Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 31, 2008 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports South Shore in Motion Festival Society

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Bridgewater will have the opportunity to take part in the Acadia Gas Engines Tribute, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the South Shore in Motion Festival Society.

Funding of $5,500 will help the South Shore in Motion Festival Society organize the Acadia Gas Engines Tribute, a community event that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia Gas Engines Limited, formerly a significant employer in the community. The event will take place from August 8 to 10, 2008, and will feature demonstrations and historical presentations.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Acadia Gas Engines Tribute," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Events like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Keddy. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"We are thrilled to be able to offer to small engines collectors the opportunity to display their engines at a show that pays tribute to Bridgewater's former manufacturer of one of the most dependable engines produced," said Charles Horstman, event organizer. "With the assistance from Canadian Heritage, we are able to provide a facility to display artefacts and a pictorial gallery depicting the history of Acadia Gas Engines for small engines enthusiasts and visitors to appreciate."

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

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations