By Lydia Ordусez-Niles

January 1st marks the official start of Port Credit’s much anticipated 175th Anniversary Celebrations. The Port Credit 175th Anniversary Executive Committee, Team Leaders and volunteers have been busy preparing special activities to commemorate this special year in Port Credit. Involvement by groups, individuals and organizations including Heritage Mississauga, The Mississauga South Historical Society and Museums of Mississauga ensures that 2010 will be a fun and memorable year in Port Credit. Heritage Mississauga and The Mississauga South Historical Society have been assisting us with wonderful photos and information for the year long events. This has been fun and informative seeing these photos for the first time. One of the many projects by Museums of Mississauga includes historic walking tours from April until October on the last Saturday of each month.

The Anniversary Celebration Day is on July 1, 2010 that we will be sharing along side Canada Day in Port Credit Memorial Park. Heritage Mississauga will be organizing the Sunrise Ceremony as well as the Native Component. There will be activities, entertainment, period costumes, pioneer breakfast and lunch, information and much more happening during the day. This will be a free day for all to enjoy.

Examples of commemorative events and projects happening throughout the entire year include, a Commemorative Flower Bed, a hallmark City Council meeting that will be held at the historical Clarke Hall, an ARTconnect project which will provide an art piece for generations to remember, live theater in November and many other additional events and projects. Something that we are very excited about is a Time Capsule; this will be viewed in the Port Credit Arena once the renovations are completed. The Time Capsule will be opened in 2035. This is a legacy that will be left behind for the future generations.

What a terrific group of people that the Port Credit 175th Anniversary Executive Committee is thrilled to be working with. BRAVO to everyone! Here is to celebrating Port Credit’s past, pride and future, all 175 years of it!