Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 12, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Hamlet of Gray Centennial Celebrations

GRAY, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for the Gray Recreation Centre Co-Operative.

Funding will be used to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Hamlet of Gray, Saskatchewan, on July 30 and 31, 2011. The celebrations will feature performances by community musicians, a play by an area theatrical group, and presentations on local historical heritage.

"Our Government is pleased to support commemorative events that offer Canadians the opportunity to celebrate their local heritage and culture, and that contribute to the development of local tourism and the economy," said Minister Moore. "The centennial celebrations will give residents the chance to share and learn more about the rich history of their region."

"This centennial is a historic moment and deserves to be celebrated," said Mr. Boughen. "Congratulations to everyone who devoted time and energy to organizing these celebrations that will unite the community."

"Gray's centennial celebrations will pay homage to the pioneers who founded our town and to all the community volunteers who, throughout the years, have helped to make our town a success," said Randy Frei, President of the Gray Recreation Centre Co-Operative.

The Hamlet of Gray, located 40 kilometres from Regina, has a population of approximately 200. Gray and other towns came into existence 100 years ago after railroad surveyors pounded in stakes every seven miles along the Grand Trunk Railway line, and declared that "a town-site will be located here." The Gray Recreation Centre Co-Operative has been operating since 1960 and has been instrumental in spearheading community initiatives.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $9,600 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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Director - Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-899-8611
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations