On June 29th, the Canada Summer Games Torch Relay will pass through the vibrant community of Morden. Located in the rolling hills of the Pembina Valley of Southern Manitoba, Morden is known for its rich culture and active arts scene.
Morden was founded in 1882, but it’s home to history that goes back millions of years. The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre showcases marine fossils from the seaway that once covered the area. Morden is also home to the largest collection of marine vertebrates in Canada, including a mosasaur named Bruce, the largest publicly displayed mosasaur in the world.
The small Manitoban town is also known for their Morden Corn & Apple Festival. Started in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial, it has grown into a three-day festival that attracts over 40,000 people yearly. The free event features live music performances, children’s activities, a parade and, of course, free corn on the cob and apple cider.
Eleven local torchbearers will carry the Roly McLenahan torch on the two-kilometre relay in Morden.
Krista Hildebrand’s parents secretly nominated her to be a torchbearer. She won gold in air pistol during the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, and can’t wait to relive the energy and spirit of the Games so close to home.
It’s important to Hildebrand to share her knowledge of her sport and she will be volunteering as an air rifle coach at the Morden Junior Rifle Club at the end of the year.
“Every coach, range officer, match coordinator and person helping at each event, they have all been volunteers,” says Hildebrand. “I wouldn't have gotten to where I am in my sport without the help of volunteers.”
Torchbearer Julie Kalinowski, a public high school teacher in Morden, was nominated by a fellow teacher for her community involvement and enthusiasm.
She believes strongly in the importance of working to make our communities positive places in which our children can thrive and explore possibilities. Kalinowski says, “The spirit of the Canada Games is rooted in working together to celebrate diversity while recognizing our core cultural values of equality and freedom.”
She’s excited to see the Canada Games athletes compete and achieve their goals on a national stage – especially since 2017 is Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Games!
It is not the first time that Morden has participated in national sporting events. The town recently held the 2017 Esso Cup, welcoming Canada’s best women’s ice hockey players for a six-day tournament. Morden is excited to feel the national energy and welcome the 2017 Canada Summer Games torch into its community.
Take part in celebrating our torchbearers at the community BBQ following the torch relay. The relay starts at 10:30 a.m. at Manitoba Hydro, and the BBQ begins at 12:00 p.m.
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