Region’s New Year’s baby born in Fort Frances


The Town of Fort Frances has welcomed Northwestern Ontario’s first baby of 2014.
Born on Wednesday at 8:37 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital, Jasper Isla Dennis weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces
Proud parents are Tyson and Robyn Dennis, and Blase is Jasper’s big brother.
Gifts for the local New Year’s baby have been provided by Canada Safeway, Fort Floral, Pharmasave and Shoppers Drug Mart.
The region’s second New Year’s baby was born at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre at 11:56 a.m. She was christened Navaeh Ellienna Victoria Mamakwa.
For young father Loyal MacKay, parenting is going to be a new experience.
“It feels pretty good,” Mackay said Thursday, adding that he has never held a baby.
“I’m kind of nervous.”
The baby girl weighed seven pounds and three ounces.
Mother Siobhan, 16, had a tough go during the birth, but is resting comfortably at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre.
The young woman from Fort Hope, who arrived by plane on Dec. 6 to be close to the hospital, said she is excited about being a mom.
Navaeh becomes an honorary member of the hospital’s First Marks Club, and will have an inscribed footprint added to the Celebration of Life Wall in the hospital’s maternal child unit.
The wall and First Marks Club were created in recognition of the late Dr. Shirley Inouye, the first female physician to practice in Thunder Bay. Inouye, who died on July 22, 2001, delivered more than 3,000 babies during her 30-year career.