I recently joined Steveston Rotary Club, as a means of connecting with my community and offering my services towards projects that change lives for the better. So my Sunday theme for the Ultimate Blog Challenge, will be Community based topics, and why I get involved. So one of the initial Rotary projects was participating in my first parade today; The Canada Day parade for Steveston Salmon Festival 2012. The temperature practically dropped into the single digits and my pirate costume wasn’t nearly warm enough but it didn’t matter for the excitement and the anticipation of the crowd made it all worthwhile.
Our pirate ship float actually won second place, based on decoration, team spirit and charm towards the judges (or it could have just been the chocolate we offered them). Regardless of prizes, it was a lot of fun handing out our chocolate gold doubloons to the happy kids along the route.
As I continue to develop relationships in my small and historic town, it makes me feel good to be able to walk through my neighbourhood and know so many people in the community. Even on such a dark and wintry July day, it was warming to see so many smiling faces along the parade and enjoying the spirit of the holiday!
I’ve included a few pictures below of some highlights of the day – Thanks to the Richmond Fire Department for running my son through his paces in the kids rescue simulation course. He had a blast, and the “baby” he saved is grateful.
I wish thee a hearty ARRRR, and a rip snortin’ Canada Day all you land lubbers!