10:30 a.m., Jan. 27)
Greater Orléans Canada Day organizers calling it a day
By Fred Sherwin
organizers of the Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration
are calling it a day after 11 years.
a press release issued on Tuesday, the board of directors
said they were discontinuing the event to pursue other
initiatives. They also noted that it had become increasingly
difficult to raise the necessary funds to put on a first
class event, and that the situation had been exacerbated
by the unpredictable weather that has plagued the event
for the past several years.
event was first organized in 2005 to fill a void left
when the Fallingbrook and Chapel Hill Canada Day celebrations
were suspended in 2003.
first Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration was
held on Petrie Island and attracted over 20,000 people.
Last year, the event was moved to the Navan fairgrounds
in an effort to keep expenses in line with shrinking revenues.
volunteer run, the celebration benefitted from the involvement
of a number of community organizations and service clubs
which were able to collectively raise over $35,000 since
the events inception.
their press release, the board of directors thanked the
hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the event
a success year after year.
also offered to provide advice to any group or individuals
who might want to organize an alternative event.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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