Pamela Bratt, left, and her daughters Rochelle Bratt and Natalie Thomas are set for the 2017 Canada Day parade with their flag and chairs, set up along the bottom of Third Avenue. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO Pamela Bratt, left, and her daughters Rochelle Bratt and Natalie Thomas are set for the Canada Day parade with their flag and chairs, Saturday morning. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Alberni’s Canada Day parade in jeopardy

Not enough volunteers for July 1st festivities

Port Alberni’s Canada Day parade is in jeopardy.

The Canada Day planning committee is worried they won’t have enough volunteers to stage this year’s July 1 festivities, which traditionally feature a parade on 10th Avenue in the morning and a cultural event at Glenwood Centre at the parade’s conclusion.

Last year the parade was moved to Third Avenue to coincide with Canada 150 celebrations at Harbour Quay, as well as the Tri-Conic ‘Race the Train’ foot race.

“There’s grave concern about the ability to mobilize the 61st annual Canada Day festivities,” City director of Parks, Recreation and Heritage Willa Thorpe said after meeting with the Canada Day planning group last week. “The Women’s Business Network had bailed out the event for the past number of years; they are keen to mentor new volunteers.

“Our issue at this stage is having enough volunteers to make this year run.”

There is another planning meeting set for Wednesday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at Echo Centre. “The event has been running successfully for 60 years, and we’d really like to ensure we see its 61st,” Thorpe said.

“The group is essentially pleading with the community, if we’d like to have a parade and any sort of festivities on July 1, we need the community to step up to make this happen.”

“When I first heard about this two months ago that there was a chance we wouldn’t have a Canada Day parade and activities in our community, I was devastated,” said Coun. Denis Sauve, making a call out to the community during Monday’s council meeting. “It would be a real shame to this community that we lose these opportunities.”

Anyone with questions or who wants to volunteer can contact Pam Craig at pam_craig@outlook.com.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Alberni hosts Island track and field championship

Secondary schools compete at Bob Dailey Stadium

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

200,000 salmon smolts released in netpens for Alberni salmon enhancement

West Coast Aquatic has released 205,000 chinook smolts into two net pens… Continue reading

Virtual simulation engages users in the event of a tsunami hitting Port Alberni

A team from the University of Victoria display a tsunami simulation at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit

VIDEO: Grand Forks shores up defences as floodwaters rise to peak levels

Canadian Forces, volunteers working to protect low-lying areas

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Canada to face U.S. for bronze at world hockey championship

Canada was looking to play in the gold medal game for a fourth straight year, but saw 3-2 loss

Searchers for Vancouver Island father turn focus to Cowichan River

Cowichan SAR joined by many other SAR groups, volunteers now determined to find missing man

Vacationers urged to check for stowaway bats that could carry deadly disease

‘White-nose syndrome’ has killed millions of bats in North America, but hasn’t arrived in B.C. yet

Highway 19A closed in both directions near Union Bay

An incident involving a vehicle has shut down Highway 19A in both directions early Saturday morning.

Are B.C.’s gas prices enough to keep you from travelling May long weekend?

Gas prices in B.C. ranging from 125 cents per litre to more than 150 cents

Most Read