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eSkoot honoured for supporting Fort George
From left, Ioannis Sourmelidis, Colin Telfer, Jennifer Elliott and Tony Chisholm with a thank-you plaque presented to eSkoot Niagara. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Friends of Fort George thanked another of their supporters on Monday morning.

Tony Chisholm, the president of Friends of Fort George, presented a plaque to Colin Telfer and Jennifer Elliott, co-owners of eSkoot Niagara, for their generous support of the non-profit organization.

eSkoot Niagara, located on Mississauga Street near Petro-Canada, provides rental scooters to tourists.

Last year, eSkoot launched a one-day fund-raiser when all revenue from their business went to Friends of Fort George. There were about 50 riders and over $1,000 was raised, said Telfer.

“It’s such a big part of our renters’ experience,” he said. “We thought if we’re going to pick somebody to share the wealth with, it would be (Friends of Fort George).”

Elliott said they were happy to receive the plaque.

“It’s not a lot that we do for them but we hope that every little bit helps,” she told The Lake Report. “All Niagara-on-the-Lake is so lucky to have Fort George here.”

“We’re proud to be associated with them,” she said.

“It’s really beneficial for us,” Chisholm added. “It’s been really satisfactory and they’re going to do it again this year, which is great.”

This year, the one-day fundraiser is on Sunday, May 26.

Parks Canada also works with eSkoot Niagara to provide historical tours around town, accompanied by a Parks Canada historian. The tours make stops at Fort Mississauga, Butler’s Barracks, the Niagara Common, Navy Hall and Fort George.

Lisa Curtis of Parks Canada approached eSkoot with the idea for guided scooter tours about three years ago, and it “worked out great,” said Telfer.

The tour is offered on Saturdays in May and September, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August.