As we come out of the pandemic, the importance of volunteers contributing to the well-being of a community has never been more important. Yet the pool of people willing to offer their time is dwindling. We need to find inspirations to show us the way and set the examples for the generations of today and tomorrow. The Canada Day Committee always seeks to accomplish this in recognizing community members as our honorary president. For 2022, the Committee has chosen someone who personifies this dedication, and who at his age, still offers his precious time today to the community. The Canada Day Committee is proud to announce as its honorary president for the 2022 Canada Day celebrations, Mr. Albert Allen.
Albert grew up in Montreal and began his career working as an electrician, eventually becoming a draftsman. He married Sandy Potts in 1965, a love story which continued right up to Sandy’s passing in 2016. Albert and Sandy moved to Deux-Montagnes in 1978, purchasing their house on 16th Avenue from Albert’s parents, a home where Albert continues to live in today.
It is hard to dissociate Albert from Sandy when you talk about their volunteering. For 30+ years, whether it was helping seniors at Manoir St-Eustache, offering food for Meals on Wheels, supporting the various Lions Club activities or helping celebrate Canada Day, Albert and Sandy were always there to give their time and make our community better.
Albert and Sandy continued their volunteerism well beyond Albert’s retirement in 2002. After Sandy’s passing in 2016, Albert continued this legacy by offering his culinary skills for Meals on Wheels. And Albert currently teaches a wood-carving class pro-bono. Albert will certainly be seen at the Canada Day kitchen this year. Albert has always been a do-ers, and because of his dedication to our community, we are all richer for it. The Committee congratulates Albert Allen on his many years of volunteerism and service to our region.
Deux-Montagnes, June 14, 2022– The schedule for the 51st edition of Canada Day celebrated in Deux-Montagnes, was announced at a press conference held yesterday at City Hall. The Mayor of Deux-Montagnes, Mr. Denis Martin, and the President of the Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes, Mr. Tom Whitton have invited the entire MRC population to gather in large numbers on Friday, July 1st at Central Park in Deux-Montagnes.
“It is an honour for the City of Deux-Montagnes to be a partner for Canada Day. After two years of the pandemic. The desire to gather together around our common values is more evident than ever. I salute the commitment of the organizing committee for putting together festivities which will allow for the entire population of the MRC, from young to old alike, to come celebrate here which collectively gives us pride in being Canadian,” declared Mr. Denis Martin, Mayor of Deux-Montagnes.
For his part, Mr. Tom Whitton, Committee President, mentioned, “We have al gone through difficult moments since Spring 2020. A return to our traditional, open-air celebration at Central Park is an important step towards a return to a normal life. Also, Deux-Montagnes is, by far, the best place to celebrate Canada Day on the North Shore or in the Greater Montreal Region. I must thank our partners, the City of Deux-Montagnes, the Government of Canada, Desjardins – Caisse de Saint-Eustache/Deux-Montagnes and Selection Retraite Deux-Montagnes for their substantial contribution to our memorable cultural event.”
At noon, an opening ceremony will take place, with the signing of our national anthem, “O Canada” in the presence of dignitaries and our Honorary President for 2022, Mr. Albert Allen. Mr. Allen, a resident of Deux-Montagnes for more than 40 years, is well known for his volunteering with numerous organizations over more than 30 years, including le Manoir St-Eustache, Meals on Wheels, the Lions Club and Canada Day. He continues today by offering his time as a cook for Meals on Wheels or by teaching wood carving classes.
The day will continue with many family activities: face-painting, train rides, horseshoes tournament, bingo, inflatables and a circus workshop offered by les Forains Abyssaux. New this year, a Zumba Class (presented by Sélection Retraite Deux-Montagnes) and an obstacle course race organized by Équilibre au Carré. Also, from 9:30am-4pm, the group “Véhicules Antiques des Patriotes de Saint-Eustache” will provide access to many of their vintage vehicles for fans of these fabulous machines.
Live music featuring artists from the region will be presented from 3pm to midnight. The headlining band is “Journey to the Grand Illusion”, a special tribute to Journey and Styx, not forgetting, of course, the spectacular fireworks display, presented by the City of Deux-Montagnes, which will fill the sky at 10pm.
“Again this year, the Caisse Desjardins of Saint-Eustache/Deux-Montagnes is happy to be a partner in Canada Day. As a cooperative, the Caisse has as its mission to contribute to the social and economic well-being of our society, and being a part of festivities in our community is another concrete example of our contribution,” underlined Mr. Neil Hawthorn, Director General of Caisse Desjardins.
Finally, we must also highlight the support from our major sponsor for the event: Tri-Tex Co. and Benoit Charette, Provincial MNA for Deux-Montagnes.
For more information, please consult www.celebrationcanada-mrcdm.ca, as well as the committee’s Facebook page (@CanadaMRCDM). If you would like to volunteer for the day, please contact Christine Neumayer at 514 827-1361.
