NWMO President and CEO Laurie Swami Gets a Warm Welcome in South Bruce
Christine Inglis talks to NWMO President and CEO Laurie Swami about the co-operative community atmosphere in the small hamlet of Belmore.
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) President and CEO Laurie Swami recently stopped at the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival in South Bruce to see community volunteerism at its best. The festival is run by approximately 300 community volunteers, and over 6,000 people from across Ontario attend the festival every year.
Long-time festival volunteer and Belmore Chamber of Commerce member Christine Inglis stepped away from her volunteer cooking duties to highlight the immense volunteer base that contributes to the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival’s success year after year. She also noted how much the municipality and NWMO’s support of the festival is appreciated.
“We are very thankful for the support the municipality has provided through the NWMO resource program,” says Ms. Inglis. “We operate entirely with volunteers, and the funding has helped the community with upgraded lighting in our complex.”
Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, Vice-President of Site Selection, also attended the festival and particularly enjoyed the craft show, where he picked up a custom sailboat light. The NWMO was a proud sponsor of this year’s Belmore Maple Syrup festival.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.