With the provincial push for municipal amalgamations in the late 1990s, the town of Strathroy turned to its neighbour, Caradoc Township. The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc was created in 2001, joining the Corporation of the Town of Strathroy and its approximately 12,000 residents (Ward I) with the Township of Caradoc and its 7,000 residents (Ward II).
The first Council of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc in 2001 was composed of John Brennan, Doreen Gysbers, Peter Aarts, Shirley Cleve, Brad Richards, Jim Pardy, Steve Dausett, Mayor Mel Veale, and Steve Pelkman.
This merger formalized a unique relationship that had already existed between the rural community and its commercial centre – one that has fostered our development as an amalgamated community and inspired the slogan of ‘urban opportunity’ and ‘rural hospitality’ for Strathroy-Caradoc. Along with the slogan was the design of a new logo. Both communities had previous crests and the design of the new logo was a step away from these crests. The design that was chosen would be used on letterhead, pins, business cards and other decals including the new flag. It had two swooshes in red and green around the words Strathroy-Caradoc. The use of a swoosh is very popular and can be found in a number of different company logos.
As you may know, this is not the current logo for the Municipality. The first design lasted for about 5 years when a new design with a more historic meaning was chosen and is now our present logo.