Paradise plans big celebrations for 50th anniversary

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The Town of Paradise is planning a big party — so big they had to call in experts to plan it.

During Tuesday evening’s regular council meeting, deputy mayor Elizabeth Laurie laid out preliminary plans for next year’s big anniversary party in Paradise.

“2021 will mark 50 years as an incorporated municipality,” said Laurie. “To mark this milestone, the Town is planning a year of celebrations to foster and grow community spirit and pride, encourage community involvement, and enhance the Town’s public engagement.”

Laurie said the Town put out a limited call for request for proposals to 12 consultation firms to prepare an event plan for the year of celebrations, and received two proposals; one from Butland Communications and Pilot Communications. The tender went to Pilot Communications, the lowest qualified bidder.

The consultant will research various event ideas and initiatives that will ideally engage all residents, community groups, businesses and stakeholders. Pilot Communications will be preparing the events on a budget of $19,820, plus HST— which was submitted by the company during the proposal process.

Along with a professional consulting firm, Paradise council will also create a volunteer anniversary committee to help plan celebrations, Laurie said.

“We are looking for residents who are energetic, motivated, and civic-minded to help us celebrate and acknowledge our Golden Anniversary,” said Laurie. “This committee will serve as ambassadors to help foster community spirit and pride at programs, events, and initiatives throughout the year. In the coming days we will issue an expression of interest for residents to join this committee and help with the Anniversary Celebrations.”

Laurie said events and planning will be guided by public health guidelines.

The Town of Paradise was officially incorporated on July 13, 1971.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News