Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 30, 2009 20:30 ET

Minister of State Lunn Joins Canadians for the First Community Celebration Along the Torch Relay Route

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - The Legislative Assembly in Victoria is the site where the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) is joining Canadians for the first community celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay route.

"It's an honour to participate in such a grand event," said Minister of State Lunn. "Today we are celebrating the first community celebration of a 106-day extraordinary adventure that will fuel the pride of all Canadians along the route of the Olympic Torch Relay for the 2010 Winter Games."

The Olympic Flame will be carried through 1036 communities and places of interest over 106 days. The Government of Canada has invested $22.5 million to ensure that communities all across the country will experience the 2010 Winter Games spirit through the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays. This investment will make it possible to bring all Canadians together to celebrate Canada's rich artistic talent, Aboriginal traditions, official languages, and ethnic diversity.

A local choir will perform the official celebration communities' song composed by Gregory Charles. Canadians will thus have the opportunity for an unforgettable cultural experience while also participating in the 2010 Winter Games in their region.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to present a commemorative plaque to the City of Victoria, symbolizing the Olympic Flame's passage through this community," Minister of State Lunn added. Each of the 189 relay celebration communities will receive a commemorative plaque from the Government of Canada to mark the longest relay ever run within a host country. This lasting legacy will remind us of the Olympic Torch's passage long after it has been extinguished.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable
    Gary Lunn, P.C., M. P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations