Members of The SALON Acting Company with former PM John Turner
And thanks to my friends in your beautiful city like Jim Garrard,Arthur Milnes and Mary Rita Holland at the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission, teachers and their charges- or parents making summer travel plans- now have the perfect opportunity to do just that.
This month, the Commission – of which I am proud to serve as Honorary Commissioner and prouder still that my close friend, the Hon. Peter Milliken is our group’s Patron – is offering Sir John A. Macdonald-themed walking tours of Kingston’s downtown geared for young people. Thanks to generous donors like Manulife Financial, Empire Life, the City of Kingston and countless individual donors and supporters, teachers and their students can attend these walks through history at subsidized rates.
They are led by costumed guides and feature performances by the talented professional actors from Kingston’s SALON Theatre. Thanks to these energetic performers, important figures from our nation’s history such as Sir John A., Isabella Macdonald, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Louis Riel and many more will come to life right in front of the eyes of Kingston and area youth.
Members of the SALON Acting Company perform for Kingston-area students
Last June I had the pleasure of watching this group in action when I visited Kingston and spoke at Sir John A.’s statue in City Park. And in January I also attended opening night of Sir John, Eh? The Musical, at the Grand Theatre. With these experiences to draw from, I can definitely report to teachers in Kingston that the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission’s walking tours and performances are something educators in other communities can only dream of.
Space is limited for these June walks so I hope as many teachers as possible will firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Mary Rita Holland at (613) 767-8178 to book a John A. walk. Parent Councils and parents are also welcome to make contact this way if they too are interested in booking a tour.
The Macdonald-themed walking tours will also be offered for tourists in July and August. If you can’t make it to Kingston between now and Sir John A.’s 200th birthday year in 2015, consider taking your family to a historic site in your province, territory or community. Canada has a rich history and we all need to do more to celebrate it.
Don’t forget to say hello to Sir John A. for me!