Canada 150 in Halton Hills
3 Things for Canada
The 3 things initiative is all about choosing three things that you can do to make a difference – to make the Town of Halton Hills – one of Canada’s best small town communities – even better! Just imagine the impact if every resident in Halton Hills made a small contribution of good will. Your three things could involve volunteer service, it could involve an act of kindness, a charitable donation or leading a new initiative. Big or small, it’s up to you because together we make a HUGE difference in this great community and in this great country. Happy Canada 150 - help celebrate by declaring your three things commitment!
The challenge is on – to every Canadian – to give three gifts of service, large or small. What are you passionate about? How can you contribute? Declare your ‘3 things for Canada’ on Instagram using hashtag #HHcanada150 for all to see!
If you don’t have Instagram fill out this form and we will post your 3 things on our website.
Incorporate Canada 150 into your event!
- Host a sacred circle with storytelling from indigenous people.
- Play music written and performed by Canadian artists.
- Offer Canadian cuisine (poutine, maple syrup, etc.).
- Have an elder ceremony/drum circle/indigenous dancers/presentations as part of your main stage line-up.
- Play cultural videos to showcase Canada’s history and heritage.
- Participate in Guinness Book of World Records contest for most Canada flags present at an event.
- Provide Canadian flags (tattoos, hand held flags, stickers, etc.) to your event patrons.
- Offer face painting with icon Canadian symbols (maple leaf, inuksuk, totem pole, moose, etc.)
- Have a costume contest and include the ‘maple leaf’ or ‘red and white’ in the theme.
- Create an art display/contest to showcase a timeline of Canada’s history over the last 150 years.
- Collect wishes from other countries to commemorate Canada’s for 150th birthday. Display in a creative way for all patrons to see.
- Play the Canadian anthem at the opening ceremony of your event.
- Have patrons plant Canada 150 tulips as part of your programming.
- Incorporate indigenous art into your event.
- Have graffiti artist make art that has a Canadiana vibe – cut into smaller pieces and auction them off to help raise funds for the event or a local charity.
- Host a contest for food vendors to come up with their best Canadian inspired dish.
For more information, contact:
Community Development Coordinator
Email: Erin Burger
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2273
Speyside Royal Oak Saplings
Six saplings from the historic Speyside oak tree will be ready for planting in the fall of 2017 in Norval, at the Halton Hills Civic Centre, Dominion Gardens, Acton Branch Library and Prospect Park. Thanks to Sheridan Nurseries for their work in nurturing the saplings and to designated community groups who will become the adoptive tree parents.
Canada 150 Tulips
A total of 1200 Canada 150 tulips were planted in twenty-two locations across Halton Hills. Town staff worked closed with community organizations to identify the locations.
Trees for Veterans
In support of the Community Covenant for veterans and their families, the Town will plant 400 trees in 40 parks between April and June. The initiative is made possible through CN’s EcoConnexions program that provided $25K. Details on a launch event will be released following the planting.
Celebrate Canada by checking out a citizenship kit from the service desk of your local library. These kits contain information about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a Canadian. Ideal for Scouts and Guide groups working on citizenship challenges or anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge.
Citizenship and Citizenship Re-confirmation Ceremonies
A citizenship ceremony is the final step to becoming a Canadian citizen. This impactful event will be either held at the Glen Williams’s Canada Day celebration or the Library/Cultural Centre in late September, depending on confirmation from the Federal Government. We will update when we are able to confirm.
One Book, One Halton Hills
Created as a way to foster literacy and a love of reading in our community, One Book, One Halton Hills encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Through funding from the Community Foundation of North Halton, this annual program will focus on Aboriginal themes and a high profile Aboriginal author. Visit: hhpl.on.ca
Local History Kits
Learn about the communities that make up Halton Hills by taking out a local history kit from your local library! Each kit contains books and maps and suggested resources for further research. Perfect for classroom use or individual projects!
Commemorating History, One Block at a Time
Stone blocks dating back to 1852 have been salvaged from the John Street Underpass to be repurposed in the construction of an overlook of the Credit River. Expect to see this initiative completed in the last quarter of the year with the Armstrong Avenue construction project.
Most Patriotic Town Challenge
It's Canada's 150th birthday and the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce is challenging the residents and businesses of Halton Hills to show their national pride by flying the Canadian flag on July 1.
Imagine flags flying on porches, lawns, garages, parks, business and farm mailboxes - anywhere they can be seen from the street! It will be historic!
Canada 150 Library Cards
Join the festivities with a Canada 150 library card! These award-winning sustainable cards are available in a limited edition design. Ask for yours from a library service desk.
2017 ‘Proud to be Canadian’ Community Open House
On Saturday Oct 21, 2017 at the Georgetown Marketplace, the Town of Halton Hills Recreation and Parks Department will host this annual event featuring over 50 community groups and Canada-themed activity stations for children.
Canada 150 Community Engagement Contest
Capture your patriotic spirit in a photo and enter it to win an iPad. The contest is open to residents of all ages and entries can be submitted from June to August to: Erin Burger, Community Development Coordinator at the Town of Halton Hills at 905-873-2601 x2273 or email: email@example.com
Self-Guided Tours (in progress)
The Town of Halton Hills is rich in history, the arts, architecture and many other sights of interest – if only they were all catalogued! This ambitious project will see thoughtful and themed tour routes laid out for residents and visitors to enjoy via maps and pedestrian GPS navigation. Expect to see the first of 18 self-guided tours completed this fall.