Port Alberni Centennial official Ken Rutherford presents Mayor John Douglas with a commemorative print at Monday’s night’s council meeting.

Alberni Centennial leaves legacies

Port Alberni’s centennial has left lasting legacies, organizer Ken Rutherford said.

Port Alberni’s centennial left lasting legacies, organizer Ken Rutherford said.

Rutherford gave a wrap-up of Centennial activities to Port Alberni city council at their March 11 meeting.

Centennial events were held over the course of 2012 and January 2013.

Legacies that were left as a result of those events included a year-long museum exhibit, banners depicting early pioneers, the carved wooden bear at Victoria Quay, a carved stone wishing well and a special DVD, Rutherford said.

A scrapbook was compiled that will serve as a written record of the centennial, he said. And a centennial garden done in conjunction with the Port Alberni Women’s Business Network is planned for part of the grounds at city hall, he added.

The centennial was made possible through $230,000 in federal and provincial grants, as well as through business contributions.

A final accounting of funds will take place later this month. Rutherford said he hoped any leftover funds could be used to continue the heritage marker program, as well as to serve as a small legacy fund for future endeavours, he said.

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