One of the many things Ottawa does well is Canada Day. Celebrating confederation is done up big in the nation’s capital, seemingly unlike anywhere else in the country. There is no doubt that this city is going to be especially electric this year on July 1st. The red and white clothing, maple leaf wearing, and streams of crowds cruising up Wellington Street aside, Canada Day 150 represents so much more than just the festivities. It’s a celebration of how far we’ve come and a reminder of how far we have to go, as well as all the things that make us Canadian and all the people that make Canada, well, Canada.
One group looking to showcase just that is the Ottawa Hub of the Global Shapers, a collection of young professionals from the ages of 20 to 30 who devote their free time to affecting positive change in the Ottawa community. This year, the Ottawa Hub is organizing the myCanada150 project, a photo exhibition that mixes the famous Humans of New York and The World in London projects. From June 27 to July 2, myCanada150 will feature more than 80 photos and stories of Canadians from countries all over the world on Sparks Street to celebrate Canada’s commitment to pluralism.
myCanada150 is meant to showcase the strength Canada draws from the diversity of its people.
“All the stories start with ‘my Canada is…’ and are thought provoking, heartwarming and are about what it means to be Canadian,” says Jillian Gedeon, one of the Ottawa Hub’s leads on the myCanada150 project. They include stories about new, old, and soon to be Canadians. Some of them are about families who set roots in Ontario decades ago, while others are about those who fled war torn countries to find a new home in Canada. Wherever they’re from or whatever their story (often incredible and always inspiring), myCanada150 is meant to showcase the strength Canada draws from the diversity of its people.
So, if you find yourself in the neighborhood or frankly, even if you don’t, make your way over to Sparks to see and read the stories of some the awesome people who call Canada home. You’ll have the chance to learn about what Canada means to so many as we get closer to Canada’s biggest birthday yet, and hey, you never know, you might even draw inspiration for your own story to start with “my Canada is.”
The myCanada150 exhibit will run on Sparks Street between Bank and O’Connor from June 27 to July 2. For more information about the myCanada150 event, visit the Facebook event page. Follow the Ottawa Hub of the Global Shapers and myCanada150 along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.