NEW GLASGOW – A lieutenant governor’s visit and presentation of a community spirit award to New Glasgow last Thursday highlighted the town’s annual pre-Canada Day celebrations.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the gathering where Mayor Barrie MacMillan and town CAO Lisa MacDonald received the award from Brigadier-General (retired) and Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant.
MacMillan also congratulated the other Nova Scotian recipients which were Gabarus, Upper Hammonds Plains and New Ross.
“This is an occasion that belongs to the people of New Glasgow,” he said, while guests assembled onstage at the Glasgow Square amphitheatre.
“We are proud to present this pre-Canada Day celebration for our community and to salute you for making this a town with charm, style and character. It is a very historic day in the life of our nation and also in the life of our town.”
The visit by the lieutenant governor and his wife was pleasant but brief as they returned after the ceremony to Government House in Halifax for their participation in formal Canada Day celebrations there on Friday.
“I can’t think of a better thing than to be here among family and friends,” Grant said.
“On this occasion, what brings a community to life is its spirit. This time, we’re not recognizing the service of an individual, but the service of a community.”
Dignitaries also included Central Nova MP Sean Fraser and Communities, Cultural and Heritage Minister Tony Ince.
MacMillan presided over formal festivities that opened with a flag-raising ceremony.
“This is a nation whose people, although empowered with greatness and talents, remain understated and humble,” he said.
“This is a nation we are so very proud to call home.”
From left: town CAO Lisa MacDonald and Mayor Barrie MacMillan accept a community spirit award from Brigadier-General (retired) and Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. (Goodwin photo)