Spallumcheen prepares for 125th birthday

The township has created a committee to commemorate the township’s 125th anniversary in 2017.

Spallumcheen is gearing up for another big party.

Hoping to build on the successes of its 120th birthday celebrations in 2012, the township has created a 125th anniversary committee to commemorate the township’s anniversary in 2017.

Named to the committee were councillors Joe Van Tienhoven, Christine Fraser and Christine LeMaire.

“The mandate of the committee is to organize and coordinate anniversary projects and events,” said Van Tienhoven, who was elected committee chairperson while Fraser selected as vice-chair.

The goal is to get local non-profit groups to come up with ideas for projects and events, along with a budget so the township can apply for federal and provincial grants to help fund the celebrations, in line with Canada’s 150th birthday.

“We will invite local groups to a committee of the whole meeting in early January to present their event proposals, including budgets,” said Fraser.

“We’ll be making a list of local non-profit organizations and contacting them to explain and invite them to the meeting.”

That meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in  council chambers.

Federal and provincial funding grant applications must be in by Jan. 31, 3016.