Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:10 am ·  0 Comments
Sharing the Pan Am Spirit! The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay passed through downtown Oakville on Tuesday June 23rd. Maggie Kerr, a grade eleven student from White Oaks Secondary School, began the procession. She had her torch lit by Pan Am officials on Lakeshore Road West in Oakville. Although she feels she must focus on her grades this year, Maggie found this opportunity to carry the Pan Am Torch “very exciting”.
There were several opportunities to see the flame transferred from one person to another along the Lakeshore Road West route. The torch was then taken in style by boat to the Burloak Canoe Club. It then made its way to Centennial Square in the hands of Oakville YMCA Volunteer Fitness Instructor, Lynn Petruskavich. Lynn did not have to think of how to find the stage. The route from Navy Street to the stage had been chalk painted with enthusiasm by our young, talented onlookers. The singing of the National Anthem was performed by Oakville’s Youth Week Tune Up winner, 13-year-old Abbey McCay.
After congratulatory remarks by Mayor Rob Burton and MPP Kevin Flynn, and the lighting and celebration of the final torch, the crowd was treated to a musical performance by JUNO award-winning, Canadian Aboriginal singer and musician, Susan Aglukark.
A few Pan Am Games Facts gathered from various sources:
The appearance of the Pan Am Torch brought forth happiness from the crowds. Oakville was represented today. It was made even better, especially as the event was “a whopping success”; a wonderful day for the community and the crowds who attended.
Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris says that “the Pan Am Flame and Torch are powerful energies and are lighting a fire in our community.”
Judging from the excitement, the number of Canadian flags, and the size of the crowd that lined the streets and filled the Centennial Square, who all waiting for a glimpse of the flame and all it represents, this was a special day for the Town of Oakville: the Most Liveable Town in Canada!
2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, 2015 Toronto Pan Am Torch Relay, Abbey McCay, Burloak Canoe Club, Canadian Aboriginal singer, Canadian flags, Centennial Square, Downtown Oakville, Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, June 23 2015, JUNO award-winning, Lakeshore Road West, Lynn Petruskavich, Maggie Kerr, Mayor Rob Burton, MPP Kevin Flynn, Oakville YMCA Volunteer Fitness Instructor, Oakville’s Youth Week Tune Up winner, Susan Aglukark, Town of Oakville, White Oaks Secondary School