Dawson Creek Celebrates Spirit of BC Week 2008

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Dawson Creek, one of more than 100 communities to celebrate Spirit of BC Week, held an opening event for 4,500 residents that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the City of Dawson Creek. Fifty pictures chosen in the 50th Anniversary Photo Contest were displayed and there were performances by the Lindsay Molson School of Dance and the Northern Shadow Dancers. In addition, a Spirit of Literacy Day drew 80 participants to celebrate life long learning and literacy with keynote speakers and workshops covering a wide variety of topics.

A free family skate brought 90 people to Memorial Arena, and Tate Creek School and Rolla Traditional School celebrated by hosting a day of skiing for students at Bear Mountain Ski Hill. Other festivities included a Dinner and Dance, an Elementary School Curling Bonspiel, and a two-day tournament for the senior boys' basketball teams.

Dawson Creek Art Gallery opened the exhibit Muskwa-Kechika, a project that brought together artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a creative way to provide information on the Muskwa-Kechika Wilderness Management Area. Fifty people attended the South Peace Potpourri, an event that celebrated cultural diversity by showcasing talents of indigenous musicians and performers in the community.

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.