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June 24, 2024

Counting our blessings on July 1st

 Colleen Boer, Catherine Plener, & Peter Whitehead

Photo: Colleen Boer, Catherine Plener, & Peter Whitehead ready to serve breakfast.

BY BARRY PENHALE — As we approach Canada Day, Grey Highlanders will be among the many Canadians on July 1st to give thanks for life in a country free of war and oppressive dictators. Yes, our country is far from perfect and in various ways we can do better. But fortunately, as is well-known, we Canadians punch above our weight, welcoming newcomers in search of better lives, and helping others internationally. In this way we are the very best kind of neighbour.

Historically, residents of the County of Grey can take pride in the remarkable achievements of two native sons and one exceptional daughter. Of course, there are more than three individuals worthy of mention. But today the writer has chosen to single out three area personalities justifiably famous in their time. This formidable trio is comprised of Dr. Norman Bethune, Billy Bishop, and Agnes Campbell Macphail. These giants of their era rank highly on any list of notable Canadians. Genuine heroes, they individually through their actions proved that Canadian history is anything but dull. I suggest that they should be remembered not only on Canada Day but year-round.

Locally there are many ways to observe Canada Day, with the Friends of the Museum Breakfast high on the list. 

This popular event returns to the Kinplex in Flesherton and doors are open to Canada Day celebrants from 8:00 to 11:00 am, but the popularity of the gluten-free waffles and berries is such, that visitors are advised to not be a late-comer. Along with the food and the excellent Highland Grounds tea and coffee, youngsters and adults alike will find themselves being entertained by the delightful Melanie Rosen, whose skills as a clown practitioner have been honed over many years, including a lengthy tenure at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Ms. Rosen, a resident of Kimberley, is returning by popular demand to be part of the Friends’ Canada Day Breakfast for the third year in a row. Attendees are encouraged to dress colourfully, as along with museum supporters we celebrate Canada Day in style. Complimentary mementos including Canadian flags will be on hand at the Friends of the Museum welcome table. All made possible the combined support of the Municipality of Grey Highlands and the Government of Canada.

The Canada Day Breakfast is at the Kinplex from 8-11 am July 1st, 102 Highland Drive, Flesherton.


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