This year Grande Prairie will be celebrating its first ever Neighbour Day.
Neighbour Day will take place on September 16 and aims to showcase the importance of community and build better relationships between neighbours.
Patricia Millward, Grande Prairie Neighbourhood Association Coordinator, said the idea originated from a gentleman who used to talk about a Neighbour Day and the opportunity to go out and meet your neighbours.
Millward took the idea and did a little research, finding there are a number of cities and municipalities that celebrate neighbours, and she thought it was a good idea for our growing community.
She said several Neighbourhood Associations will be holding events and that the details for those will be released as the date approaches, but she added that Neighbour Day is bigger than just them.
“It’s any neighbour, any resident, they can have a lemonade stand, a potluck, take bubbles to the park for kids, hold a potluck or BBQ, sidewalk chalk down their street,” said Millward. “So, anything that gets people out of their house and talking to one another and building those connections.”
If you choose to do something for your neighbours, there is no formal requirement unless you hold it at a park, in which case you need a permit.
Millward also mentioned another aspect of Neighbour Day, the Good Neighbour Awards.
“A good neighbour is someone that you feel has gone above and beyond to be someone that’s looked out for a neighbour, helped a neighbour,” said Millward. “So, really, when you look at the good deeds that are around you, it’s just recognizing someone that’s gone above and beyond.”
Winners will be recognized on Neighbour Day when the proclamation is read by Mayor Bill Given at the Montrose Cultural Centre, which will begin at 9 a.m.
Good Neighbour Award nominations are due on September 8. They are 225-word emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact information of the person you are nominating is helpful.