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"Celebrate Canada in the Capitals" families program - June 29 to July 3, 2000

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(Monday, June 26/2000)--From June 29 to July 3 this year, the Halifax Regional Municipality will be host to 100 visitors from across Canada who will participate in the millennial edition of the "Celebrate Canada in the Capitals" families program.

"I am delighted to welcome these families from across Canada to the Halifax Regional Municipality", said Mayor Walter Fitzgerald. "I am sure everyone involved will enjoy the many attractions our municipality has to offer, including Dartmouth's 250th anniversary and Canada Day celebrations".

Mayor Fitzgerald will welcome the families and their hosts to the municipality during a ceremony at City Hall, 9:00 a.m., June 30th..

Winners travelling to the Halifax Regional Municipality will enjoy the culture and attractions of our region. The program will provide winners and hosts with an opportunity to learn more about their Canadian identity through exchanges, capital city tours, visits to historical sites, meetings with government officials, and participation in existing Canada Day festivities.

Some highlights of the Halifax trip include the viewing of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, visits to National Historic Sites such as Pier 21 and Citadel Hill, and tours of City Hall, the Nova Scotia Provincial Legislature and the HMCS St. John's.

The Celebrate Canada in the Capitals 2000 - Halifax organizing committee is pleased to recognize their local sponsors, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the metro Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs, Alderney Landing, Maritime Forces Atlantic, Metro Transit, The Daily News, and Pier 21.

Launched in 1995, the Celebrate Canada in the Capitals aims to promote pride in Canada by encouraging Canadians to explore their country's diverse culture and heritage. This year the program will involve all of Canada's capital cities.

St.John's, Newfoundland; Toronto; Québec City; Yellowknife and the recently inaugurated capital, Iqaluit, will join in to host 169 winning families from across the country.

Celebrate Canada in the Capitals is organized jointly by the National Capital Commission and the Canadian Capital Cities Organization in collaboration with the Millennium Bureau of Canada, History Television, the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canadian Olympic Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.

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For more information:

Kelly Thomas
Event Coordinator
(902) 490-4373

Please see attached names of this year's winners to Halifax.


Warren Chapella (Port Saunders, Newfoundland)
Roger Hankey (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia)

Jossie Ehler (Souris, Prince Edward Island)

Kathleen Hogue (Fredericton, New Brunswick)

Diane St-Denis (Val des Bois, Quebec)

Don Hutchinson (Kingston, Ontario)

Helena Gregresh (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Karen Wahl (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Lucille Grieef (Calgary, Alberta)

Gordon Hooper (Victoria, British Columbia)

Anne Tufts (Iqaluit, Nunavut)

Samantha Miya (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)

Joanne Veillette (Whitehorse, Yukon)

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