Request a Proclamation and/or Flag Raising

During the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as physical distancing is recommended by Public Health, flag raisings approved under this policy would only consist of staff raising the particular approved flag and at no time would any event be held or member of the public be invited to be present If specifically requested by an organization, the Mayor may have a photo taken by Town staff with the flag to be provided after the fact to the organization.

Effective February 8, 2022, Council has adopted a revision to the Community Flags, Art Installations and Proclamations Policy to encourage additional methods to visually support proclaimed events.

If you wish to request a Proclamation, Flag Raising and/or corresponding visual installation within the Town of Greater Napanee, please fill out our Request a Proclamation and/or Flag Raising form

Please note: requests must be submitted a minimum of 30 days before the event to be proclaimed in order to accommodate Council meeting schedules. Requests for visual displays must be submitted a minimum of 60 days before the installation date in order to ensure sufficient time for review; however, we recommend providing as much advance notice as possible for smooth planning.

How Does COVID-19 Affect Proclamations and/or Flag Raising Events?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as physical distancing is recommended by Public Health, flag raisings approved under this policy would only consist of staff raising the particular approved flag and at no time would any event be held or member of the public be invited to be present If specifically requested by an organization, the Mayor may have a photo taken by Town staff with the flag to be provided after the fact to the organization.

What are the Options for Flag Raisings?
  • Guest flags can be flown for up to a maximum of one month to commemorate special events. If there are multiple requests for the same time period, the time will be evenly split between requests.
  • Flag raising ceremonies, photo opportunities, and attendance by elected officials may be coordinated upon request (subject to any public health restrictions). Requests must be submitted at the same time the flag raising request is submitted.
  • Applicants must supply their own flag. 
What are the Options for Visual Installations?

The Town will consider one or more of the following options to bring public awareness to a proclaimed event:

  • Lighting of the falls at Springside Park with available colours;
  • Temporary crosswalk art;
  • Temporary painting of picnic tables in public spaces;
  • Other proposals by the requesting organization will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We encourage applicants to discuss ideas for visual displays with Town staff to see how your event can be celebrated. Please note that applicants will be responsible for all costs related to the installation and removal of the display. 

What Events will be Considered for a Proclamation and/or Flag Raising? 

Proclamations are a formal declaration, supported by Council and signed by the Mayor, intended to bring public awareness and education for:

  • Civic Promotions;
  • Charitable Fundraising Campaigns;
  • Arts & Cultural Celebrations or Awareness;
  • Multicultural Awareness;
  • Health and Public Service Initiatives;
  • Honours, Remembrance or Major Celebrations;
  • Special Anniversaries for Non-Profit Organizations that Benefit Communities
What Events will not be Considered for a Proclamation and/or Flag Raising? 

Proclamations will not be considered for the following:

  • Matters of political controversy, religious beliefs or individual convictions;
  • Requests related to a discriminatory cause;
  • Requests where the intent is contrary to Town’s policies or by-laws;
  • Requests attempting to influence government policy or that are intended for profitmaking purposes.
How will Proclamation and/or Flag Raising Requests be Reviewed?

Requests for proclamations and/or flag raisings will be reviewed by the Clerk to confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria of the Town’s policy. If the request does not comply with the policy, the Clerk will advise the applicant in writing.

Proclamations and/or flag raisins that meet all eligibility criteria will be placed on the agenda for the next regular Council meeting under Correspondence for Action for endorsement. If an event has previously been endorsed within the same term of Council, the Clerk may approve proclamation request and will place the request on the next regular Council agenda for information.

Once approved, proclamations will be placed on the Town’s website and will remain listed for the remainder of the year in which the proclamation was endorsed. The applicant is responsible for any additional costs to promote or advertise the proclamation. 

How will Requests for Visual Installations be Reviewed?

Requests for installations will be reviewed by all relevant Town departments to assess the impacts on Town operations and the feasibility and coordination of the proposal. The proposal may also be circulated to affected external agencies for comment. The Town may impose standards related to time limits, locations, materials, and appearance of the installation.

Once an installation plan has been agreed upon, the proposal will be submitted to the next regular Council meeting under Correspondence for Action for endorsement. 

Town of Greater Napanee Proclamations for 2022

The following is a listing of proclamations for the current term of Council, from January to December 2022 as they become available after being proclaimed by Council.

January 
 
Year of the Garden - All of 2022 

The Council of The Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims 2022 as the Year of the Garden in the Town of Greater Napanee.

