Canada Day organizers need a hand
By Jenn Watt
Published April 4, 2017
For 38 years, West Guilford has been the go-to place for Canada Day celebrations in Dysart et al. They offer family-friendly activities for free all day, attracting hundreds to the village.
The responsibility for keeping the event going has always fallen to a small group of people, which over the years has started to wear on volunteers.
“It’s too much for one or two people, and they’re there the whole day, overseeing everything,” says Carol Stamp, who in the past has been that one person.
“What we’re trying to do is get enough people, even if we had 15 people, volunteer to take on one event,” she says.
Each volunteer would only need to commit to one hour that day and would have the rest of the time free. Events include races for kids, swimming races, a trivia contest, kayak race, crafts, scavenger hunt and music after dinner.
This year, the fireworks will be held in Haliburton Village, but everything else will run as usual in West Guilford.
As a special nod to Canada’s 150th, all of the Canada Day Citizens will be invited to come back to this year’s celebration. Of the 49 who have been honoured for their commitment to community over the years, 18 are still alive. The first Citizen was Mac Prentice, honoured in 1981.
After doing some outreach for volunteers earlier this year, Stamp says she received offers from 11 people, but the committee needs 15 in order to redistribute the events fairly.
She’d also like to see younger volunteers, those in their 30s or 40s, come out to help. Teenagers are welcome and can put the hours towards their volunteer obligations at school.
Fireworks usually attract several hundred people, but Stamp says no one counts attendees. About 130 people join the supper each year.
Anyone interested in helping out with Canada Day should give Stamp a call at 705-754-2168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.