Canadian Western Bank
Rendezvous 2011 Gala
January 22, 2011
By Susan Jones
Member of the St. Albert Rendezvous 2011 Committee
The Canadian Western Bank Rendezvous 2011 Gala, held Jan. 22, 2011 at the new Hole’s Enjoy Centre, was a night of celebration. St. Albert honoured its past, celebrated the present and laid the groundwork for igniting the future.
The black-tie event was sold out with more than 550 people in attendance. Included were Col. (Ret’d) The Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and her honour Linda M. Ethell, Premier Ed Stelmach and his wife Marie, The Honourable Claudette Tardif, Senator of Alberta and her husband Denis, Metis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras, St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse and his wife Gwen, mayors of surrounding communities and members of St. Albert’s City Council.
O Canada, sung in English, French and Cree by the St. Albert Singers, set the mood for the evening and was a fitting tribute to St. Albert’s Metis roots.
Congratulatory messages began with dignitaries’ speeches and flowed throughout the room. The 150th Anniversary Quilt was unveiled by the St. Albert Quilters Guild. Later, guests danced to the music of the Bella Rouge Specialty Show Band. The Enjoy Centre glowed with sophistication and glamour, thanks to the decorating talents of Cory Christopher and the hard-working Gala subcommittee and volunteers.
It was a night of remembrance as well as a night to be remembered! Thanks to the generosity of Gala sponsors Canadian Western Bank, the Enjoy Centre, Northlands, Budget Car and Truck Rentals, Sarasota Homes and Realty, Axe Productions and Lacombe Park Spirits.
“Rendezvous 2011 is well and truly launched,” said Margaret Plain, Chair of the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee. She was referring to events hosted by the Celebration Committee including The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon and the Youth Committee’s Snow Festival as well as other commemorative events: Pioneerin’ Spirit, a play hosted and performed by members of the St. Albert Historical Society; the special Prayer Service at St. Albert Parish Jan. 16; the Continental Cup and the upcoming Alberta 55 Plus winter Games.
Mayor Nolan Crouse agreed as he explained that when St. Albert City Council began deliberating how to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary three years ago, it was determined then that bids would be made to host events such as the Alberta 55 Plus Games and the Continental Cup in this special year.
“It was a key when we bid on those events that St. Albert was celebrating its 150th Anniversary,” he said, adding, “I am so proud of everything so far. I’ve been honoured to attend all the events and I’m in awe at the quality of what I have seen.”
photos: Ken Hutchinson, Jim Sullivan, Mark Shalanski