Campbell River Celebrates Spirit of BC Week 2008

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Residents of Campbell River, one more than 100 communities celebrating Spirit of BC Week 2008, launched festivities with an official Spirit Week 2008 Flag Raising.

A story-writing contest drew 90 entries about the Spirit of BC in Campbell River; the six prize-winning stories were published in the local newspaper. Other activities included a Much Music Video Dance Party for Campbell River youth. Also, the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex hosted a Spirit of BC Week free swim and skate and the Flying Fitness Squad visited seven locations in the community, leading about 80 participants in a winter Olympics themed exercise routine.

In addition, there was a screening of Niiggaanibatowaad: FrontRunners, a film that describes the segregation of Aboriginal athletes, abuse suffered in the residential school system and how survival, hope, and reconciliation can transcend hatred and racism.

Spirit of BC Week is an annual province-wide celebration of British Columbia and its unique communities. Held each February, it is a week of over 300 events and activities showcasing local programs and services that strengthen community arts, literacy, sport, recreation and volunteerism. The celebration is supported by the Province of British Columbia.