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Gander comes together for Canada Day

The Ali and Elmustafa families show their Canadian pride. Despite the cold, they said they were very pleased with their decision to move to Canada.
The Ali and Elmustafa families show their Canadian pride. Despite the cold, they said they were very pleased with their decision to move to Canada.

Armoured in gloves and wooly tuques, Ganderites let loose and helped celebrate Canada Day at Cobb’s Pond.  

Jocelyn Ralph and Hilary Humphries were on hand with their youth venture Chilly Treats to help feed the masses.

There was something for everyone throughout the afternoon; live music, sports, games and even a bouncy castle.

 

Dave Humphries, a local resident, said that it means something to celebrate Canada as a community, regardless of the cold weather.

 

“It’s a miserable day out but everybody put their hats and mitts on to come celebrate,” said Humphries. “It’s a big celebration and the diversity here in Gander is incredible.”

 

Neil and Linda Parsons also made an effort to join the festivities, taking their grandson with them.

 

They said that despite the cold conditions, they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

“It’s pretty cold so far but we were watching it on TV before and it seems like everybody across the country is having a great time,” said Neil.

Furthermore, Neil shared his views about the Canadian identity, specifically in relation to Newfoundland.

 

“Normally, I’m a Newfoundlander first and a Canadian second,” he said. “But today, I’m a Canadian first.”

 

When asked about one thing they’d like to see more of, both Neil and Linda were quick to respond.

 

“I’d like us just to be kind to each other,” said Linda.

 

Neil noted that he’d like Canadians to be more tolerant of people.

 

One person who was particularly enjoying the afternoon was Omar Alsayad Ali.

 

He and his family emigrated from Syria last year. For some members of his group, it was their first Canada Day.

 

Overall, he said life in Canada has been everything they could of asked for.

 

“The people are good. The country is beautiful,” said Ali. “But I don’t like the winter. Too much snow.”

 

Craig Dunn, another resident, highlighted the feeling of camaraderie throughout the festivities.

 

When asked what he’d like to see happen in the next 150 years, Dunn didn’t hesitate.

 

“For the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the cup,” he said.

 

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Hope Bridger (left) and Grace Hearn (right) battled out the cold by sharing a blanket.

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