Return of In-Person Canada Day Brought an Abundance of Smiles

Volunteer Isidora Spielmann spent Canada Day painting young faces at the Westport Lions Beach.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

Canada’s 155 birthday at the Westport Lions beach was a celebration for children to enjoy.  First-time Canada Day organizer, Lion Joanne O’Neill, deserves kudos for putting together a team that focused on creating a fun atmosphere for youngsters.  There was something for every child: face painting, stick-on tattoos, ring and bean bag toss, a magnetic fishing pond, and numerous toys like water blasters, beach balls, pails, and shovels. 

All-Star Karaoke and disc jockey Tom Gard provided the music, and Elvis Tribute Artist, Dan Stoness, worked hard to entertain the crowd.  There were plenty of smiles when Dan gave out leis and small, stuffed hound dogs during his rendition of Elvis’s hit song, Hound Dog.

Organizing an event of this size takes many volunteers, but the Westport Lions would like to thank a couple of individuals and organizations for their assistance. 

A special thank you to Ragu and Raman Sharma from Westport Circle K for their donation of 200 wieners and buns for the event.  The Westport Legion came to the Lions rescue by letting the club borrow their popcorn machine at the last minute when the club’s machine malfunctioned.  

Isidora Spielmann asked a group of Lions what she could do to help.  Lion Joanne O’Neill knowing Isidora’s artistic abilities, asked her to fill in for the face painter who was a no show.  Isidora went home, got her face painting supplies, and spent the afternoon making children happy.

It is the first time in two years that the community was able to celebrate Canada Day together.  The day brought an abundance of smiles to so many people it made one feel proud to be a Canadian and part of the community. 

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