The recognition and celebration of multicultural events in the community is an important part of Canada's multicultural heritage. These events contribute to the diversity and richness of the country. Thank you for this Scottish heritage celebration of Ontario.
On behalf of the Province of Ontario, I wish to extend my very best wishes to the Scarborough Scottish Heritage Society on this very special occasion. Your dedication and commitment to the Scottish community is very much appreciated and your achievements are an inspiration to the community as a whole...
I am pleased to have the opportunity to extend my congratulations to the Scarborough Scottish Heritage Society and the other participants...
... This is a time to recall with pride, the courage, strength and patience of past generations, as they worked to establish their families in Scotland and in their chosen homeland, Canada. And this is also a time to celebrate with pride, and to share with your neighbours, the rich culture and heritage of the Scottish community...
Why Scottish Heritage Days in Scarborough in 1996?
From the preamble to When The Ground Fails: An Economic Watershed
Half a million residents of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, celebrate their BiCentennial in 1996. Now one of Canada's fastest growing cities, Scarborough grew up as an agricultural Township in the shadows of neighbouring Toronto.
A large percentage of Scarborough's early settlers were Scots, including the following families:
Many of these families were from Lanarkshire or Dumfriesshire -- other counties in Scotland are also represented. Alexander Muir, author of the famous anthem, The Maple Leaf Forever, was one of Scarborough's best-known Scots -- "Scarborough's very own Robbie Burns"! Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, was particularly well-represented in Scarborough by 1835.
To commemorate the significant contributions of Scots to the economic and cultural wellbeing of the community, plans are well-underway for "Scottish Heritage Days in the City of Scarborough, July 5-7 and Nov. 30 1996". "Scottish Heritage Days" is being organized as a component of Scarborough's BiCentennial Celebration by the James McCowan Memorial Social History Society and the Scarborough Scottish Heritage Society in cooperation with St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough, and many other Scottish cultural groups and individuals.
Some events during Scottish Heritage Days are:
The McCowan Society began planning for Scottish Heritage Days in the City of Scarborough in early 1995. By January 1996 it was clear that many other Scottish cultural groups wished to be involved. On the suggestion of the McCowan Society, the Scarborough Scottish Heritage Society was established on January 17 1996 during a planning meeting for Scottish Heritage Days. About 20 individuals representing a cross-section of Scottish culture were the founding members. The sole purpose of the Society is to coordinate Scarborough's Scottish Heritage Bi-Centennial Projects (1996).
From "From Croft to Clearing", Vol. 4 No. 1
Groups that participated in Scottish Heritage Days in the City of Scarborough, along with other acknowledgements, are listed here.