Federal bucks for centennial celebrations

The federal government has provided funding of $93,800 to support the City of Courtenay’s centennial celebrations that will occur throughout the year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.

Activities will include a theatrical performance, an arts and heritage festival, music and dance performances, heritage displays and presentations, and a celebration of aboriginal arts and culture.

“These activities will pay tribute to Courtenay’s very foundation and its strong legacy of community service,” Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan announced last Wednesday at Simms Park. “Centennial celebrations are significant because they help us reflect on our past as we chart our course for the future.”

“One hundred years — it is indeed a milestone,” added federal Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson, who met with numerous businesses last week while touring the Comox Valley. “Our government recognizes the importance of our heritage and culture. This is especially true of Canada’s arts and culture sectors. We know that they contribute almost $500 billion every year to our economy, and they help employ over 630,000 people.”

Mayor Larry Jangula gave his “sincere appreciation to the federal government” for providing funds that will enable a celebration worthy of the city.

“Our centennial activities will reflect the vibrant, cultural character of our community, which we value as an essential part of our city,” he said.

The city will receive $37,000 in 2014–2015 and $56,800 in 2015–2016.

“We will make sure that every penny is spent,” said Bob McQuillan, a centennial committee volunteer.

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