June 22, 2021
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph has hosted Canada Day In The Park for almost three decades and through this initiative has raised over $1 Million to support good causes locally and abroad.  For the second straight year, we are unable to host Canada Day In The Park, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate being Canadian.  Here are a few things you can do:
 
  • VISIT A LOCAL NURSERY, plant a new flower and watch it grow all summer.
  • SUPPORT THE ROTARY DUCK RACE  with a chance to win $6,000 in food from Zehrs – lucky draw is at 2pm on July 1st. All proceeds go towards Food4Kids Guelph. https://www.gotduck.ca
  • VISIT THE GUELPH FARMERS' MARKET and thank a farmer! 
  • COLOUR A PICTURE OF WHAT CANADA MEANS TO YOU.
 
We can’t wait to join our fellow citizens next year as we look to resume Canada Day In The Park and continue the good work of Rotary.
 
Statement from the City of Guelph: Canada Day celebrations
Guelph, Ont., June 23, 2021 – Earlier today, the Rotary Club of Guelph announced it will pause its Canada Day celebrations in observance of ongoing provincial COVID-19 public health measures.
 
Guelph’s Canada Day festivities have been organized by Rotary for almost three decades to celebrate our country and community, and to welcome Guelph’s new Canadians. The City has been, and continues to be, a proud partner in the event providing financial and other forms of support to help.  We do however respect and support Rotary’s decision.
 
This has been a challenging year for all—especially for Canada’s equity-deserving and inherent-rights asserting communities. Throughout May and June, we have celebrated diversity at our best and experienced grieving and loss at our worst. As we approach Canada Day, we reflect on Juneteenth, the multicultural festival, the Pride flag blowing in the wind, our national Indigenous celebrations and ceremonies toward healing, and the discovery of 215 Indigenous children at the former residential school site in Kamloops.
 
The City of Guelph encourages our community to take this time to elevate our awareness, learn and become stronger as Canadians. We can reflect on how far we have come but also how much farther we must go and the role we can all play in getting there. While we will be experiencing Canada Day differently for the second year in a row, let us stand together against intolerance and in support of Truth and Reconciliation.
 
We encourage you to celebrate Canada Day in your own way as we all work together, to be the change that we want to see in our community.
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