Monthly Archives: December 2011

Not Like Any Other Sunday

This is my excerpt from the book of Tornado Stories put together by two other volunteers Cathy Cove and Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper donating all proceeds to another volunteer organization called Victims Services. Book requests can be made through and cost $20

So, right from the get-go I was having my typical sunday afternoon nap, or trying to, when the phone starts ringing off the hook. Our phone rings four times before it goes to the answering machine. I kept coming to and drifting off again but the bloody thing wouldn’t stop!!! Needless to say, I was a little sharp with the caller. Turns out it was an old girlfriend of mine telling me Goderich was hit by a cyclone again (1995) and I’d better get the truck in there to see if my business is all right and check on my friends to see if they are too.

I grab my camera and a few extra batteries to take picutes of the knocked down trees. I had no idea what had happened until I hit the road block coming in from the north side of town. A man that had been turned away was driving by us slowly telling us we had been hit by a Tornado.

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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

Amazing Grace 11/11/11

In August Goderich had a F3 Tornado! On 11/11/11 I went around the town and filmed some damage and the reconstruction. That night Pam Gerrand came to the East St Station to have a time of healing sounds!  Don’t forget to Hit the ❤ in the top right, and…

Brilliant Statement By Our Deputy Mayor

by John C. Grace on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 9:30am
Let’s grab the opportunity and walk away from the temptation of going back to where we were prior to August 21.
We need to create a new vision and a new direction and it needs to start in the core: enhancing streetscapes, landscapes, arts, culture and heritage in a big way. Think big or stay at home. Invest heavily, take chances and grow! We have all the natural attributes right here in Goderich. We have the uniqueness of the square, we have the river and the trails, the harbour, the architecture, the landscape. Above all, we have the creative innovative talented people; the entrepreneur and business owners the volunteers, those community members who can make innovation and change happen.
We are strategically a regional centre and geographically located right on Lake Huron. The seeds have already been planted for the growth of music festivals with the Celtic and Blues Festivals, and great potential in the theatre and arts community. This potential is huge. We can be and we should be the most attractable lifestyle driven community in Southwestern Ontario.
Council can lay the ground work and set the stage but cannot deliver the show. Somehow we need to get the private sector heavily involved from the beginning right through the strategic planning stage to implementation. The business community has the resources, and creativity but needs to be encouraged to take ownership. It needs Council’s support and Council’s commitment. we all need to embrace the innovative, creative entrepreneurs and to acknowledge that there are no bad ideas just some more doable than others.
Who is going to pay for all these great ideas? We need to bring everybody to the table: Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments, small and large business and the citizens of Goderich. It has been demonstrated that our governments will come to the table with significant resources, provided we have a good, solid plan.
Goderich has the upper hand on most communities. The shear beauty of our community and the assets that comprise it give us a huge advantage. But we cannot stand still. We need to change. We need to involve as many people as possible so that we can effectively work together as a united community.

Goderich Tornado Story Book Launch “Not Like Any Other Sunday”

November 29, 2011
Goderich, Ontario


The book “Not Like Any Other Sunday” will be released on Friday, December 9th at a book launch held in the historic Goderich Public Library.

“Not Like Any Other Sunday” is a compilation of more than 50 stories that came out of the F3 Tornado that ripped through the town on August 21, 2011, destroying many homes and businesses, and taking the life of one.

The book is co-edited by Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper and Cathy Cove. Elizabeth grew up in Goderich and now resides in Stratford. She is the Content Editor of a Stratford news website Cathy just celebrated twenty-five years of calling Goderich home and is a freelance writer for the Goderich Signal Star.

The two women came up with the idea to collect the stories and put them in print. It took about 2 months to compile and edit the submissions before it went to print. The book is being printed by Precision Print in Goderich and will be sold for $20 ea. All proceeds will be donated to Victim Services of Huron County. Victim Services Executive Director Shelley Dorey’s story of how she lost her home is a highlight of the book.

“One of the reasons why we picked Victim Services as a recipient of the proceeds is because Shelley lost her home in the tornado,” says Bundy-Cooper. “She became the victim at a critical time when there were so many other people who needed her help.”

Bundy-Cooper and Cove are humbled and honoured that the contributors trusted them to help tell their stories. The stories are tragic, sad, happy and hopeful. It is interesting to note that the stories in the book essentially take the same path the tornado did – beginning at the harbour and then from west to east.

The Book Launch and Signing for “Not Like Any Other Sunday” is open to the public and all contributors have been invited to attend.  It runs from 4pm – 7pm and will be held in the Reading Room of the Library. Official remarks at 5:15pm. Refreshments will be available.

Books will be for sale in Goderich at Finchers, Something Irresistible, and the Chamber of Commerce office. Mail orders will also be available via

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For more info:
Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper
519-273-2697 (home) or 519-271-0100 (cell)

Cathy Cove