OTTAWA, ONTARIO, December 19, 2006 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased to mark the 25th anniversary of Parks Canada's Co-operating Association Program.
"I am extremely proud to recognize Parks Canada's "Friends" as we
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Co operating Association
Program," said Minister Ambrose. "The significant relationship Parks
Canada enjoys with the voluntary sector demonstrates the long term
support, involvement and shared stewardship of Canadians in our
national historic sites, national parks and national marine
conservations areas across the country."
Launched in 1981 with six associations, as of this year the program
involves thousands of members, volunteers and staff affiliated with 55
co-operating associations contributing to 73 national historic sites,
national parks and national marine conservations areas across Canada
and in every province.
In recognition of their invaluable support, Parks Canada is
presenting each co-operating association with a commemorative table-top
sculpture entitled "The Volunteer Flame". Created by Anthony Testa, the
sculpture was designed to symbolize the emotion, energy and fire within
each volunteer. These sculptures will be presented at a series of local
celebrations in honor of each association across the country over the
next number of months.
"Our "friends" are very valuable partners who contribute daily to
providing memorable experiences to our visitors, and help connect our
operations with surrounding communities," added the Minister.
Co-operating associations are non-profit charitable organizations whose
activities contribute greatly to Parks Canada's mandate.
Co-operating associations annually generate an estimated $10
million in revenue and provide approximately 60,000 hours of volunteer
effort, which support their ongoing contribution to Canada's national
historic sites, national parks and national marine conservations areas.
These "Friends" organizations offer services such as gift shops and
other retail operations within designated heritage areas, contribute to
special interpretative programs, and support local improvements and
restoration projects through community action.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
National Corporate Communications Branch
Source: Parks Canada
Parks Canada Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Co-operating Association ProgramWednesday, 20 December 2006
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased to mark the 25th anniversary of Parks Canada's Co-operating Association Program.
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