Parkwood hosting Royal Tea in Oshawa in support of STEM education award for young women

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Published May 30, 2022 at 1:37 pm

There will be no shortage of fancy hats and extended pinkies at the Celebration Sunday Royal Tea & Garden Party at Oshawa Parkwood Estates June 26.

Definitely fit for a Queen, Parkwood’s largest ever outdoor Tea and Garden Party will support their new girls STEM education award.

The Parkwood Foundation is holding the Garden Party at the home and museum of Col. Sam McLaughlin to raise funds for grade 12 girls in Durham Region who show passion and potential in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Guests will be 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.

“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,” said Celebration Sunday Chair and Parkwood Board Director Justin Landry. “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.”

Landry added that the support from the business community and donors has been inspiring. “Our Honourary Chair, Kathleen Taylor has put her full weight behind this event and the impact has been enormous.”

Business partners for Celebration Sunday include Air Canada, RBC, General Motors of Canada, Ontario Tech University, Durham College, Tribute Communities, The Prosperity Project, Walkers Shortbread, Hildon Water and others.

Celebration Sunday organizers have also partnered with the Ontario Regiment and the City of Oshawa to begin the day with a Military March Past Parade through downtown Oshawa. “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” Landry said, thanking the Ontario Regiment and the Ontario Regiment Museum, the Pipe and Drums of the Royal Canadian Legion, Durham Regional Police, as well as the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the City of Oshawa.

Advanced ticket holders can enter Parkwood via the Simcoe Street pedestrian gates at 1:30 p.m.

Tea is served at 2:30. The public is encouraged to watch the Military March Past Parade which will travel in front of Oshawa City Hall at one p.m. and travel to the McLaughlin Armoury via Simcoe Street by 1:20. Tickets are $150 and are on sale until June 12 at www.parkwoodestate.com.

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