PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Port Moody Commemorative Society and the Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society. These two organizations will present activities that showcase local talent in celebration of the Canadian Navy Centennial in 2010.
"These celebrations will provide the residents of Port Moody with access to a variety of cultural and artistic experiences, while strengthening community ties," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support organizations which contribute so much to the community."
"The Port Moody Commemorative Society would like to thank the Government of Canada for supporting our endeavour to honour the 2010 Naval Centennial," said Jim Bodo, President of the Port Moody Commemorative Society. "This funding will allow our society to provide family-oriented and community events that highlight this historic occasion."
The Port Moody Commemorative Society is a local not-for-profit organization that is coordinating commemorative events to celebrate the Canadian Naval Centennial. The celebration of this historical anniversary will get the community involved in activities to mark this historic milestone, including music and dance performances that showcase local artists and tours of navy vessels in Burrard Inlet at the Pacific Coast Terminal port. The casting of a Navy Centennial Bell will also be unveiled as a community legacy.
The Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society is hosting the 34th annual Port Moody Golden Spike Days Festival, from July 1 to 4, 2010. Festival activities include professional and amateur dancers and musicians, Aboriginal artists and artisans, and gold panning. As a special commemorative activity, there will also be a performance by local naval musicians in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $13,800 to the Port Moody Commemorative Society and $54,900 to the Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.