by Edith Cody-Rice

On Wednesday, August 16, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Almonte during a short swing through the Ottawa Valley. Her first stop was award winning Hummingbird Chocolate Maker where she learned the ins and out of making delicious chocolate. Hummingbird owners Drew and Erica Gilmour and their staff guided her through the process. 

Premier Wynn learns to make chocolate with MM Councillor Amanda Pulker-Mok lookiing on.
Premier Wynne admired the innovative home made bean separator at Hummingbird Chocolate Maker.
Mmm. That’s good!!
Chocolate nearly ready. Staff of Hummingbird Chocolate Maker help Premier Wynn form the prize winning bars.

Premier Wynn then stopped by the Almonte Old Town Hall where she met Mayor Shaun McLaughlin and Councillor Jane Torrance and viewed the beautiful Ron Caron Auditorium which  is known for its superb acoustics.

Premier Wynn visits the Ron Caron Auditorium with Mayor Shaun McLaughlin and Councillors Amanda Pulker-Mok (hidden) and Jane Torrance

Premier Wynn strolled down Mill Street  and visited General Fine Craft, Mill Street Books and Sivarulrasa Gallery before taking the Riverwalk to lunch at the Barley Mow.

Left to Right: Councillor Jane Torrance, Mayor Shaun McLaughlin (in background), Premier Kathleen Wynn and Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Executive Director/Curator Michael Rikley -Lancaster

And she couldn’t pass up the opportunity of being photographed with Mississippi Mills’ famous son James Naismith.

Premier Wynn poses with James Naismith, Mayor Shaun McLaughlin and Councillors Torrance and Pulker-Mok

Photos courtesy of the Ontario Government