Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 25, 2008 16:41 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Lockport Children's Winter Festival

LOCKPORT, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake) today announced funding for the Lockport Children's Winter Festival.

The funding of $4,380 will help support this annual festival, a community event that will engage the public and showcase local artists.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding to the Lockport Children's Winter Festival, one of the first festivals to receive funding under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner.

"Our Government is committed to building strong, united communities," said Mr. Bezan. "Events such as this encourage people to come together in celebration, and enrich the vitality of the community."

"The assistance of Canadian Heritage is greatly appreciated. It provides us the opportunity to continue putting smiles on the faces of children and bring the community together," said Lonny Schellenberg, Vice-Chairman of the Lockport Children's Winter Festival.

The 20th edition of The Lockport Children's Winter Festival runs from January 26 to 27, 2008. The Festival showcases local children's entertainers and also features activities such as outdoor rides, tube slides, face painting, a petting zoo, and pony rides. This year's programming includes local artist Brian Cox, "the Incredible String Man," and local Francophone children's singer Jake Chenier. The Festival is planned and presented by more than 200 volunteers.

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities, and to providing opportunities for all Canadians to engage in their communities and in the celebration of Canadian arts and heritage.

This release can also be found on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region