Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 28, 2009 16:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Peachland Centennial Celebrations

PEACHLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2009) - The Government of Canada is proud to support Peachland residents as they "Celebrate and Participate!"

On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), today announced funding for the 100th anniversary of the town of Peachland. This funding will help the Peachland Centennial Steering Committee coordinate the celebrations, which are taking place under the theme "Celebrate and Participate!" Planned activities include the opening of a 100-year-old time capsule, and music, film, theatre, and historical re-enactments presented by local artists, artisans, and performers.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Peachland centennial celebrations," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage."

"Celebrating a centennial is a momentous occasion for any community. This is particularly true here in Peachland, a town with such tremendous natural beauty and charm," said Minister Day. "Congratulations to the Peachland Centennial Steering Committee for promoting the history and culture of one of British Columbia's most beautiful districts."

"The Government of Canada's contribution towards supporting the centennial celebrations will help ensure maximum exposure of the cultural and historical heritage of Peachland," said Chris Scowen, Peachland Centennial Coordinator. "In celebration of the local centennial historical heritage, the Peachland Centennial Steering Committee plans to engage the entire community in activities that 'honour the past, excite the present, and embrace the future.'"

The Peachland Centennial Steering Committee is an unincorporated, ad hoc, not-for-profit committee mandated to plan, organize, and coordinate the year-long centennial celebrations.

Funding of $11,900 is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155