Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 19, 2008 12:37 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce

JASPER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament (Yellowhead), today announced funding for the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce.

This funding will support the 20th anniversary of the Jasper in January Festival, which will be held from January 10 to February 1, 2009. Planned activities include carnival evenings, live musical performances by local artists, and many demonstrations by local sculptors and painters.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy."

"It is important to encourage festivities like the Jasper in January Festival," said Minister of State Merrifield. "The 20th anniversary celebrations promote a strong sense of pride among members of our community and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to celebrating Canada's rich and diverse culture."

"Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce is delighted that the Government of Canada is supporting our 20th anniversary of Jasper in January," said Helen Kelleher-Empey, General Manager of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce. "This 14-day winter festival was created to celebrate what Jasper has to offer to all Canadians with outdoor activities, fine food, music, and wine."

The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce, a local non-profit organization established in 1957, promotes the commercial, industrial, civic and social welfare of the town of Jasper. The event will showcase artists and artisans through a variety of events and activities and will encourage the participation of the entire community.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding of $15,600 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program, announced in September 2007, 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
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations