Saturday July 7th Happy City had the pleasure of
attending the Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's Regatta. While we
were outside St. John's, it was nice to visit a nearby area and see
how they celebrate their community. Visitors to the event
were met with different carnivalesque booths for children, bouncing
castles, face painting, and several live performers on stage. The
event was a joyful celebration of Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's
Happy City set up a table at the entrance to the event:
Above: Kristen, our summer student and Wendy, one of our lovely
volunteers. Later on in the day children came and drew pictures of
their Happy City on our board.
Kristen and Wendy met and talked with lots of interesting
people. Not everyone wanted to have their pictures taken, but the
ones who did are shown below. Those who had something to say but
were a little camera shy said the following:
"My Happy City is one that lives like a community. I'm not from
Newfoundland, so I really understand the importance of dialogue and
discussion in a community. My city would be better if we could all
forgive each other. We need to take our old history and make it
more known, and put it into practice today. What I love about my
city is the saltwater joys, the natural spaces and landscapes."
- Karen Robinson, Vancouver
"My Happy City is clean, prosperous, and generous to everyone.
My city would be better if we had better politicians. What I love
about my city is the heritage."
-Majella Sharpe, Portugal Cove
The following community members wanted their pictures taken, and
had some interesting comments to make about their Happy City…
"My Happy City is Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's. My city would
be better with more community facilities. I love the small seaside
setting in my city."
-Lisa Wishart and her daughter Mackenzie, Portugal Cove
"My Happy City is a safe city. My city would be better with less
crime. I love the community in my city, the way we all come
- Mikaila Rodgers, Portugal Cove
"My Happy City is friendly, safe, clean and involved with the
community. I'm so proud of my city, nothing could make it better!
What I love most about my city is the people."
- Ashley Webber, Portugal Cove
"My Happy City is one that promotes healthy living, protects the
environment, and promotes sustainable development. Portugal Cove -
St. Phillip's would be better with walking trails, watershed
protection and controlled development. I love the natural beauty
and strong sense of community in Portugal Cove."
- Gavin Will, Portugal Cove
The residents of Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's very much value
their community and people. Healthy living, less crime, generosity
and sustainable development are at the top of their list. What's
important to you in your city? What makes up your Happy City?
Come find our summer students and volunteers at events in your
area. Have a chat, take a picture or video and let your voice be