Alaina Lockhart

Your member of parliament for

Fundy Royal

Alaina Lockhart

Your member of parliament for

Fundy Royal


Sussex SummerFEST Canada 150 Funding

Our Communities: At the Heart of Celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017

Left to Right: Sussex May Marc Thorne; Rhoda Wilson, James Keirstead, Jason Thorne (Sussex SummerFEST Committee); Fundy Royal MP Alaina Lockhart; Patricia Stout & Tom McLaughlin (Sussex SummerFEST Committee)

2nd of June, 2017 – Sussex, NB – The Town of Sussex will be celebrating Canada 150 by organizing a festival that will bring the community together with a shared vision of a two-week  festival that celebrates the rich history and culture of Sussex.

The theme for this year’s inaugural event is centered on telling the town’s story for Canada 150. During the festival period, residents of Sussex and surrounding areas will actively participate in celebrating the sesquicentennial by taking part in a number of activities led by the SummerFEST committee and several other community organizations.

Events such as art projects for youth; a mural scavenger hunt; guided mural tours with a theatre component; an antique auto cruise night; a stand-up comedian and concerts will provide opportunities for us to come together to celebrate Canada’s diversity in inclusive ways.

The festival will conclude with a community gathering which will incorporate Sussex’s edition of “The Tale of a Town – Canada”. The Tale of a Town is a multi-platform project, in collaboration with The National Arts Centre of Canada, designed specifically to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. A team from media company FIXT POINT has already visited to begin collecting stories from the residents of Sussex to define what community means to them and will compile a story based on the audio interviews.

Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, announced funding today in the amount of $15,000 to the Town of Sussex for their festival. She made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

To make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember, the Government of Canada has invested in local, regional and Canada-wide projects.  Canada 150 is the perfect time to highlight what makes communities all across the country so unique, diverse and vibrant.

“In 2017, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. Our government has created opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations. Communities across the country are proudly taking part in the festivities throughout the year to mark this significant anniversary in Canada’s history. Join the celebrations taking place in your community!”The Honourable Mélanie JolyMinister of Canadian Heritage

“Canada 150 is a defining moment in the history of our people and our community. The Sussex SummerFEST volunteers have combined their diverse backgrounds and skillsets to bring their shared vision to life. I am proud to share in the celebration of our vibrant community as the country commemorates Canada 150. In fact, I believe celebrations in communities across Canada really bring the diversity of our country to life.”Alaina LockhartMP for Fundy Royal

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150thanniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
  • The Canada 150 Fund, established in April 2015, has an overall budget of $200 million.
  • Through this Fund, the Government of Canada invests strategically in activities that support the 150thanniversary vision and promote the direct involvement of Canadians.

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Sheri Shannon
Program Manager
Office of Alaina Lockhart, MP