June shaping up with lots of festivals, concerts and BBQs

By Kathy Rowe

May was a busy month in our community and June is shaping up to be just as busy for our Centennial residents. Festivals, concerts, community barbecues and walkathons for good causes. Let’s hope that our summer weather gives us lots of sunshine and warm days so that we can enjoy the fun events ahead.

Charlottetown’s 50th Anniversary

On Saturday, May 5, I attended the event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Charlottetown Junior Public School. What a wonderful party that was! More than 200 people attended the celebration that day. The festivities began with the singing of O Canada, which was led by a group of  adorable kindergarten children on stage. Many teachers enjoyed reuniting with past students and staff. Past principal Bill Sparks made an appearance. Bill was principal at Charlottetown between 1989 and 1994.

Impressive speeches of congratulations were given by current principal Peter Sellenkowitsch, four articulate Grade 6 students, school trustee Jerry Chadwick and MP Gary Anandasangaree. A ceremonial cake cutting was done by Greig McCracken who was principal of Charlottetown from 1999 to 2010. A time capsule that was put together in 1993 was opened for all attendees to see. The school was set up beautifully with many photos and picture albums of years gone by. Congratulations to the staff and students who worked so hard to make the event a wonderful success.

A Fond Farewell

 I would like to say a fond farewell to past CCRA president Jennifer McKelvie. She was our president for two years. I stepped into her shoes back in November and Jennifer remained on our board up until April 30. She has since resigned from the board to pursue other goals. Jennifer was an excellent leader and team player. We know that she will excel in her future endeavours. Thanks for all you did for the CCRA, Jennifer! We are pleased that you will remain in the community and that you are only a phone call away.

Newspaper Break

We will be taking a much-deserved summer break from publishing. There will be no CCRA Centennial News issues published for the months of July and August. But our newspaper will be back in business for the month of September.

I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy summer.