WHEREAS the Year of the Garden 2022 celebrates the Centennial of Canada’s horticulture sector;

and WHEREAS gardens and gardening contribute to the quality of life of our municipality and create safe and healthy places where people can come together;

and WHEREAS the Year of the Garden 2022 will highlight and celebrate the important contribution of gardeners, our local gardening organizations, horticultural professionals and local horticultural businesses which contribute to garden culture and the garden experience of our municipality;

and WHEREAS gardens and gardening have helped us face the challenges of the COVID pandemic;

and WHEREAS Communities in Bloom in collaboration with the Canadian Garden Council, invites all municipalities to celebrate the Year of the Garden;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS 2022 as the Year of the Garden in celebration of the contribution of gardens and gardening to the development of our country, our municipality and the lives of our citizens in terms of health, quality of life and environmental challenges;

and THAT all municipalities across Canada be invited to proclaim 2022 to be the Year of the Garden in their respective municipalities.

February 
Wear Red Day in Greater Napanee - February 13, 2022 

The Council of The Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims February 13, 2022 as Wear Red Day in the Town of Greater Napanee.

WHEREAS heart disease is the leading cause of death in women worldwide and the leading cause of premature death in

Canadian women;

AND WHEREAS the Canadian Women’s Heath Health Alliance (CWHHA), a volunteer organization of women’s heart health professionals and patients, works to share evidence-based strategies to transform clinical practice and enhance collaborative action concerning women’s heart health in Canada;

AND WHEREAS each year the CWHHA develops a national Wear Read Canada awareness campaign with the goal of improving the heart health of Canadian women of all ages;

NOW THEREFORE, the Council of the Town of Greater Napanee proclaims February 13, 2022, as Wear Red Day in the Town of Greater Napanee.

 
 
March
Epilepsy Awareness Day - March 26, 2022 

The Council of The Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims March 26, 2022 as Epilepsy Awareness Day in Greater Napanee.

WHEREAS Epilepsy South Eastern is promoting National Epilepsy Awareness Day;

AND WHEREAS Epilepsy South Eastern Ontario is a registered charity, providing support services for people with epilepsy and their families, and community education services to reduce the stigma associated with the disorder;

AND WHEREAS Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder with no cure, which is frequently seriously disabling and affects the quality of life for over 4,500 individuals and family members in our community and surrounding rural areas;

AND WHEREAS Epilepsy Awareness Day has become known as “Purple Day”.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS Friday, March 26, 2022 be recognized as “Epilepsy Awareness Day” in the Town of Greater Napanee,

AND FURTHER encourage our citizens to make an effort to wear purple on this day to show our support.

 
April
Be a Donor Month 
WHEREAS the month of April 2022 has been declared “Be A Donor Month” across the Province of Ontario;

AND WHEREAS there is a need across our nation and within our own communities for organ and tissue donations to save lives;
AND WHEREAS there is an increasing need to raise awareness within our communities of the shortage of life saving organ and tissue donations and the need to inspire our citizens to think about organ and tissue donation;

AND WHEREAS there are groups within our communities, like the Transplant Advocate Association, a volunteer group dedicated to the support of pre and post-transplant recipients, donors, and donor families, and to informing the public of the need for organ and tissue donation;
AND WHEREAS April 7 is recognized as “Green Shirt Day” to honor the lifesaving impact of Logan Boulet’s organ and tissue donation in the wake of the tragic Humboldt Bronco’s bus crash in 2018;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS April 2022 be recognized as “Be a Donor Month” in the Town of Greater Napanee,
AND FURTHER encourage our citizens to wear green on April 7 to show support for organ and tissue donation.

 

May
World Lupus Day - May 10, 2022

WHEREAS World Lupus Day has been observed since 2004 to bring attention to understanding of the impact that lupus has on people within our community and around the world;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS May 10, 2022 be recognized as “World Lupus Day” in the Town of Greater Napanee. 
VON Week - May 22 - 28, 2022

WHEREAS the Town of Greater Napanee wishes to celebrate VON’s hardworking team to help those who need support and care;
AND WHEREAS 2022 marks VON’s 125th year of service;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS the week of May 22 to 28, 2022 be recognized as “VON Week” in the Town of Greater Napanee.

