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nounced by Rt. Hon. Georges P. Vanier, Chief Scout of Canada. Mr. Dark is one of 10 scout leaders in all of Canada to receive the Silver Acorn. He served as district Commissioner of Portage la Prairie, and was also a member of Portage district council. Later he was Vice-President of the Provincial council.
Canada's Centennial year, 1967, was filled with colorful cele brations in Portage la Prairie. Added to the sporting events and annual festivities, which are described in other sections of this book, there were other interesting activities.
An unestimable number of people gathered around the City Hall, and thronged along Saskatchewan Avenue to see "The Pony Express" arrive with a message, which was going across Canada in the fashion of the olden days, and was to become the property of Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth. Mayor H. L. Henderson, dressed in appropriate (for the occasion) style, and mounted on a spirited horse, greeted the riders in front of the City Hall. The Indian Glee Club couldn't sing the Canada song with more spirit than they did that dayJ The day ended with an evening of entertain ment in the Arena.
The "Voyageurs" added a lot of color to the local scene when they arrived the latter part of June. They spent a day in Portage Ia Prairie, tented overnight at Island Park, and continued their journey eastward, on the Assiniboine River on June 27th, 1967.
There was also the Centennial train, with its interior vividly depicting 1O0 years of Canadian history, that all Portagers will long remember.
We should have mentioned sooner, that Brenda Joan Hodgins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hodgins, 613 Tupper St., was born 18 minutes after Canada's Centennial year began. (This might be an item of interest to descendents, many years hence.)
The Local Council of Women celebrated their 50th anniversary that year with a Centennial banquet. Mr. D. L. Campbell, M.L.A. was the guest speaker.
The Salvation Army was marking 100 years of service in 1961, and a new Citadel was built.
Long Plains Indians held a three-day pow-wow, which drew 500 participants to the area, in August; and the Centennial Museum attracted 200 at opening ceremonies in November of 1967.
If time and space allowed, much more could be told about Canada's Centennial year. May it suffice to say that Portagers were