Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 08, 2008 11:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Glengarry Highland Games

MAXVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Maxville will have an opportunity to take part in the Glengarry Highland Games, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Mr. Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Glengarry Highland Games.

The organizers of the Glengarry Highland Games will receive funding of $20,000 to help with the planning and execution of the 61st Glengarry Highland Games that will take place from August 1 to 2 in Maxville. Residents of the region and visitors to the area will have the opportunity to participate in an array of activities including Scottish music and dance performances, sporting events, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Glengarry Highland Games," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to experience and celebrate Canadian heritage and culture."

"For over 60 years, these games have presented a wonderful opportunity to bring together the residents of the region to foster community pride and celebrate local history, and heritage," said Mr. Lemieux. "The Government of Canada is proud to support these games which are an important tradition for this community."

"Glengarry County is home to some of the finest Celtic entertainers in North America and beyond," said Dona Cruickshank, President of the Glengarry Highland Games Committee. "We are most indebted to Canadian Heritage for ensuring that the Glengarry Highland Games is able to provide a showcase for these fiddlers, dancers, and singers right here at home. The generosity of Canadian Heritage will be much appreciated by the thousands who will view the performances by this amazing local talent."

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada.

This release can also be found on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications
    Ontario Region
    416-954-6615