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Take Part in British Home Child Day

The first ever British Home Child Day to be held at Upper Canada Village on Sept. 28, 2011

The “British Home Child Day Act” or Bill 185 received Royal Assent on June 1, 2011.  Under this Private Members’ Bill, September 28 of each year is now designated as “British Home Child Day” in Ontario. From the 1860’s to the 1930’s over 100,000 children between infancy and 19 years were brought to Canada by various charitable institutions in hopes of securing a better life for these underprivileged boys and girls.

A group of volunteers, dedicated to recognizing and honouring the contribution of British Home Children to Ontario and Canada, are working with officials at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission in order to commemorate the first British Home Child Day on September 28 at Upper Canada Village.

Plans include the dedication of a maple tree at the Aultsville Station, donated by MPP Jim Brownell, a sponsor of Bill 185 and Home Child descendant; displays from various Home Children organizations; an opportunity for friends and descendants to tell the story of their home child; and a specially planned British Home Child Tour of Upper Canada Village.

The “Just Kidding” theatre group from Metcalfe will perform a sampling of their upcoming production based on a Home Child story, and throughout the day musicians will entertain guests. The day ends with a catered dinner at the Village’s Willard’s Hotel, with the purchase of advance tickets required.

For more information please consult www.uppercanadavillage.com by the beginning of September or e-mail Carolyn Goddard at carol.goddard AT sympatico.ca.

Carolyn Goddard, Chairperson
British Home Child Day Committee, SD&G

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