Sesquicentennial Committee Departs With Final Legacy

WELLAND – Canada’s 150 in Welland Committee met in downtown Welland for one last final legacy celebration. The ad hoc committee was created in 2015 to inspire Welland’s residents and stakeholders to join Canada’s 150 birthday celebrations in 2017. Although they have not gathered to develop projects and special events for nearly a year, the members were pleased to decommission the group with a final sesquicentennial legacy project in Welland.

150 Committee (Supplied photo)

The committee gathered at Welland Civic Square to take a photo with one of the eight Welland 150 decorative benches. The benches are a reminder of Canada’s 150 celebrations, and a tribute to Welland’s dedicated volunteers that made 2017 a year of community connectivity and collaboration. City staff are installing the Welland 150 benches in public spaces for everyone to better enjoy city parks, green spaces, and facilities.

Canada’s 150 in Welland Committee group steered a list of commemorative projects in 2017. The committee spearheaded horticultural projects, legacy endeavours, and community festivities that inspired civic pride throughout the city.

“I speak for the whole committee in saying thank you to Welland for helping to make last year’s Canada 150 celebrations something to remember,” said Debi Katsmar, Chairperson of Canada’s 150 in Welland Committee. “We were honoured to bring so many great events to the city and leave not one, but two legacies for all to remember for many years to come. The Trail 150 Tree Legacy in 2017 and the recent Welland 150 Bench Project will be cherished by the community for years to come. We thoroughly enjoyed bringing these events to the residents of Welland.”

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(Source: City of Welland news release)

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