COVID-19 has become a consideration in most everything we do outside the home.
And while the pandemic virus has forced the cancellation of many major events, some have found a way forward while incorporating public health protocols.
Many were disappointed in April when the Port Dover Lions cancelled their annual Canada Day celebration due to the COVID-19 threat. The fact thousands of spectators line Main Street several rows deep for the Canada Day parade was a major consideration, as was the difficulty of mounting a parade that respects social-distancing health orders.
However, “a small group of passionate-about-Port Dover and very proud Canadians” came together earlier this month to organize a Canada Day event in its place that they call “Quietly Canadian in Port Dover.” Brian Jamieson, treasurer of the Port Dover Lions Club, confirmed that the Lions are not formally involved.
“That’s correct,” he said, lauding the Quietly Canadian in Port Dover group for keeping the patriotic flame burning despite the public health emergency.
“It shows some spirit that people still want to recognize Canada Day. People have asked if there is something that can be done, but people are still concerned about the virus and the measures put in place to deal with it.”
According to Quietly Canadian literature, the high point comes after lunch on Canada Day. Port Dover residents will be encouraged to gather on their front lawns and on sidewalks at 1 p.m. to wave the flag and sing the national anthem.
Participants will also be encouraged to shout out cheers and encouragement until 1:30 p.m. for essential front-line employees who are “working so hard to keep us safe, well-fed and stocked up during recent months.”
“We have chosen the name `Quietly Canadian in Port Dover’ in recognition of the fact that – although this year’s July 1 will be somewhat downplayed and our town will not be brimming with thousands of revellers and parade watchers as usual, our personal pride in being Canadian and our gratitude for living here in Norfolk can and will be expressed,” the “Quietly Canadian in Port Dover Crew” says in an information circular.
The celebration includes colouring, poetry and essay contests for young people on the theme of “Why I love Canada Day in Port Dover.”
There will also be home- and business-decorating contests with cash prizes available to the top entrants. More information is available at the Quietly Canadian in Port Dover Facebook page.