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Prince Charles Visit to Assiniboia

The Red Carpet was rolled out when His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, came to Assiniboia. He came for the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Prince of Wales Cultural and Recreational Centre held on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 3:45 p.m. in the 200 block 4th Avenue West, Assiniboia. His Royal Highness shook the hands of many Assiniboia residents, and talked with many as well. He congratulated members of the Assiniboia Civic Improvement Association, the library board, and the Assiniboia Curling Club for all the hard work they have put into raising funds for the building.

The itinerary for the afternoon was that the Prince arrived at the Asaskan Complex at 3:45 p.m. He greeted Town Counsel members at the Asaskan Complex, then crossed the street to the Complex location for the official sod-turning, and the unveiling of the cornerstone for the Prince of Wales Cultural and Recreational Centre. That cornerstone was built into the front of the building beside the main entrance.

The Complex cost $5.2 million to complete. In the photo to the left is Brent Blackwell, Curling Club Chairman, Kay Cristo, former library chair, Lee Mountain, immediate past-president of the CIA, grade 7 students from the Assiniboia Elementary School, and in the foreground, the current chair Bill Batty, is shown with Prince Charles preparing to dig the first shovel full of dirt for the foundation for the Complex. In the picture to the right, Prince Charles is turning the sod, watched closely by Bill Batty. Our mayor at the time, Renaud Bissonette is behind the podium watching, beside Carl Pilkey, our construction supervisor for the complex. After the ground-breaking ceremony the Prince then did a walkabout. During that time he shook hundreds of hands and very graciously greeted the citizens of Assiniboia.

Local photographer, Orville Ottenbreit and his assistants, took dozens of rolls of pictures throughout the day, including those on this page.

Thousands of Assiniboia and area residents, plus many local school children, attended the ceremony. Although rain threatened before the ceremony, mother nature co-operated as it was a beautiful day for the ground breaking.

The CIA has worked hard for many years to "Make our Dreams" of a better Assiniboia come True! With the building of the POW we have truly accomplished this goal!

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