June 
Longest Day of Smiles - June 19, 2022

WHEREAS Operation Smile Canada is a global medical charity providing free, life-changing surgeries and medical care to children born with cleft conditions around the world; and

WHEREAS Every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition, and lack of access to safe, effective surgery means that easily treatable conditions like cleft lip and cleft palate can become fatal; and

WHEREAS Operation Smile Canada believes every child born with a cleft condition deserves exceptional surgical care; and

WHEREAS The Longest Day of SMILES® will unite Canadians from coast to coast to coast as they raise awareness and funds; and

WHEREAS On June 19th, 2022, the citizens of Greater Napanee are encouraged to learn more about how to support this cause by visiting www.longestdayofsmiles.ca;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS that June 19, 2022 be recognized as “the Longest Day of Smiles” in the Town of Greater Napanee.

Deafblind Awareness Month - All of June

WHEREAS Deafblindness is a unique disability that incorporates the sensory loss of both sight and hearing; and

WHEREAS increased public awareness is crucial to ensure individuals who are Deafblind are able to live full, meaningful lives; and

WHEREAS June is the birth month of Helen Keller, an internationally recognized person who was Deafblind;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS the month of June be recognized as “National Deafblind Awareness Month” in the Town of Greater Napanee.

Pride Month - All of June 

The Council of The corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims the month of June as Pride Month in Greater Napanee.

WHEREAS, the Town of Greater Napanee cherishes the value and dignity of each person and appreciates the importance of equality and freedom; and

WHEREAS, all are welcome in the Town of Greater Napanee to live, work , play and every family, in any shape, deserves a place to call home where they are safe, happy and supported by friends and neighbours; and, 

WHEREAS, the Town of Greater Napanee denounces prejudice and unfair discrimination based on age, gender identity, gender expression, race, colour, religion, martial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical attributes as an affront to our fundamental principles; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative that young people in our community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, feel valued, safe, empowered and supported by their peers and community leaders; and

WHEREAS, despite being marginalized, LGBTQ+ people continue to celebrate authenticity, acceptance and love.

THEREFORE the members of the Council of the Town of Greater Napanee declare the month of June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Greater Napanee and urges residents to recognize the contributions made by members of the LGBTQ+ community and to actively promote the principles of equality, liberty and justice.

 

September
Rail Safety Week - September 19 - 25, 2022
The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims September 19-25, 2022 as Rail Safety Week in Greater Napanee.

WHEREAS Rail Safety Week is to be held across Canada from September 19 to 25, 2022; and

WHEREAS it is the public's interest to raise citizens' awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains and citizens; and

WHEREAS Operation Lifesaver is a public/private partnership whose aim is to work with the public, rail industry, governments, police services, media and others to raise rail safety awareness; and

WHEREAS CN has requested Town Council adopt this resolution in support of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness, save lives and prevent injuries in communities, including our municipality;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS the week of September 19-25, 2022 be recognized as Rail Safety Week in the Town of Greater Napanee.

Legion Week - September 18 - 24, 2022

The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims the week of September 18-24, 2022 as Legion Week in Greater Napanee.

As a non-profit organization, the Legion has assumed the responsibility of maintaining the tradition of Remembrance of those men and women who served our Country in past and present conflicts, so Canadians can live in the freedom that we enjoy today. Legion Week is a time for our community to recognize and support our Veterans.

Therefore, the Council of the Town of Greater Napanee does hereby declare the week of September 18-24, 2022 as Legion Week in Greater Napanee.

 

October
 Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day - October 18, 2022
The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims October 18, 2022 as the "Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day" in Greater Napanee.

WHEREAS years of research confirms the benefits of high-quality early learning and child care for young children's intellectual, emotional, social and physical development and later life outcomes; and

WHEREAS child care promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of families and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and

WHEREAS trained and knowledgeable Registered Early Childhood Educators and child care staff are the key to quality in early learning and child care programs;

WHEREAS Registered Early Childhood Educators and child care workers will be vital to the success of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Town of Greater Napanee HEREBY PROCLAIMS that October 18, 2022 be designated the 22nd annual "Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day" in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community.

Autism Awareness Week - All of October

The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee hereby proclaims October 2022 as Autism Awareness Month in Greater Napanee

Blue lights will shine throughout the Town to signify Autism Awareness Month and to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion for all with different disabilities.

Therefore, the Council of the Town of Greater Napanee does hereby declare the Month of October 2022 as Autism Awareness Month in Greater Napanee.

For more information, please see our Town of Greater Napanee Community Flags, Art Installations and Proclamations Policy

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