Canada Day party in Parksville saved by chamber of commerce

The event which attracts more than 10,000 people downtown and to Community Park was in jeopardy of not happening this year

Canada Day in Parksville will return in the same format as the past several years after the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce agreed to be the umbrella organization for the city’s biggest annual party.

“It’s awesome, I’m very excited,” said Bonnie Wallis, the chair of Canada Day event last year when it was organized by the Rotary Club of Parksville PM. “I’m glad the chamber stepped up to the plate.”

The Rotary Club decided not to take on the responsibility this year and the events, which attract more than 10,000 people to the downtown and Community Park every year, was in jeopardy.

“This means Canada Day is going to happen this year,” said Wallis, who will chair the Canada Day committee once again, this time under the chamber’s umbrella. She is also the chamber’s president-elect. “Without the chamber, it was on the chopping block.”

The chamber said it was asked to assume responsibility for the organization and production of the popular Celebrate Canada Day Festivities by the Rotary Club.

In a news release, the chamber said its board of directors passed a motion at a special board meeting Jan. 26 accepting the responsibility.

Anyone wishing to participate as an event volunteer or sponsor contact the Chamber at 250-248-3613 or Wallis at 250-586-1934.

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