FULL DETAILED SCHEDULE – CANADA DAY 2022
(Schedule subject to change without notice)
Friday, July 1st, 2022 : Central Park, 13th Avenue, south of Oka Road
9:30 am-4 pm
Vintage Car Show (15th Avenue)
Opening Ceremony – Singing of the National Anthem, ‘’O Canada’’
Zumba, presented by Sélection Retraite Deux-Montagnes
1:30 pm-4 pm
Obstacle Course, organized by Equilibre au carré
Egg Toss (12 years old and up)
Noon – 8 pm
Municipal Pool – Free non-resident access (adults only noon to 1 pm and 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
“Journey to the Grand Illusion” – A Tribute to Journey and Styx
Fireworks, presented by the City of Deux-Montagnes
For everyone’s safety, animals are not allowed on site. All food & beverages other than those sold on site are not permitted. Please encourage the event by purchasing your food and drink on site. These sales go directly towards offsetting the costs for the festivities, including the fireworks display. Please note that the streets which border Central Park will be closed as of 7:00 PM.
With limits on in person activities due to the pandemic, we have decided to offer two family classes at Central Park (13th Avenue, Deux-Montagnes). Cheryl Dore will bring her enthusiasm and her energy with a Zumba class at 2pm. And Patrick Long (Équilibre au carré) will be on hand to challenge us with his Bootcamp at 3pm. FOR ALL AGES!!!!!
Thursday, July 1st, 12:30pm (After Opening Ceremony at 12pm)
Start, Veterans Hall (Legion), 141 Grand-Moulin, Deux-Montagnes
Back for 2021 is our Opening Ceremony and our Community Ride. Residents of the MRC are asked to decorate their vehicles to celebrate Canada Day and our “Every Child Matters” theme. A ceremony at noon will kick off the day at Veterans Hall, including the singing of O Canada, followed by a drive around Deux-Montagnes!
The Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes is proud to present the 50th edition of Canada Day in Deux-Montagnes on Thursday, July 1st, 2021. Unfortunately, again due to the pandemic, we will be unable to hold our usual, open air celebration with family activities, concerts, and fireworks at Deux-Montagnes’ Central Park. The reopening is progressing well and if Canada Day was September 1st, everything would probably be do-able, but this is not the case. We are, nonetheless, going to do our best to provide an opportunity for all residents of the Deux-Montagnes MRC to celebrate Canada Day, with a combination of actual and virtual events, providing fun for all ages.
Our theme for 2021 is simply “Every Child Matters”. We can no longer celebrate Canada’s birthday without also recognizing our deficiencies in order to become a better nation. Residential schools for First Nations children were abhorrent. The news regarding finding the remains of 215 young children buried at an old residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia was upsetting. We have an obligation as Canadians to do better, not just to acknowledge our past, but to act now and for the future. We seek to bring awareness to this all important issue and as such will use Canada Day as a vehicle for this awareness and as an opportunity for reflection on our Canadian values.
Back for 2021 is our Opening Ceremony and our Community Ride. Residents of the MRC are asked to decorate their vehicles to celebrate Canada Day and our “Every Child Matters” theme. A ceremony at noon will kick off the day at Veterans Hall, including the singing of O Canada, followed by a drive around Deux-Montagnes! We will offer a limited program at Central Park, with the return of our traditional Horseshoes Tournament, along with a Family Zumba class and a Family Bootcamp class. Unfortunately, no food or drinks will be available for sale on site. With our reopening not fully there yet, we will be back online for Virtual Bingo in the afternoon (sign up by June 27th by sending an e-mail to CanadaDayBingo2Mo@gmail.com. The cost is $15.
The evening festivities are also virtual again for 2021. This year, two shows will be presented on our YouTube channel: (1) A condensed version of our Opening Ceremony and Community Ride will be broadcasted at 7:30pm for those who could not be at Veterans Hall at noon. (2) At 8pm, a one-hour show will be presented which will feature requested Canadian songs from you, the residents of the Deux-Montagnes MRC, along with a slideshow of previous Canada Days. The show will also feature two special performances by Skyline Drive.
For our 2021 Canada Day Virtual Celebration to be broadcasted the evening of July 1st on YouTube, we will be incorporating a Canadian music playlist selected by YOU, the residents of the MRC Deux-Montagnes region, including out First Nations friends from Kanesatake! To request a song, please submit to us a video of your request, filmed horizontally (i.e. landscape, not portrait) at the best resolution possible with:
where you live,
the name of the song,
the name of the Canadian artist, and
why you would like to hear this song in the show. It could be your favourite song – it could hold special meaning or remind you of a particular time in your life.
The video should ideally be no longer than 30 seconds. The song could be from any era to any style of music. Not every request will make the show, but those song which are selected will be introduced using these video requests. The video file can be sent using a file transfer tool (ex. WeTransfer, MS OneDrive, Google Drive) to TomWhittonDM@gmail.com. The deadline to submit your request is Sunday, June 6th. We look forward to receiving your submission.