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Commonwealth Day Theme

Each year, a theme is agreed in consultation with representatives of Commonwealth civil society and presented for approval by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Day take place each year on the second Monday of March. Celebrations offer an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organizations, which aim to improve the lives of citizens.

Check out the theme for this year below and Commonwealth Day events across Canada observed by members of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada:

Halifax, Nova Scotia: 10:00 am, Sunday, March 12, 2017
St Paul's Anglican Church, 1749 Argyle Street
12:30 pm Reception at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel to follow
Contact halifax@rcs.ca for more information

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: 7:00 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017
St James' Presbyterian Church (The Kirk), 35 Fitzroy Street
Light refreshments will follow
Contact pei@rcs.ca for more information

Ottawa, Ontario: 7:00 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017
Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Avenue
Contact director-b.herman@rcs-ottawa.ca for more information

Toronto, Ontario: 11:00 am, Sunday, March 12, 2017
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street
Reception to follow
Contact toronto@rcs.ca for more information

Winnipeg, Manitoba: 5:00 pmm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Government House, 10 Kennedy Street
Reports on the Commonwealth presented and dinner will be served
Commonwealth flags raised in the rotunda of the Manitoba legislature all week
Contact burt@mymts.net for more information

Edmonton, Alberta: 5:00 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017
Brigadier James Curry Jefferson Armoury, 11630 109th Street
Contact edmonton@rcs.ca for more information

Victoria, British Columbia: 11:45 am, Monday, March 13, 2017
Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue
Dr. John Innes, UBC Dean of Forestry reports on the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and Great Bear Rainforest
Contact metaviva@gmail.com for more information.

2017 Commonwealth Day Theme

'A peace-building Commonwealth' has been chosen as the theme for Commonwealth Day 2017, which takes place on 13 March

At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members. ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from 2016’s theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that ‘international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’

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