Preparations are already well underway in Holyrood to celebrate 50 years of incorporation.
The town has declared 2019 a come home year, with a committee in place to line up events this summer as part of the festivities. This was recognized during the first municipal council meeting of 2019, held Jan. 15, where Mayor Gary Goobie signed a proclamation recognizing 50 years of municipal government.
“Our 50th anniversary is going to be a very historical occasion for the community,” the mayor said Tuesday. “It’s not every day a community gets to celebrate 50 years, and we’re going to do it in Holyrood style.”
During the meeting, members of the 50th anniversary committee were also introduced. Community members of the committee are chair Gus Hawco, Brenda Cornick, Roslie Healey, Kyle Hawco and Brian Tobin. Representatives from the town are Councillors Kim Ghaney and Sadie King and director of recreation and community events Steve Martin.
“We are busy,” Hawco said at the meeting. “We’re now firming up our partners in the community for various events and in short order we’ll be putting out a schedule.”
Mayor Goobie thanked all members for agreeing to come forward and get involved in the committee to prepare for what he anticipates will be an exciting year for the community.
Many activities are expected to take place during the town’s annual Squid Fest, which is taking place this year July 12-24. Coun. Ghaney, who attended Tuesday’s meeting by phone, also acknowledged some 50th anniversary events will be included in the upcoming Crystal Carnival Feb. 15-24. Ghaney said all summer celebrations will be unveiled Feb. 24 during the closing event for the Crystal Carnival.