So much to celebrate in Oceanside in 2012

T-shirts lead the way on a year of anniversaries in Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach town councillor Mary Brouilette

Qualicum Beach town councillor Mary Brouilette

The year 2012 is a big one for Qualicum Beach and the celebrations have already begun with the release this week of commemorative T-shirts to mark the occasion.

Qualicum Beach Museum manager Netanja Waddell this week broke the seal on boxes of the shirts, which are designed to celebrate several important anniversaries in the community.

“On the front it says ‘Forever Young in Qualicum Beach, which is the theme for the 2012 celebrations,” Waddell said. “On the back it has historic photographs of Qualicum Beach, along with the words, ‘How can you be old and wise if you were never young and crazy?’”

One of the photographs was of a big community picnic in 1916, while another depicts the train station.

Qualicum Beach Councillor Mary Brouilette said this year will see several important anniversaries.

“This is the first step of the whole celebration. We have so many things to celebrate. The town will be 70 years of incorporation, The Old School House will be 25 years of celebration as a society, the building itself will be 100 years old this year, the Civic Centre is 20, St. Mark’s is 40 this year, Quality Foods is 30 and your paper is 30. There’s lots going on.”

Corinne James, executive director of The Old School House arts centre, said organizers are planning to have one event every month in order to keep the excitement flowing.

Brouilette noted the T-shirts were created in collaboration with youth member Keeley Campbell, in a bid to appeal to the younger members of the community.

The T-shirts cost $20 each, with all funds going towards the arts in Qualicum Beach.