50th Anniversary Canada Games Flag in Corner Brook for Canada 150

City of Corner Brook
Media Advisory

Public Notice

Public Event Invitation: Canada Games Flag Raising and Exhibit
Date: Wednesday June 7th, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Corner Brook City Hall Civic Square

The Canada Games flag is set to arrive in Corner Brook next week as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, our country’s largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth. As a Canada 150 signature project, a unique 50th anniversary flag is travelling across Canada celebrating each of the past Host Communities. The flag’s final destination will be the opening ceremony of the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg on July 28.

The official flag raising ceremony will be held at:
City Hall (5 Park Street) on Wednesday June 7th, 2017 at  6:00 p.m. in Civic Square

“The Canada Games Flag Relay is an exciting tradition that re-ignites the passion of the Canada Games in past Host Communities and spreads the spirit of the Games throughout the nation,’’ said Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to see the flag trek across the country celebrating all that each past host community has built for the Canada Games property.’”

The Canada Games Flag Relay and Community Celebration will be in Corner Brook featuring the raising of the Canada Games flag at City Hall, words from the mayor and guests, and the Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame travelling exhibit, which will remain on display at City Hall until June 8th, 2017.

City of Corner Brook Mayor, Charles Pender said “On the 150th Anniversary of Confederation we are proud to raise the flag of City Hall. Our City has fond memories of the games and this is an opportunity to reflect on the role of the games in our community, celebrate community athletes, and the Games legacy.”

In 1999, Corner Brook hosted the Games and it marked a significant year for Newfoundland and Labrador as the first time the province had ever hosted a Canada Winter Games. The opening ceremonies were themed “Newfoundland and Labrador: From Birth to Awakening, “giving focus to the rich history of the province.

While the primary reasons for continuing to hold the Canada Games are to contribute to sport and athlete development across the country, the Canada Games are also about community development and pride.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bonita Decaire
City of Corner Brook | Information Officer
709-637-1662 | bdecaire@cornerbrook.com

Canada Games:

– For more information about when the Canada Games were held in our city,

visit: canadagames.ca/host-societies

– To find out where the flag will travel next, visit: canadagames.ca/events-calendar

 

About the Canada Games

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up-and- coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg are the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and will be held from July 28th to August 13th , 2017. The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer will be held from February 15th to March 3rd , 2019.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.