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Hanover Announces Labyrinth of Distinction Inductee

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Hanover Announces Labyrinth of Distinction Inductee

Hanover – ‘I’m pleased to announce the late Lloyd Schmidt as the 2016 Inductee into the Town of Hanover’s Labyrinth of Distinction in Heritage Square’, shared Mayor Sue Paterson.  The Labyrinth is a design feature of Heritage Square, visioned to honour and perpetuate individuals whose accomplishments, contributions and dedication have been influential to the betterment of, or have bestowed honour on the Hanover community.  The Labyrinth path is a permanent reminder for present and future generations of the distinguished accomplishments and contributions of the Inductees’.  The path leading up to the Centennial Celebration Candle represents our community’s first 100 years and reflects the names recommended by Hanover’s former historical society.  Since 2006, the Labyrinth of Distinction has involved a formal nomination, selection and approval process on a biannual basis.

‘Lloyd was a well-known business leader whose family furniture business, Smitty’s, was not only known in Hanover but throughout the province with stores in Barrie, Pickering and Cambridge’, stated Mayor Paterson.  The late Lloyd Schmidt was born and raised in Hanover.  As a cofounder of the business, along with his father and brothers, the family owned Smitty’s business grew and expanded in Hanover and regionally as noted.   At the time of his death in 2008, Lloyd was the chairman of the well-known furniture business.  Through his 60 years in business, he was noted as being a ‘visionary and catalyst for growth and change, constantly searching out and developing new ideas that were used to improve and expand the business.  Hanover continues to be the base location for the business with many employees working from the Hanover store and business administration centre.

He played a key role in the creation of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce in the 1950’s.  The Chamber still exists today and continues to play an active role in promoting business and addressing the concerns of the business community of Hanover.  Mr. Schmidt realized the benefit of attracting business to our town and initiated the introduction of municipal politicians to the Heintzman brothers, who were looking for a location to build a new Heintzman Piano factory.  The factory was built in Hanover in the early 1960s.

The late Lloyd Schmidt was the building chairman of the Hanover and District Hospital and Participation Lodge.  Both facilities have been important to the economic development of Hanover and the region.  He led the community driven festival, Summerfest for a number of years as he knew that visitors were economic drivers for our town.

He was described in a 2008 news article by colleagues as ‘a visionary, a go-getter and a man of boundless energy who believed that through hard work and determination, anything and everything was possible’.

‘Lloyd’s leadership and contributions in the area of community economic development related to small business is being recognized in the Labyrinth for the knowledge of future generations’, declared Mayor Paterson.

The Labyrinth of Distinction Induction ceremony will take place on Canada Day, Friday, July 1st, at 11:00 am in Heritage Square.  ‘I encourage our residents to attend the public Induction ceremony to recognize the late Lloyd Schmidt and celebrate this special day with his family members’, said Mayor Paterson.

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Sherri Walden, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture
519.364.2310 x 123 | swalden@hanover.ca