Oshawa’s Parkwood celebrates Platinum Jubilee with Royal Garden Party

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Published July 6, 2022 at 11:57 am

Photo by Randy Nickerson

Parkwood Estate and the City of Oshawa celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in style with a Royal Tea and Garden Party fit for a Queen that also served as a fundraiser for Grade 12 girls who show passion and potential for science.

Celebration Sunday – June 26 – was Parkwood’s largest ever outdoor Tea and Garden and it was preceded by a regimental parade through downtown Oshawa. Guests at the garden party were treated to soft live music, fabulous food, tea, a champagne toast and will have a chance to win fabulous prizes, including trips to England, Scotland and New York City, courtesy of Air Canada.

The main goal of the event was to raise funds senior girls in Durham with a keen interest in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), said Celebration Sunday Chair and Parkwood Board Director Justin Landry.

“We know that women make up less than 25 per cent of people currently working in STEM careers and we see an opportunity as a board that helps to preserve the home of a Canadian innovator, to offer support to the future innovators of this country. We are offering two girls from each high school in Durham Region the chance to be recognized with our new ‘Progress Through Passion and Innovation Award’ and one new student will win a scholarship each year from the Parkwood Foundation. It’s a fabulous way to hopefully inspire young women and to celebrate their potential.”

Support from the business community and donors has been inspiring, he added. “Our Honourary Chair, Kathleen Taylor has put her full weight behind this event and the impact has been enormous. Our partners for Celebration Sunday include; Air Canada, RBC, General Motors of Canada, Ontario Tech University, Durham College, Tribute Communities, The Prosperity Project, Walkers Shortbread and Hildon Water – just to name a few.”

Celebration Sunday organizers also partnered with the Ontario Regiment and the City of Oshawa to begin the day with a Military March Past Parade through downtown. “This parade will serve as a wonderful introduction to our city for our out of town guests, but also serve as an opportunity to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee,” said Landry.

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