By declaration of David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, 2015 is the Year of Sports, with a predominant theme of Canada: A Leading Sport Nation. This proclamation celebrates the role sports play in our Canadian identity and encourages Canadians to partake in, and seek the benefits of, sports; from local playgrounds and leisure sport leagues, all the way to high performance athletes, Canada has it all!
David Johnston felt that proclaiming 2015 the Year of Sports would build the momentum to 2017 and the 150th anniversary of Confederation by looking into the rich history of Canadian sport, including past sport milestones and the contributions of individual Canadians and Canada’s addition to the world of sport.
It is encouraged for all Canadians to celebrate sport in their neighbourhoods and towns, or to get involved as a volunteer or spectator in one of the 60+ international single-sport events occurring this year.
Wetaskiwin is a very sport orientated city, ranging from basketball and hockey to swimming and slow pitch. As a city, we would not be who we are without the constant buzz of sports occurring around Wetaskiwin.
This year at the Heritage Museum we would like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers who make the sports in Wetaskiwin possible. If you know someone who has volunteered their time to any sport team or activity, please fill out a nomination form at the Heritage Museum so we can thank them for their dedication and volunteerism. A volunteer tribute will be held on July 11 at 1:30 p.m., or when the parade ends, at the museum to celebrate Canadian Heritage Day.