Honouring Sarnia’s space hero; councilor wants better signs at Hadfield Airport

The “little itty bitty” sign at the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport doesn’t reflect the pride people have in the now internationally famous astronaut according to Sarnia City/County Councilor Anne Marie Gillis.

Sarnia City/County Councilor Anne Marie Gillis says the city should improve the signage at the local airport to better reflect the contribution of Astronaut Chris Hadfield. The colonel (seen here in 2-D form) is currently commanding the International Space Station and often mentions his hometown of Sarnia on daily tweets and interviews.

Sarnia City/County Councilor Anne Marie Gillis says the city should improve the signage at the local airport to better reflect the contribution of Astronaut Chris Hadfield. The colonel (seen here in 2-D form) is currently commanding the International Space Station and often mentions his hometown of Sarnia on daily tweets and interviews.

Col. Chris Hadfield is now circling the globe commanding the International Space Station. He’s the first Canadian to do that. Hadfield often mentions his hometown of Sarnia in interviews and tweets and has been taking pictures of the landscape he has called home and sending them around the world.

“Right now we have that little sign with a little arrow,” says Gillis. “Is that the best we can do for Sarnia’s native son who has given so much to the city?”

Gillis has asked staff to take a look at what could be done, including investigating a sign similar to the Sarnia sign at the entrance to the city on the 402. She also wants a rededication of the airport when Hadfield returns to earth.

While Sarnia Councilor Mike Kelch likes the idea of rededicating the airport with improved signage, he wants to make sure it’s reasonable. “I would caution you that the Sarnia sign came in shy of a quarter of a million dollars,” he says.

Gillis says the city could work with the Ministry of Transportation and solicit donations for the project. “Given what he’s done for us, it is a small price to pay,” says Gillis. “That little itty bitty sign out there just doesn’t do him justice.”

– Heather Wright

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