The Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron is paying tribute to Mayor John Grace today.

“John Grace has left an indelible mark on the Town of Goderich. He loved this town, this community where he grew up. He worked tirelessly to make it a better place,” said Jennifer Verdam-Woodward, who is the chair of the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron.

“He was a great friend of the business community,” she said.

John Grace partnered with the Chamber to present the Mayor’s Luncheon, an annual update of the town’s activities. During the pandemic, the event was held as a weekly series, with guests from all facets of social and business development invited to join him in the studio. The series reached about 1,000 viewers weekly. This spring, the Chamber returned to an in-person event, with a sold-out event at Beach Street Station.

John Grace also sponsored the Young Entrepreneur Award in the Chamber’s Spirit of Success Awards for the first time in 2021. Ethan Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Decks and Fences, was the first award winner.

During the pandemic, John Grace offered the Town as a partner in the Chamber’s rapid antigen screening distribution program. The Town sanitized the distribution workspace at The Livery on a nightly basis.

“On behalf of the Chamber, I extend my sincere condolences to his wife, Wendy, and their family,” Verdam-Woodward said.

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