Waving the flag in Tillsonburg

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Tillsonburg was waving the Canadian flag at the Livingston Centre Wednesday afternoon.

"This is National Flag of Canada Day and it's a special one because it's Canada's 150th," said Maureen Vandenberghe, Communications Coordinator at the Multi-Service Centre (MSC).

"The Town of Tillsonburg is collecting pictures for Canada 150 celebrations so we thought we'd like to participate."

Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman stopped by Wednesday afternoon to join the Flag Day photo op organized by the MSC, commemorating the inauguration of the Flag of Canada in February 1965.

"Many of our partners in the Livingston Centre participated," said Vandenberghe, noting participation from Community Living Tillsonburg, the Daycare, Service Canada, and Fanshawe College. "We have people in special costume, like Ray McLennan, a volunteer at the MSC. We had people here from Girl Guides, as well."

They also had representatives from the Town, as well as Tillsonburg's Canada 150 committee, including Jami Stephenson and Paul Weaver.

"Our first (Canada 150) meeting was back in September," said Stephenson. "And we got our Community Leaders in December - they're part of our Canada 150."

The almost 20-member committee was set up to help facilitate Canada 150 events in the community, and provide ideas to various local organizations.

"They'll come to us with their ideas and we'll have them put it up on the landing page, Tourism Oxford, the electronic boards in town... and we organize our Community Leaders to help them get the extra traffic, people coming to all the events."

"Organizing and promoting," said Weaver. "The biggest thing I've been doing is going to organizations in town - groups like the Cycling Club and the Photography Club - just to see if they are doing anything this year. If they want I can attend a meeting to answer questions and figure out how we can get the best promotion for them and Canada 150. That's all part of it.

"So far it's been a lot of fun," said Weaver, "just touching base with a lot of groups in town. And a lot of groups have been coming to the (Canada 150) meetings, saying we'd like to do 'this', is that a reasonable thing? It's all being posted on the Town's calendar." 



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