Day 200 of 365 – The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Tour

Last night was awesome and I’m sorry I didn’t bog about it sooner.  I did attend the Celebration in Orangeville on Broadway.  I posted it on the 365 things to do in Orangeville Facebook page 🙂

The celebration shows featured performances by the Orangeville Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the Theatre Orangeville Youth Singers, and Chanda’s School of Dance, followed by the official Rick Hansen Relay segment which included the arrival of the Rick Hansen Medal at 6:30 p.m.

A participant medal was presented to the community at the end of the ceremony, following an audio message from Rick Hansen.

The amount of people that turned out for this historic celebration was wonderful!  The Rick Hansen Relay entered Orangeville from the west, with medal bearers running, walking or wheeling along Broadway to Bythia Street, south along Bythia Street to KayCee Gardens where they where routed through Christmas In the Park, then north on John Street, and east on Broadway to the Town Hall.  That’s where I was waiting 🙂

Today, December 7, the relay continued from Town Hall at 9:23 a.m., Lot’s of  downtown merchants, Town staff, and students from Parkinson Centennial School cheered the as the first medal bearer of the day headed west on Broadway to Faulkner Street, north on Faulkner to Orangeville District Secondary School where the school and Relay officials planned an assembly.  Students Rebecca Matheson and Anton Levy have been selected to carry the medal at the school’s celebration.

The Relay then continues west on Fead Street to go across the sports field in the area of Murray’s Mountain before heading north on Amelia Street, with the goal of having medal bearers then go east on Hansen Boulevard with area school children (from Princess Elizabeth Public School, Credit Meadows Public School, St. Benedict Elementary School and St. Andrew Elementary School) lining the street and waving Canadian flags. At First Street, the relay heads south to Broadway and then east through the downtown core headed east on Highway 9 to Aurora.

If your coming home from work or your just out for the day honk if you see them out on hwy 9.  Thanks for involvement and courage to keep getting the message out there!  We are behind all of you 🙂

The relay map can be viewed at

The event planning team insisted that the Relay route incorporate Hansen Boulevard, named after Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion tour visit to Orangeville 25 years ago. Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson was a member of Orangeville Council at the time and remembers the enthusiasm to honour Rick Hansen with the naming of the new street connecting Blind Line and First Street. “We wanted to honour him and it was a very big deal at the time,” Mr. Tilson recalls. He shared that information with Mr. Hansen on October 25 when the Speaker of the Senate held a reception in the House of Commons in Mr. Hansen’s honour. “He said he was very honoured that Orangeville has a street named after him,” Mr. Tilson says. “He was genuinely touched.”

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