Sharing ideas about how this vibrant Ontario community can join with other communities across Canada in marking the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald in 2015.
Members of Orillia’s “Big Mac” Committee with members of Kingston’s Bicentennial Commission. From left to right: Andy Monk, Shiela Mullaly, Brian Mullaly, Wally Bremner, Christine Boucher, Gail Madell, Arthur Milnes
“I could not have been happier with the Town Hall meeting,” said Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission. “With almost 50 participants, the discussion was more than a success.We shared ideas, learned together about similar discussions and planning underway in Prince Edward Island, Ottawa, British Columbia, Toronto and all places far and wide. Most of all, we’re energized by the enthusiasm for the Macdonald Bicentennial planning.”
Wally Bremner of Orillia & Christine Boucher of Kingston discuss the upcoming Commemoration
“As sponsors of the event, our Commission is proud to share with Canadians, through our growing Macdonald Bicentennial network and this newsletter, news of what is under discussion in Orillia. We know readers of the Macdonald Bicentennial newsletter will connect with citizens of Orillia and share back-and-forth their own ideas about how to mark this significant national anniversary.”
Dr. Richard Johnson, a respected community leader in Orillia and one of the founders of the community’s (now) famous Sir John A. birthday dinners, said he too could not have been happier with the Town Hall-style meeting. “In a word, the meeting was inspirational,” he said.
Among ideas shared on May 27 were:
- A Sir John A. booth to become part of the city’s Canada Day celebrations where citizens could have their picture taken with an actor dressed as Sir John A.
- School principal of Samuel de Champlain School, Christian Lapalme, suggested that the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission’s mascot doll be lent out to schools across Canada for one week periods where a school or class would then prepare a video featuring the doll as part of a national contest.
- Chuck Penny, Chair of the Orillia Scottish Festival and the Royal Canadian Legion Pipes, shared the news that he and his colleagues have been invited to Glasgow to perform in honour of Macdonald’s bicentennial in the city where Sir John A. was born.
- Connecting with post-secondary institutions in the Orillia area to discuss the holding of an academic conference to consider Sir John A.’s legacy.
- Following up on the idea of Allan T. Greer holding a special Sir John A. birthday event during the summer of 2015 as, let’s be frank, January is not the perfect time to hold an outdoor birthday bash!
Let us know the dates and we will share your news with our growing network.
Thank you Orillia! And, special thanks to Wally Bremner, Bruce McRae, Sheila & Brian Mullaly and Gail Maddel for all their hard work in making May 27’s Town Hall the success it was!
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Click here to read Mr. Fred Addis’ humorous presentation on the commonalities between Sir John A. and Stephen Leacock :
“Sir John A. Macdonald and Stephen Leacock : A thirst for nation building.”
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