A celebration fit for a queen

Royalty will be the theme when our community comes together to celebrate Westside Daze this weekend.  The theme of the annual four day celebration is 'The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.'

And, while the Queen herself is unable to attend, the Westside Celebration Society is pleased to announce her representative in British Columbia will be in West Kelowna. His Honour, The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia will serve as Grand Marshall of the Westside Daze Parade Saturday morning, June 30. The Lieutenant Governor will lead the largest yearly parade outside the Lower Mainland. He will also take part in official opening ceremonies on the main stage at Westbank Community Park below the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre at 12:15, immediately following the parade.

The Westside Celebration Society is also proud to be the host venue for the awarding of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas will present medals to distinguished members of the community starting at 2 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.

"This is fantastic news," stated Westside Daze media spokesman, Wayne Moore. "It's an honour to have both the Queen's representative from our province and Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremonies grace Westside Daze. The committee couldn't be more excited that the office of the Lieutenant Governor and the federal government think so highly of our community event."

Parade: Saturday, 10:30am

Car Show, Sunday July 1st, 10:00am - 3:00pm

As always, all events, including main stage entertainment, are free to the general public.

The 2012 edition of Westside Daze runs from Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 2.

For a complete list of events, performance and times go to: www.westsidedaze.com.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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