WHEREAS; Cultural participation and activity enriches and defines the identity of the City of Barrie, serves as a mechanism of resiliency and recovery, and improves of the quality of life of its citizens; and
WHEREAS; Arts and cultural participation makes a vital contribution to the development and well-being of individuals and society; and
WHEREAS; The City of Barrie believes that community-based cultural celebrations enhance the connections between citizens of diverse interests, abilities, and cultures; and
WHEREAS; Culture arises and flourishes first locally; and
WHEREAS; The City of Barrie has already shown its intention to implement projects that affirm both its inclusive cultural identity and the active participation of its citizens in the cultural life of the municipality; and
WHEREAS; As an annual national initiative, Culture Days exists as a catalyst that connects individuals and creators, eliminates barriers, and stimulates understanding, appreciation, and exploration of arts, culture, and heritage so that every individual in the country has a deeper connection with themselves, their community, and Canada; and
WHEREAS; Culture Days is a national initiative and the City of Barrie has been an active and long-standing participant.
THEREFORE, I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie, do hereby proclaim September 24 to October 24, 2021, as “Culture Days” in the City of Barrie.
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