10:30 a.m., April 2)
Councillor Blais announces Canada 150 initiatives in Navan
By Fred Sherwin
Village of Navan will be joining towns and villages across
Canada this spring in celebrating the country's 150th
Blais (centre) joins Wyatt McWilliams (left)
and John Bradley for Friday's announcement.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais was in Navan on Friday to meet
two prominent members of the community and announce three
separate Canada 150 events that will take place on June
17 and 18.
Bradley's Country Convenience Store owner John Bradley
is the man behind the Canada 150 Navan Street Dance which
will take place on the Navan Fairgrounds on June 17, and
Wyatt McWilliams is one of the co-organizers of the "Blood,
Sweat and Gears" parade that will take spectators
on a journey through time, showing the evolution of transportation
and farm machinery over the past 150 years.
organized the very first Navan Street Dance in 2001 to
raise money for the 2001 International Plowing Match,
while McWilliams, along with his father Willard, were
the driving force behind the World Record 50-Horse Hitch
that took place in 2011 to celebrate the community's 150th
third event planned for Navan is a bike rally being organized
by the Navan Lions Club for Friday, Aug. 18, which is
also Father's Day. Cyclists will be invited to cycle on
the Prescott multiuse pathway ending with a BBQ. There
is no charge and cyclists are encouraged to show pride
for our nation.
three events will be receiving a Canada 150 Civic Grant
from the City of Ottawa, thanks in large part to Blais'
2017 Civic Events Funding Program is a great way to ensure
that villages such as Navan are able to celebrate Canada's
150th anniversary in the same spectacular fashion that
other Ottawans will be doing on Parliament Hill,"
says Blais. "It is great to see that rural areas
are getting the support they deserve to organize an unforgettable
Canada Day this year."
about other Canada 150 events in and around Ottawa can
be found at www.ottawa2017.ca.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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