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When Will Brewer was walking in the Halifax Pride parade with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last summer, he never expected that the next parade would mark his first event as the official town crier for the Olde Town of Halifax.
“I never thought of that,” Brewer said in an interview.
“It’s going to be awesome. Like last year I walked as town crier but not the actual like peninsula or Olde Halifax crier … This year it will be my very first official duty,” he said of the upcoming July 21 parade.
After two years of trying, Brewer, who has Down syndrome, was named the official Halifax Olde Town Crier at Sunday’s Canada Day event, filling the position that has remained vacant since Halifax’s previous town crier, Peter Cox, died in 2009.
Deputy Mayor Waye Mason threw together an impromptu ceremony when he saw Brewer was at the municipality’s annual Canada Day pancake breakfast on Sunday.
“Making it official passed without comment about a week and a half ago at council,” Mason said Monday.
“So we actually did vote on it. We didn’t tell him, so I had the framed … certificate done and the mayor and (Councillor Lindell Smith) and myself signed it, and I was going to get a hold of his mom and arrange for some kind of moment to surprise him — and then he was there at the pancake breakfast.”
“As soon as Waye said ‘Will, it’s time,’ that’s when I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s going to happen,’” Brewer said in an interview.
“And of course I was a little nervous, too. I had butterflies, I would say, because when he mentioned that he was going to do it right there on July 1 I felt really warm inside that this was going to happen.”
The appointment opens up the door for Brewer to join the Nova Scotia Guild of Town Criers, which sent a letter to Mason in May inquiring on his status as town crier.
Read more at: https://www.thestar.com/halifax/2018/07/02/halifax-town-crier-makes-history-as-first-in-canada-with-down-syndrome.html