Teulon celebrates centennial, unveils monument

A monument commemorating Teulon's centennial was unveiled at the corner of Main Street and Beach Road (Highway 17) in Teulon, Man. on June 29, 2019. Left to right: Former Manitoba premier Hon. Gary Filmon, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan, Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Hon. Janice Filmon, Town of Teulon mayor Debbie Kozyra and Alan Campbell of the Teulon Centennial Committee. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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The town of Teulon hosted a five-day celebration that was 100 years in the making.

The Teulon Centennial Celebrations took place in the community beginning on June 27 and ending on Canada Day July 1. However, the main festivities occurred on June 29 with the unveiling of a new monument as well as other major events taking place later in the day.

In the morning, a ceremony was held for a new monument to commemorate the community’s centennial on the southwest corner of Main Street and Beach Road (Highway 17). Alan Campbell from the Teulon Centennial Committee emceed the event with the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Hon. Janice Filmon bringing well-wishes from the province along with her husband, former premier Hon. Gary Filmon.

“Friends, Manitobans, builders of a great community, it’s a pleasure for His Honour and I to join you today to celebrate a town that is a great place to come home to, even if or when it’s not actually your home,” Her Honour said. “It’s that spirit. The spirit that makes Teulon special. The spirit that makes summer weekends or winter curling bonspiels into impromptu homecomings and family reunions. It creates a special bond that connects Manitobans to hometowns, even if life has led them far away.”

Other dignitaries to give speeches were Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan, Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler and Teulon mayor Debbie Kozyra. Also in attendance were former Teulon mayors Bert Campbell, Ted Hodgkinson and Ed Helwer as well as Dolly Maksymyk, the widow of former Teulon mayor Michael Maksymyk. Family members of past Teulon mayors also attended the ceremony.

“Thank you to all the citizens who have come out to join us,” Kozyra said. “To our Centennial Committee, to deputy mayor Michael Ledarney and his committee, they have been the ones who have been instrumental over the last three years.”

Keira Waldbauer, who had recently finished Grade 8 at Teulon Collegiate Institute, also delivered a speech about the founding and history of Teulon.

Visitors learned about the history of Teulon by tours of the community and some of its buildings, but the hotbed of activity was Green Acres Park with games, food trucks and musical acts performing on stage. A street dance in front of Teulon Motor Hotel on June 28 and a parade took place soon after the ceremony on June 29 with overcast skies failing to dampen anyone’s fun. A social later that night at Teulon-Rockwood Arena attracted hundreds to watch country-rockers Doc Walker perform inside. A Centennial dinner was held at the Teulon-Rockwood Centennial Centre on June 30 and Canada Day festivities followed the next day.

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