OTTAWA (June 29, 2017) –Some of Canada’s greatest Paralympic athletes – including all-time leading Games medallist Tim McIsaac- will participate in the CIBC Canada Day community celebrations on July 1 at various cities across Canada.
As is the case for Canada, CIBC is also celebrating its 150th birthday. The community gatherings on July 1 will showcase what Canadians have said they stand for, while encouraging them to continue to share what Canada means to them.
Each event will include a stage show profiling the past, present and future of Canada, an affirmation / re-affirmation of commitment to Canada with the reciting of the oath, a celebration of community with community heroes on stage (including our Paralympians) and a performance of Canada’s national anthem.
The athletes and all participants are being invited to share what they, as Canadian citizens, Stand For by using the hashtag #StandforCanada, on social media.
Here are the Paralympians participating in the CIBC events (all times local)
- Liam Stanley, Para athletics, Legislative Grounds, Victoria, B.C., at 4:50 p.m.
- John Leslie, Para snowboard, Whistler Mountain, Whistler, B.C., at 2 p.m.
- Katelyn Wright, sitting volleyball, Legislative Grounds, Edmonton, Atla., at 4:50 p.m.
- Bob Fenton, CPC board member, Olympic Place, Calgary, 2 p.m.
- Miranda Biletski, wheelchair rugby, Wascana Park, Regina, Sask., at 12 p.m.
- Collette Bourgonje, wheelchair racing and nordic skiing, Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon, Sask., at 2:10 p.m.
- Tim McIsaac, Para swimming, Portage & Main, Winnipeg, Man. at 8:45 a.m. (tbc)
- Victoria Nolan, Para rowing, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ont., at 2:45 p.m.
- Eric Flemming, Para athletics, Humber Bay Park West, Etobicoke, Ont., at 5:45 p.m.
- Dax Adam, Para equestrian, Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough, Ont., at 5:45 p.m.
- Eric Gavel, wheelchair basketball, Mel Lastman Square, North York, Ont., 3 p.m.
- Chantal Beauchesne, sitting volleyball, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ont., at 2:15 p.m.
- Danielle Dorris, Para swimming, Riverfront Park, Moncton, N.B. 3 :30 p.m.
The retired McIsaac won 28 Paralympic Games medals in his Para swimming career the most by a Canadian while Bourgonje, also retired, competed at 10 Paralympic Games (three summer and seven winter) earning eight medals.
Wright, Beauchesne, Biletski, Nolan and Stanley (a silver medallist) were all on the 2016 Paralympic Games team while Leslie competed at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and is a strong contender for the 2018 team.
Huot on the Hill
Also on July 1, Benoit Huot, a five-time Paralympic Games swimmer from Montreal with 20 career medals, will speak at the massive gathering on Parliament Hill about his Canadian pride and experiences at 6:29 p.m.