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Canada 150 Grants Announced

June 01, 2017

Community Foundation celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial through Canada 150 Grants

Event celebrated six successful projects from the final round of funding offered

Lethbridge, AB (June 1, 2017) – Canada 150 celebrations began today as the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awarded $39,000 in Canada 150 Grants to six community organizations from across the region. The focus of these grants is to encourage participation in Canada 150 activities and events, to inspire a deeper understanding of the people, places, and events that shape our country, and to build vibrant and healthy communities for all.

The event included greetings on behalf of Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, Rachael Harder, and some fun facts about local history.

“The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is an important moment in our country’s history and its future,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “It’s an opportunity to build new connections and celebrate together as one nation. Canada is home to an increasingly diverse population, but if we weave together the thousands of local stories a new narrative of our country emerges. This narrative gives us a greater appreciation for our shared past, allowing us to move forward together and dream big about our community, our country, and our future.”

The six successful organizations receiving funding for their Canada 150 project are:

  • Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society
    • The “Experience the Friendship Canada 150” community celebration event will showcase Japanese culture in southwestern Alberta, through sport, dance and music at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
  • Village of Champion
    • The Village will be hosting a special Canada Day celebration incorporating Champion’s place in Canada’s history into the events of the day.
  • City of Lethbridge
    • The “Pavilion Project” will be organized by the City and incorporated into Whoop-Up Days 2017. The Pavilion will showcase the history of many non-profits and community groups in southwestern Alberta.
  • Town of Coalhurst
    • The town will host their first “Neighbour Day” celebration with a Canada 150 theme, focusing on how many different communities came together to build Canada.
  • Lethbridge College
    • To celebrate Canada 150, the Lethbridge College will be creating a new display in “Founder’s Square” honouring traditional Blackfoot art and artifacts.
  • Friends Society of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum & Archives

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