Plans are moving along already in Cumberland to mark the community’s 125th anniversary.
The event is still a couple of years off, but with big plans in store, the village wants to get a jump on grant opportunities to help fund the celebration.
At the June 14 meeting, council took some steps toward setting up the committee to oversee the process. In April, they had asked staff to draft the terms of reference, which were presented at the meeting this month.
“The plan is to have a two-tiered committee, a steering committee, which will really drive the draft of an application,” corporate officer Rachel Parker told council.
There will also be a roundtable working group in addition to the steering committee. The village has until April 20, 2022 to submit an application to the Canadian Heritage Community Anniversary program for funding.
The celebration committee’s work includes coming up with a celebration plan for 2023 that will involve local artists and creators as well as celebrate local heritage, set a budget for the project and individual events, develop a plan to encourage local community engagement and volunteering, make recommendations to council and draft the funding application.
The steering committee can appoint a couple of members from council, two to four members from the arts and culture community and one youth member. The working group is to be made up of representatives from many community organizations, such as the Cumberland and District Historical Society, the Cumberland Business Association, Cumberland Community Forest Society, church groups, arts groups and other community organizations.
Mayor Leslie Baird said all of the groups agreed to provide board members for the project.
“They’re quite excited about it,” she said.
As well, Cumberland Community School, Island Health for Cumberland Lodge and K’ómoks First Nation have been invited to assign a non-voting liaison for the working group.
At the meeting, council passed a motion to accept the terms of reference report, approve a policy statement outlining the project and appoint the mayor and Coun. Sean Sullivan to the Cumberland 125th Anniversary Committee.