Armstrong wants to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 with a year-long party.
A community meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. at city hall to brainstorm possible ideas.
“We hope to coordinate groups and organizations, and have at least one major event each month in 2017,” said Armstrong Coun. Shirley Fowler.
September 2017 has basically been taken care of, as the city will play host to its 118th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition, and will host a number of events in the B.C. 55-Plus Games, awarded to the City of Vernon, starting Sept. 15, 2017.
One of the topics likely to be discussed on Oct. 22 is possible funding for birthday ideas.
Funding was to be available through a Canada 150 Community Grant fund, but the fund has been put on hold until after Monday’s federal election.
“There are very few grants where organizations in the community can apply for government funding, usually they have to go through city hall, but this is one of them,” said Fowler. “We wanted to make sure as many groups in Armstrong had a chance to look into that fund, think of some opportunities for their group to fall within the criteria of this funding and apply.”
If the funding is not available, Fowler doesn’t plan on letting it stop celebrating Canada’s 150th.
“We want to have a banner year to celebrate the milestone birthday,” said Fowler.