One of Prince George’s signature summer events is right around the corner.
Canada Day at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is back for its 49th year and is set for Friday with the party getting started at 11 am.
Co-organizer, Dave Mothus told MyPGNow.com they’ve added a new wrinkle to this year’s event.
“One enhancement that we did is because it was a little more challenging to get the volunteers to run the traditional food tents, we will have a significant portion of our local food trucks and there are going to be there preparing all different kinds of food along with the traditional food vendors.”
He added this year’s celebration is important as it will gauge how the event is run in future years.
“Then we will know if the public wants it. Something has to change on how it’s run in the future, there isn’t a large body of volunteers to run it anymore. We’ve stepped up this time but that won’t happen over and over again.”
“Based upon on how much people come out, is how we will decide if the city takes it over or does the Multicultural Heritage Society get new volunteers or does another group step up. This is a band-aid right now and this will be determined on who shows up.”
While there continues to debate among some communities on how or if Canada Day celebrations should proceed, Mothus stated it’s a day to also reflect and how we all can do better going forward.
“There are still arguments on whether or not we should still have Canada Day. I think the answer to that is regardless of what’s happened in our past, regardless of where we have come from, Canada Day is about us looking at ourselves and taking a look at who we are now. Prince George has one opportunity as a community to all come together and say ‘yeah, we’ve got problems and things we have to fix but we truly are blessed,”
A number of live bands will also be performing from 6-9 pm. Kids’ activities and cultural performances are also planned.
Mothus is among a group of individuals that also includes Kyle Sampson, Aimee Cassie, Craig Briere, and Dawna Varley who have stepped up to put on this year’s celebration.