Money to celebrate Canada

Kelowna MP announces $29,000 Celebrate Canada 2017 grant.

Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr. —Image credit: Capital News file

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr has announced $29,900 for the Rotary Club of Lake Country, the Festivals And Special Events Development Society Of Kelowna and the Centre Culturel Francophone De L’okanagan for events taking place during the Celebrate Canada 2017 celebrations over the next 10 days.

Fuhr, who made the announcement Thursday on behalf of Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, publicly thanked local organizations and volunteers who he said have worked hard throughout the year planning Canada 150 celebrations so that they are a truly memorable experience.

“Canada 150 presents a unique opportunity to bring communities together to celebrate what it means to be Canadian,” said Joly.

“Events will be taking place from coast to coast to coast, culminating in Canada Day. Bring friends and family to take part in the festivities during this exceptional year.”

Taking place between June 21 and July 1, the Celebrate Canada program will feature festivities across the country, including here in the Central Okanagan, to mark Wednesday’s National Aboriginal Day, as well as the upcoming Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day: Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie Canadienne, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.

The federal government has funded more than 1,500 projects and activities throughout the country under the Celebrate Canada program, allowing communities to be front and centre for the Canada 150 celebrations.

This period will provide an opportunity to highlight the unique, diverse and dynamic nature of the communities that shape our country’s identity, said Fuhr.

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