This year, Mission will celebrate Canada day virtually with a one-hour video. / Submitted Photo

Mission to hold Virtual Canada Day celebration

On July 1 at 10:30 a.m., the special Canada Day broadcast will stream live

The District of Mission’s annual Canada Day celebration will be delivered virtually this year in an action-packed one-hour live broadcast hosted by Brent Hayden, an Olympic medalist and public speaker with roots in Mission.

“Canada Day is a cherished community event in Mission, one that attracts residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Pam Alexis. “While it would be impossible to deliver our usual celebration at Fraser River Heritage Park this year because of the COVID-19 restrictions, a virtual Canada Day is a perfect way for us to safely come together to celebrate this incredible place we call home while we have to be apart.”

“This year, as everyone knows, is unlike any other. We’ve faced and adapted to a vast amount of swift and necessary change, but we’re doing it and we’re doing it together,” she said. “We are defined as a community by the actions of our citizens and I couldn’t be prouder. Mission, you never cease to amaze me.”

On July 1 at 10:30 a.m., the special Canada Day broadcast will stream live on the District of Mission’s Facebook page, on and on YouTube Live. After the broadcast is over, the video will be available on Facebook or YouTube throughout the day and afterwards in an archive.

Designed to be uniquely Mission, the District’s Virtual Canada Day will feature a welcoming ceremony from Leq’á:mel First Nation, a performance of the national anthem, a flag raising ceremony by the Royal Canadian Legion, speeches from local dignitaries, as well as a series of short segments highlighting a few outstanding community members ranging from non-profits, frontline workers, musicians, dancers, artists and more.

“While a virtual celebration wasn’t how we imagined we’d be celebrating Canada’s 153rd birthday when staff started planning our usual event before the pandemic started, we have a fantastic opportunity here to highlight our incredible community in a video that can be shared and enjoyed within the comforts of home. I’m really looking forward to tuning in on July 1,” Alexis said.

Tag photos with #CanadaDayMissionBC

Residents are encouraged to tag their Canada Day photos on social media with #CanadaDayMissionBC for a chance to be featured on the District’s main channels in an album highlighting how the community shared the day while keeping apart.

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