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Member of Parliament Maurice Vellacott announces federal funding to the Optimist Club of Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/14 -- Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $24,225 in funding to the Optimist Club of Saskatoon for its Canada Day activities held in Diefenbaker Park.

Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. The Government of Canada is providing this financial support through the Celebrate Canada Program.

Quick Facts


--  The day will feature a variety of displays, entertainment, a flea
    market, and food from diverse cultural groups. Celebrations will end
    with a fireworks display.
--  Approximately 30,000 people are expected to participate in the Canada
    Day activities in Diefenbaker Park.
--  Celebrate Canada is an 11-day celebration that takes place from June 21
    to July 1 and includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-
    Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and
    Canada Day on July 1.

Quotes

"Canada Day belongs to all Canadians, and we invite everyone across the country to join in the festivities on July 1! On the road to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, let us celebrate all of the things that make this the united, strong, and free country we know today."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Our Government is proud to support an event like Optimist Canada Day 2014, which brings together thousands of people to celebrate our great country. I encourage Saskatoon residents to make their way to Diefenbaker Park on July 1 to show their pride in being Canadian!"

-Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin)

"The Optimist Club of Saskatoon has been organizing Canada Day Celebrations in Saskatoon since 1967. It is our privilege to serve our community and to bring together citizens to celebrate our citizenship in the best country in the world! And we can only do this important community work with support from funders like the Government of Canada. Come to Diefenbaker Park on July 1 to celebrate our Canada!"

-Bradley S. Sylvester, Chair, Optimist Canada Day 2014, Optimist Club of Saskatoon

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The Optimist Club of Saskatoon

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Contacts:
Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Francine Lefebvre
Regional Communications Manager
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
Tel.: 204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-899-8611
francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca

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