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Commonwealth Day 2014 


"#TeamCommonwealth"
is the theme of Commonwealth Day 2014
to be observed on Monday, 10 March 2014

The Commonwealth unites 53 countries with diverse cultures around shared values and vision.
 
Join us in 2014 as we celebrate our Commonwealth, a global community of over two billion people of differing beliefs and traditions, with cultural expression a vibrant means of identity and exchange.

Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in March every year. The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth to improve the lives of its two billion citizens.

This year, Commonwealth Day is Monday, 10 March 2014. The theme is "#TeamCommonwealth".

The theme is celebrated throughout the year with special events taking place during the week of Commonwealth Day.

Within the Commonwealth community, there are 53 member countries, some two billion people, and a great diversity of cultures, voices and opinions. We are of different nationalities, ethnicity, faiths and political beliefs. But we share common values such as democracy, just and honest government, and advancing the cause of peace and prosperity.

While respecting our differences, the Commonwealth works to promote international understanding, equality and mutual respect in our multicultural world.

Further information about this year's Commonwealth Day theme and activities can be found on the Commonwealth Secretariat website, the Royal Commonwealth Society website and this year's special theme website: www.commonwealththeme.org.


Events in British Columbia, Canada

Royal Commonwealth Society, Mainland of British Columbia Branch:
A Commonwealth Day celebration will be held on Sunday, 9 March 2014 at Marpole/Oakridge Community Centre, 990 W. 59th Avenue, Vancouver (Oak and 59th). The function will begin at 3:00 p.m. and all are welcome. Admission and parking is free. Special Guest: Dr. Doug Clement, one-time Olympic and Commonwealth Games Athlete for Canada. Join in a celebration of music, culture and reflection. There will be live entertainment, reflecting the diversity of the Commonwealth, followed by light refreshments. Share your stories of "Team Commonwealth": games, Olympics or anything, which demonstrates the interconnectedness and unity of this special team of ours – The Commonwealth. Further information: Shawn Wade at 604-683-3201 or rcsbcmain@gmail.com.

Royal Commonwealth Society, Vancouver Island Branch:
Her Honour the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will host a luncheon at Government House on Monday, 10 March 2014. The Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be read by the Lieutenant Governor. Entry will be by ticket only at a cost of $50 per head, to be purchased before 1 March 2013. Doors to Government House will open at 11:45 a.m. for luncheon at 12 noon. Further information: Wendy Halliday at 250-544-1120 or wendyandjockhalliday@shaw.ca
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