Park setting perfect for civic honour
Tuesday, 27th August, 2013
By Erica Visser
The late councillor Jamie Mitchell was yesterday honoured with the unveiling of a plaque bearing his name.
Mr Mitchell, who had Cerebral Palsy, was on City Council when he died on Christmas Day in 2010.
Council decided in April this year to place a commemorative plaque at the A.J. Keast Park to recognise Mr Mitchell’s contribution to the city.
The park was the recent recipient of a new disability playground and was chosen as Mr Mitchell was known for his advocacy for people with a disability.
About 60 people attended the unveiling of the plaque, which was placed on a fence surrounding a disability swing, which was also named after Mr Mitchell.
Mayor Wincen Cuy addressed the event, where a common theme was Mr Mitchell’s “passion” for everything he stood for.
“As you all know, Jamie was a passionate supporter of people with a disability,” Mayor Cuy said.
“Jamie’s passion for the South was also one of his strengths and one of his passions.”
Mayor Cuy said that he had known Mr Mitchell since his football days, when they played on opposing teams.
“Jamie was a very strong, passionate Northy and we had a few disagreements on field,” he said.
“Anything Jamie entered into, he entered into with passion and love.
“Jamie would be exceptionally proud that he was acknowledged in the community today.”
Mr Mitchell’s 21-year-old daughter Courtney said that the park was now somewhere where she and sisters Kelsie (11) and Makayla (8) would visit to remember their father.
“We know that dad was basically a hero of our town and we’re so glad that this is happening today, so thanks,” she said.
Mr Mitchell’s older brother, Robbie, told the BDT that the plaque was an honour.
“It’s just a great honour for the family. He put a lot into the town,” he said.
“I think that A.J. Keast Park would have been his ideal place for the plaque.”