With the centennial of the community of Salmon Arm approaching, a steering committee was formed to co-ordinate celebrations. It first met June 2003. As it was a short term venture, the committee did not apply for non-profit status.
The Steering Committee reported to the District of Salmon Arm. It met weekly and hosted a monthly community meeting with different organizations (such as the Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village). The office was at the Salmar Classic Theatre, 362 Alexander Street, Salmon Arm (V1E 4P2).
Committee members included:
Louise Wallace, Volunteer Co-chair (private citizen)
Warren Welter, Volunteer Co-chair (private citizen)
Duncan Myers, Salmon Arm Museum
Patrick Allwood, Town Crier
Allan Finch, Treasurer
Tony Burge, Sunwave Centre
James Young, Promowest Promotional Products
Sandy Shepherd, Co-ordinator, Shuswap Recreation Society, and
Doug Lagore, District of Salmon Arm (replaced by Carl Bannister after Lagore’s move to Alberta).
The committee received its mandate from the District of Salmon Arm. It was to help groups co-ordinate their own centennial events. The committee organized three main events: The New Year Eve Celebration, the City’s official birthday party on May 15, and the 10-day Homecoming Celebration in July. The May celebration noted a change in the community’s status. The mayor Colin Mayes read a proclamation announcing the creation of the City of Salmon Arm.
Community volunteers ran the events with help from Katimavik workers.
Each of the days of the Homecoming had a different theme:
Saturday: Heritage Day
Sunday: Cultural Day
Monday: Agri-tourism Day
Tuesday: Pioneer Day
Wednesday: Market Day (with the Wild West show in downtown Salmon Arm)
Thursday: Forestry Day
Friday: Railway Day
Saturday: Wharf Day, and
Sunday: Reunion Day.
Funding was a partnership between the District of Salmon Arm, Community Futures, Twin Anchors, the new car dealers of Salmon Arm, Prestige Inn, and gold, silver and bronze sponsors.
The celebration was promoted in parades throughout the province and the Calgary Stampede. The float was designed to look like a paddlewheeler and carried the mascot, Patrick Allwood, the Town Crier.
Fall Fair, Fifties Block Party, High School Reunion
Heroes and Rogues Exhibit by Craig Pulsifer
Party of the Century (May 15/05)
Fiber Alive exhibit and fashion show,
RCMP Musical Ride
Antique Appraisal Day at Haney Heritage Park
Homecoming (July 1-10)
New Year’s Eve Centennial Extravaganza
Taste of the Shuswap
Shuswap Writers Centennial Competition
Wild West Show
Town Crier Competition
Merchandizing included Books, DVDs and a coin.