What Others Are Doing
IDEAS & EVENTS LISTING:
The following is a list of ideas we've received. Some have been initiated, others are waiting for someone to pick up and run with. If you have an interest in any of these ideas, OR another of your own, let us know! A key role of ours is to promote, connect , facilitate best we can, AND encourage everyone who would like to mark the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald.
NAMING & TRIBUTES
Received May 24th: Good Morning: as per my phone conversation with Lowell, the County of Prince Edward in partnership with History Lives Here (Peter Lockyer), the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, the County of Lennox and Addington and the Picton Business Improvement Area has submitted a funding request to the Great Waterway Partnership Fund for financial assistance to create the Sir John A Macdonald Heritage Trail which will highlight locations related to Sir John A Macdonald’s life throughout the region from Kingston to Trenton. I have attached a sample of the potential locations for the trail, although as we have been connecting with various museums, historians and municipalities there are many potential locations suggested. We are currently awaiting approval for this funding from RTO9 and will stay in touch with you regarding our progress in the development of this trail. We do see this as a legacy with a potential to expand/grow the trail and that it will be available as a tour beyond 2015. Looking forward to working with you in the near future, Wendy
Received May 23rd: It occurred to me yesterday when I saw some elementary school children participating in a sports day at the Memorial Centre that perhaps a cool idea for Sir John's bicentennial year would be a revitalization of the Centennial Fitness Awards.
You may or may not remember them, but during Canada's centennial all school children participated in the fitness awards, earning one of four badges - participant, bronze, silver, gold, depending on the level of fitness attained. (I might still have mine.)
The circular cloth badges had the centennial maple leaf embroidered in the appropriate colour.
Perhaps the Commission, working with the newest incarnation of Participaction and the Ministries of Education across the country, could get children moving again earning a Sir John A fitness badge.
Received May 22nd: We wrote a musical for our elementary students at Roots and Wings Montessori School, in BC, on SirJohn A's creation of the railroad, called "Connecting Canada". We performed it first in the 1990's (it was featured in our Governor-General's aware for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History) and performed it again in 2012. The students knowledge of Canadian history after this production was so comprehensive one of them was able to skip this study in high school. The play is excellent, and the songs could be very popular, especially during the 200th. We have a video, though not great quality.
Are you interested?
Received May 20th: To complement your Name something after Sir John I was wondering if it would be worth contacting mcdonalds.ca (they already have a big mac) and get them to name a sandwich something like the Sir John A Mac for 2015?
They could even have a contest to select the ingredients for the burger. (and possibly another contest to design the wrapper)
A Canadian Chain would be best, but I am not sure if there are any left.
Just thought I would toss the idea out there.
Received this on May 5th: We (Fireside Publishing House) are re-releasing a special commemorative edition of The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. Macdonald. (With a foreword by Brian Mulroney). It will be out this fall, well in time before 2015.
Received this on May 5th: "Stage a re-enactment of Sir John's speech in Ingersoll. T.D. McGee also spoke here. Perhaps it could feature both parliamentarians. Have the Ingersoll Pipe Band parade them both in. Follow up with a banquet/birthday party featuring local produce, local cheeses, and of course haggis & Scotch! Maybe a dissertation of poetry by the long departed James McIntyre (Canada's cheese poet)"
THE "UNDERWAY" LISTING:
The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission is a key partner of ours and a very active proponent of Macdonald's legacy in Kingston and beyond. The Commission is striving to lead the charge towards Sir John A.'s 200th birthday with the following projects. You can learn more about the Bicentennial Commission here.
Family and Children's ServiceS of Frontenac, lennox and addington