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Local non-profits receive grants to help celebrate Canada's 150 anniversary

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August 05, 2016 - 10:22 AM

KELOWNA - From 150 years of local Canadian art, to 150 stories celebrating local diversity, to a Sesquicentennial paddle trail, the recipients of the City’s Sesquicentennial Grant have hit the ground running with plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Earlier this year, the City launched its Canada 150 program with the Sesquicentennial Grant. The grant, available to eligible non-profit organizations, provides matching funds of up to $15,000 to support community driven projects.

“The Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna Museums and the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club Paddling Society all came forward with unique and exciting projects that illustrate the Canada 150 program themes,” says Mariko Siggers, Event Development Supervisor. “These projects reflect the richness and diversity of our community’s history and unique attributes and are poised to leave a remarkable legacy.”

The Kelowna Art Gallery will showcase a unique exhibition of Canadian created art, drawn from private collections and public institutions in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley. This will provide the opportunity to see works of art that would not otherwise be accessible to the public. Through these significant pieces of Canadian works of art, visitors will discover some of the stories, milestones, places, events and people that have shaped our history.

Kelowna Museums will take storytelling to heart with its project, “Stories from 150 years,” filling the gallery of the Okanagan Heritage Museum with diverse, relevant and surprising stories, presented in innovative and creative ways.

By engaging community partners such as the Chinese Canadian Association, French Cultural Centre, Metro Community and Westbank First Nation, the Museum will highlight unexpected stories and connections from the past 150 years, honouring the history of the region, as well as the prominent and not so prominent people that connect us.

The Kelowna Dragon Boat Paddling Society will launch the Sesquicentennial Paddle Trail Project, celebrating the history of people powered paddling activities and paddle sport activities that take place today on Okanagan Lake.

The Society will create a paddle trail using GPS registered information buoys that paddlers along the lakeshore can use to navigate the waters along the paddle trail.

Funds are still available for a second intake of the Sesquicentennial Grant and the City welcomes applications from eligible non-profit organizations. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

For details on the Sesquicentennial Grant and to apply, visit the City of Kelowna website.

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