June 11, 2014
NPA continues to support Nanaimo’s “Signature Programs”
Jun 11, 2014
Nanaimo Port Authority continues to support Nanaimo’s “Signature Programs” for Visitors with donations to the Nanaimo Museum and the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
The Nanaimo Port Authority continues to assist the Nanaimo Museum and the Nanaimo Art Gallery with donations in 2014. See picture featuring Nanaimo Port Authority’s Director Jeet Manhas (right) and Nanaimo Museum Chair John Manning (left) and young girl firing the cannon.
The Bastion Information Centre and Cannon Firings provide historic glimpses into Nanaimo’s past, a favourite with visitors to Nanaimo. NPA President & CEO Bernie Dumas comments: “These venues offer visitors a memorable experience for Nanaimo with the historic Hudson’s Bay Bastion dating back to Nanaimo’s origins in the mid -1800’s. The canon firing provides some visitors with the opportunity to fire the cannon, an experience that stays with people for a long time.”
Debbie Trueman – General Manager – Nanaimo Museum comments on over 25 years of support from the Nanaimo Port Authority for the Bastion Centre and Canon Firing Ceremony: “This year’s $3000 donation from the Port Authority enables us to provide the cannon firing at noon and the Bastion Visitor Centre seven days a week. With their consistent generosity we are able to highlight a significant local tradition and draw visitors to Nanaimo’s many amenities and services through our historic information centre.”
The Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Festival of Banners provide various themes each year that beautify City streets and creates memorable impressions for thousands of summer visitors and residents. Seen in the picture is Nanaimo Port Authority Director Merv Unger with Art Gallery President Deborah Giunio-Zorkin (left) and Interim Executive / Artistic Director Jesse Birch (right) holding the $2000 donation from the Nanaimo Port Authority. The Port Authority began its support for the Festival of Banners in 1992.
Mr. Bernie Dumas, explains: “On occasion, I talk with visitors and new residents who see the colourful banners and are impressed with this artistic program in our community. The Nanaimo Port Authority is pleased to support what has become a summer tradition and what makes a visible difference for Nanaimo’s image.”
Mr. Dumas comments on both programs: “The Bastion/Cannon Ceremony and the Festival of Banners are signature programs for Nanaimo, a beautiful Port city. These activities profile important historical events and provide evidence of local pride that we express as residents and that visitors appreciate from many destinations.”
The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authority’s across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbor for cargo operations.
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Mr. Bernie Dumas
President & CEO – Nanaimo Port Authority