The Alberni Valley Canada Day Committee is looking for new volunteers for its 2022 celebration.
The committee is gearing up for the new year with its first meeting on January 17, and volunteers are optimistic the community will be able to come together for the traditional celebration in 2022.
The first step is to recruit new volunteers to the committee, says Angie Blake, committee chair and president of the Port Alberni Folkfest Multicultural Society, which is leading the organizing effort.
âSince our last event in 2019, life changes have resulted in the loss of several active members, so we invite interested members of the community to contact us to get involved,â said Blake.
Blake says the committee’s work leading up to the event includes communications with the media, recruiting food stand operators, organizing entertainment and activities for the kids, fundraising, logistics, etc. maintaining the group’s online presence and recruiting volunteers for the event.
âFortunately, we have maintained an experienced core group, but we need to hire more committee volunteers to have the capacity to run a successful event,â said Blake.
If people would like to know more about supporting the project, they can contact the committee by emailing [email protected] or visiting www.facebook.com/PACanadaDayParade.
If the 2022 event takes place, it will be the first time in two years that a Canada Day celebration has taken place in Port Alberni. Events 2020 and 2021 have been canceled due to COVID-19.
âWe’ve been through a lot as a community since our last celebration together, and we want to make this a day – and a night with fireworks – unforgettable,â said Blake.
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