UXBRIDGE: The process to plan Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration in Uxbridge is continuing to move forward.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1st, another public meeting was held in Council chambers. Approximately 20 people showed up from organizations such as; the Optimists Club, the Uxbridge Lions club, the Pineridge Chorus, the BIA and the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association, to have their say.
“We want to make this a great celebration, something everyone in Uxbridge knows about,” Ward 3 Councillor, Dave Barton told those in attendance.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger spoke as well about his vision for a Canada Day parade. He said the parade would be run in multiple sections, with each part representing a time period. The first part of the parade would be years 1867 to 1900, and then the parade would run in 20-year increments until it gets to 2017. Councillor Ballinger said the parade will be “the biggest one they've ever seen in Uxbridge.”
“It’s going to take eight service clubs in Uxbridge to run this,” he added.
Some of the talk at the meeting also centred on how to involve the local youth in the celebrations.
Councillor Barton likened the preferred approach to youth involvement, to the way the Sunderland Music Festival is run. “They do youth and get the kids involved in a huge way for that festival,” he told The Standard. “So I was looking to that festival as something to look at as we go forward with this, to get as many kids performing as possible, to get them into the park and then enjoying everything we are planning.”
One of the ideas floated was to possibly have some of the kids walking in the parade, dressing in time period specific attire.
Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach recommended that the local dance clubs and the Air Force Mavericks cheerleading club be approached about possibly performing in the park.
“It would be amazing to have a tent or an area in Elgin Park on Canada Day, where they could be doing demonstrations,” she said.
Local resident Gail Sanderson also recommended youth; such as Josh Morrison, of the Pennies4Homes campaign, Shooting 4 Food organizer Hayden Prince, and Adrian Giacca, be approached about being involved.
Some of the other ideas floated included an outdoor church service, as well as a large slip and slide in Elgin Park.
Councillor Barton also updated those in attendance about the cost of the event. He said normal Canada Day festivities cost about $15,000 to run.
But, with it being the 150th anniversary of the country, the Township has doubled that cost to $30,000. How much the Township will contribute is not yet known, as Councillors will make that decision during the budget process.
“I will be fighting to get funding for this event in budget, and the great thing is, we have three votes on this [Canada Day] committee right now, as Councillor Ballinger, Pam Beach and myself are all on Council.”
Councillor Barton said the Township will not charge admission for the event.
However, they are looking at options, such as taking donations at the gate or having corporate sponsors. The volunteers will now start contacting all service groups in the Township, to encourage their participation in the celebrations.
Councillor Barton said for Canada’s anniversary to be a success, they need more volunteers. He added, they hope to solidify what everyone is going to be doing for next year’s celebration at the next meeting.
That meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, at 7 p.m., in Council chambers.