopko stated, “The idea was to put something back in the community and have a really neat space for people to sit and take pictures. I’d really like to dedicate this to Harvey Friesen and Marnie Hoey, so this is our way of honouring them publicly, to recognize their dedication and contribution to our community. I want to thank the families for being here, Sam’s Fabrication for donating his time and art, and Matt Culham’s woodworking class (from Queen Elizabeth District High School) for building the frame. So, in their honour, I had a plaque made dedicated to our community visionaries Harvey Friesen and Marnie Hoey. This is just a way of saying thank you to two amazing people who, in my mind, had a vision of our community, so thank you to the families.”
Hopko mentioned the project was inspired by a similar frame she saw while on vacation.
“This has been in the works for probably two years. I had visited Nanaimo and at their harbourfront they had this big, beautiful picture frame. The idea was to create a space or place people could be proud of, sit, look, and have a nice view of this wonderful community that we live in,” said Hopko.
Christine Hoey shared that her late mother Marnie and Harvey Friesen had both been Chamber of Commerce board members for more than 40 years.
Marnie Hoey, her daughter Christine shared, was also one of the founders of the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival. Both Hoey and Friesen had been members of the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout.
“They left their mark on the community. They’re sorely missed,” Hoey said.
She commented of the dedication to her late mother and Harvey Friesen, “I think it’s really important. I think it’s important for the people that are new to Sioux Lookout so that they’ll question and wonder who they are. The people that are from Sioux Lookout, that have worked with them and that have volunteered with them will appreciate the fact that it’s been dedicated to them.”