The “Canada” Park was inaugurated on Agia Sofia Street, in the centre of Thessaloniki, a month ago. This park was created on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the initiation of the Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Greece.
In the Canada Park, a sign has been placed to honour Mackenzie King, who was a well known Canadian philhellene politician. Additionally, there is a sculpture, called an Inukshuk, which was created by the sculptor and architect, George Pavlidis, and is based on the Ιnuit style. Both the sign and the sculpture were donated by the Canadian embassy. Next to the sculpture, one can see a photo and a brief reference, in three languages, to the life and work of Mackenzie King.
‘This is another rehabilitation project in Thessaloniki, thanks to the cooperation with a friendly state. These collaborations prove the outward-looking side of the city, while honoring cities and countries with whom we are connected with inextricable links,” mentioned Mr. Konstantinos Zervas, deputy mayor of Thessaloniki.
“Our aim is to reinforce the relations between our twin towns. We want to honor the longitudinal support by Canada and promote the negotiations regarding the aviation relations between Thessaloniki and the cities of Canada,’”added Mr. Spiros Pegkas, Member of the municipal council of Thessaloniki.
Robert Peck, the Canadian ambassador, noted that “the Canada Park underlines the solidarity and the friendship between Canadian and Greek people during World War II, a friendship that remains strong today.”
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The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.
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