© Christopher Gooding
First aid kits, a new television and upgrades to the Springhill Miners Museum in memory of the late David Coon were delivered Monday, courtesy of the West End Reunion of 1994. Present for the donation were (clockwise from bottom, left) reunion committee member Lois Terris, museum staff Roberta McMasters, Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie, interim president for the museum Jamie Henwood, vice president Troy Henwood, mine tour guide Russell Phalen, Scott Nowak and partner Cindy Coon, and Springhill Mayor Max Snow.
SPRINGHILL – How many of you remember the West End Reunion?
The year was 1994 and existing and former Springhill residents who grew up in what is locally known as the West End descended on the town to reunite with their neighbours, school chums and family. It was a successful event, raising a small fund intended for another reunion. Someday. Maybe.
And then it was forgotten.
That is, until Jamie Henwood accepted the role of interim-president of the Springhill Miners Museum committee.
“When I was elected to the museum’s board I had a moment of déjà vu,” Henwood said. “I felt like I had done it before, and I did. With the West End reunion.”
Having his memory jogged, Henwood remembered the fund – a balance of $817 – still sitting in a bank account untouched for almost 20 years. Reaching out to past reunion committee members, a consensus was reached to use the proceeds to assist the Miners Museum while remembering the late David Coon, who was a director of the museum before passing away this month. Like Coon, Henwood has a strong ambition for health and safety, and it was decided to purchase new first aid kits for both the above-ground and below-ground venues of the museum.
“I think it was one of those things that was meant to be,” Henwood said. “West End was always a mining neighbourhood and David had a big focus on health and safety.”