ABOUT CANADA DAY IN WILMOT

A family-friendly celebration of Community and Canada

In-Person Canada Day Festivities
Return to Wilmot for 2022

After a two-year hiatus from in-person activities the Canada Day in Wilmot volunteer organizers are pleased to announce the event’s return for Canada Day 2022 on Friday July 1st.

 

In consultation with public health, the 2022 event will focus on the outdoor aspects of the traditional family-focused activities to limit any last-minute disruptions to the planned activities. All public health guidelines that are in place at the time of the event will be followed.


The 2022 festivities will mark a new direction for local Canada Day festivities. While the public gathers to celebrate the values Canadians continuously aspire to, this is also a time to remember the past and commit to working for a brighter future for all.
 

Over this past year guidance was sought from the Indigenous community, particularly Indigenous Elder Nina De Shane on how a day celebrating peace, friendship, respect, community, family, and this country’s future - it’s children, can move forward side-by-side in a meaningful and respectful way.
 

The 2022 festivities will mark the 40th anniversary of Canada Day being celebrated within Wilmot.
 

The day’s activities will begin at roughly 5:45 am with an Indigenous Sunrise Ceremony, to welcome the beginning of a new day, as well as express appreciation and thanks for life and nature.
 

Canada Day in Wilmot will take place in front of the Grandstands at Norm S. Hill Park at 251 Jacob Street, New Hamburg, ON, Canada.  To ensure the high caliber of entertainment that’s expected from the community can continue a modest $5 admission fee for attendees 14 and over is expected to be in place.
 

The opening ceremonies will commence at 2:00 pm with brief words of welcome from local Indigenous elders and community dignitaries. The Kids Zone and Vendors Market will officially open at the conclusion of opening ceremonies.
 

Free Canada Day cake will be served courtesy of the Township of Wilmot.

 

For the first time in Wilmot organizers are delighted to welcome the Ultimutts Stunt Dog (and Cat) Show. Ultimutts is a one-of-a-kind show featuring a variety of fantastic furry performers, who were rescued as unwanted pets. These 4-legged stars of Movie and TV are eager to show off their stunts, tricks, and demonstrations for Canada Day attendees.
 

Acclaimed children’s entertainer and community favourite Erick Traplin returns to perform his highly interactive family-friendly show.

Canada’s premier cover band Orangeman had a great time with the audience in 2019 and will return with their show featuring top party songs from the 70’s, 80's, 90's and a few top-40 hits played to perfection.
 

To conclude the fun filled family-friendly Canada Day in Wilmot festivities will be a very special Fireworks display that will light up the night sky and fill hearts with hope. 

More exciting news and details are to come leading up to the big day. 
 

If you are passionate about community, family and working towards a brighter future for all, the Canada Day in Wilmot volunteer organizers encourage you to share 2 hours of your day for the community.  
 
To learn more about this year’s Canada Day festivities please visit  www.canadadayinwilmot.com or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @CanadaDayWilmot and on Facebook at @CanadaDayInWilmot.

MISSION STATEMENT

Canada Day in Wilmot is a not-for-profit single-day festival celebrating Canada Day and the shared values of this country and its communities - integrity, hard work, friendship, compassion, respect, inclusion, equality and diversity.

The day is designed to foster these core values we all aspire to uphold through fun, educational and entertaining family-friendly activities while supporting local businesses, artists and our community partners.

With community support, through public donations and corporate partners the committee endeavors to make this a self-sustaining annual event for many years to come.

LEADERSHIP
ANGIE HALLMAN

Volunteer, Canada Day in Wilmot Event Manager

In addition to being a New Hamburg based business owner since 2008, Angie is a passionate volunteer, supporter, and leader of various community initiatives. Many know her as the “Splash Pad Lady” as she organized and successfully led the Wilmot Splash Pad team through various fundraising initiatives.

Angie and the team of volunteers helped the Wilmot Splash Pad initiative secure $25,000 in additional funding and became the 9th stop on the cross-country Kraft Celebration Tour.  This event featured a live special edition of TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE featuring anchors Rod Smith and Kate Beirness, a free community BBQ and activities for all ages. This was all made possible by many local volunteers. An estimated 4,000 people attended this celebration at Norm S. Hill Park in New Hamburg and garnered national media exposure for Wilmot Township.

Angie, along with a few of the Wilmot Splash Pad volunteer co-organizers understood the magnitude of what was envisioned for the Canada Day 150 celebrations and teamed up with New Hamburg Canada Day lead-organizer Tina Broda in 2017.

Later that year New Hamburg Canada Day Committee Chair Tina Broda officially announced her retirement from the event after diligently serving the community in the role for the past 5 years. Ms. Broda was recognized with a plaque to commemorate this significant community-focused accomplishment.

The following year the event was rebranded as Canada Day in Wilmot to ensure each corner of the Township felt included in the annual celebrations.

In addition to now serving the community as a local councilor since 2018, Angie is a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention advocate as well as being a school Parent Council Member and a parent volunteer. Each year she volunteered for the Wimot Agriculture Society's Fall Fair. She is also a former Girl Guide Leader for the Sparks Unit.

Angie, and Canada Day in Wilmot volunteer organizers continue to aspire to ensure the event is welcoming to anyone who wishes to participate.

Volunteers Appreciated

We'll need volunteers for various support roles such as directing vendors to their parking spot/vendor spot and assisting at various entrances and issuing a wrist bands. 

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