Olds Institute celebrates its 15th anniversary October 2016

Olds Albertan

Community block party held in Centennial Park Tuesday, Oct 04, 2016 06:00 am

About 300 people attended the Olds Institute (OI) 15th anniversary community block party at Centennial Park on Sept. 24.

Activities included a pig roast as well as the cutting and serving of birthday cake and lots of games. A bungee cord game, human hamster races and bouncy castles were the most popular.

“It was a great opportunity for us to celebrate volunteerism and community,” OI executive director Mitch Thomson says.

“We were really pleased with our attendance and received lots of really positive feedback from volunteers and community members. It was an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of many people and thank the community for supporting our many initiatives.

Many attendees wore shirts that said “I AM OI.”

“This engaging exercise was empowering and helped us connect people to the purpose, place and projects that they have and can contribute. It was also empowering as people connected with one another and the community aspect of what we do,” Thomson said.

“The ‘I AM OI’ campaign came about as a result of our desire to address the question ‘what is OI,’” he added.

“We recognize that we are many things to many people and our objective is to empower the community.

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