February 15, 2009
Volunteers working at Congress were saddened by news of the death of show volunteer Vanessa Howarth-Palmer in a Jan. 7 traffic accident.

According to news reports, the crash took place near St. Thomas on Belmont Road, just north of Wilson Line, around 7:20 p.m. St. Thomas Times-Journal reported the OPP said Howarth’s vehicle “encountered an icy section and began fishtailing and crossed into the northbound lane. It was broadsided by a pickup truck on the passenger side and left the roadway, rolling into the east ditch and landing on its roof. Weather conditions had produced poor driving conditions.”

Vanessa owned and operated Bee Creative Designs over 15 years. She was attending Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. She served as a Congress volunteer at Green Forum and at the Communities in Bloom and LO booths. Her funeral took place on Jan. 12 in St. Thomas.