Esquimalt Centennial Kickoff October 8 2011

For over 20 years, Esquimalt was my home, and Saxe Point my neighbourhood. It’s here we raised our family and got involved in local grass roots community building and politics.  We loved the small town feel, and the easy access to beaches, a world class rock climbing face, beautiful parks, a recreation centre, library, town square and shopping plaza. My children went to the region’s francophone school École Victor-Brodeur, located on Head Street.

I’m now in a new area, but retain close ties to the Place of Shoaling Waters.

Esquimalt celebrates it’s centennial in 2012. When my friend Janet Jones mentioned she was on the organizing committee for the festivities , I promised to keep a close eye out and attend.

Saturday October 8th marked the Kickoff to a year of celebration. It seemed like the entire municipality had assembled in the Town Square to show their pride.

Janet Jones and Mayor Barb Desjardins

The Esquimalt Lions served hot dogs, Country Grocer provided birthday cake, Councillor Megan Brame braved the dunk tank, Esquimalt Fire-Rescue set up displays and demonstrations (including a high-ladder truck), Esquimalt Recreation provided a very popular bouncy castle and craft tables for the small ones.  Many other community organizations were represented.

The stage was packed with high quality entertainment with styles for all ages – youth, boomers and seniors.

Bravo to the Centennial Committee for a fantastic kickoff!

For more information:

You can reach the Esquimalt Centennial Committee at 250 414 7101

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Be sure to save the date of September 8, 2012 for a Gala Event!

Esquimalt Centennial 2012. Honouring our past. Celebrating our present. Imagining our future.

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  1. Janis, this is an amazing account of an amazing day! This is what living in Esquimalt is all about. You have captured it perfectly. Thank you and great work!

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