Member of Parliament Earl Dreeshen Announces Support for Centennial Celebrations in Red Deer Region

June 28, 2013

RED DEER – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament (Red Deer), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for centennial celebrations in the communities of Delburne, Red Deer, and Sylvan Lake.

“The 100th anniversary celebrations for these municipalities will increase pride in our region,” said Mr. Dreeshen. “It is important that future generations be aware of their origins and of Alberta’s rich and diverse history. I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage.”

Funding will support Delburne’s 100 Year Centennial Committee, the Central Alberta Historical Society, and the Sylvan Lake Centennial Celebrations Task Force in the planning, coordination, and delivery of their respective anniversary festivities. Activities include music, dance, and theatrical performances featuring local artists and performers, as well as art displays.

“Beginning on Canada Day 2013, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark the first-ever Canada History Week,” said Minister Moore.  “Canada History Week is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the people and events that have shaped our great nation at the local and national level. I would like to congratulate the residents of Delburne, Red Deer, and Sylvan Lake on this important anniversary.”

“Thanks to the Government of Canada, the centennial celebrations in Delburne make it possible for our community to reconnect with our heritage, culture, and history in a way which gives our young citizens and visitors a sense of what it means to have a history, and that we are all connected to as great a country as Canada,” said His Worship Ray Reckseilder, Mayor of Delburne and Chairperson, Delburne Centennial Committee. “It will become an important milestone as Delburne moves into the future.”

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $140,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.