Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 27, 2009 19:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of the Town of Hawkesbury

HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans), today announced funding for the Centre culturel Le Chenail for its celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Town of Hawkesbury.

Le Chenail will use this funding to present a historical and heritage commemoration from November 27 to 29, 2009. The celebrations will include activities such as musical shows, art exhibits, and historical displays.

"Our Government is proud to support the 150th anniversary of the Town of Hawkesbury," said Minister Moore. "These educational celebrations will keep the rich history of this bilingual town alive, while showcasing local artistic talent."

"We are pleased to support this historic anniversary for Hawkesbury," said Mr. Galipeau. "I would like to congratulate the community and thank everyone who has helped organize this major celebration."

"These celebrations will allow us to bring together people of all backgrounds and occupations," said Jean Jolicoeur, Co-President of the Centre culturel Le Chenail. "This will be the opportunity we've dreamed about for seniors to remind young people about how this country has grown over the past 150 years, and for young people to rise to the challenge of helping raise everyone's well-being to new heights."

Le Chenail is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote creativity and participation among its members and the entire community. It also promotes and spreads Francophone culture in all its forms. Hawkesbury, on the banks of the Ottawa River near the Quebec border, and its residents have strong ties with both official-language communities.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $34,480 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations