The first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay made its way through Kenora this week, part of a community celebration before the start of the Canada Winter Games. MNP representatives joined Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield and Mayor-elect Dan Reynard at the celebration at the Kenora Recreation Centre on Tuesday.
“Kenora being in the heart of the country, and recently hosting part of the Canadian Summer games, is very proud to be involved in the Torch Relay for the winter games,” said Canfield.
Over the coming months, MNP says that torch relays and community celebration stops will be held across Canada before arriving in Red Deer, Alberta, for the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in February.
“The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is an exciting opportunity to share the spirit of the Canada Games across the nation,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society.
“We are proud to partner with MNP to deliver the first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay and celebrate sport and culture in communities across the nation from now until the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.”
As part of Canada Games tradition, the Roly McLenahan Torch was lit from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill with Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, on October 4, 2018. From Ottawa, the torch journeys across Canada, visiting almost 50 communities along the way, for the first time in the 51 year history of the Canada Games.
“For MNP, the opportunity to participate in the coast-to-coast Torch Relay is a real honour and a wonderful way for us, as a ‘Made in Canada’ firm, to celebrate our 60th anniversary,” said Jason Tuffs, Chief Executive Officer of MNP. “We wish all the athletes, their families, Games organizers, leadership and volunteers a fun and successful 2019 Canada Winter Games.”
Kenora did not have any torch bearers participate in the events, as representatives and the torch were making their way to Winnipeg.