It is good to be home
McIvers residents embrace chance to share time with family and friends
Martha (Morgan) Quigley has been fortunate to spend a lot of time with her seven grandchildren in Pickering, Ont., but being able to have them all home together for a special occasion had her pretty emotional this week.
She hasn’t been back to McIver’s in over 40 years so being apart of the McIver’s Come Home Year celebrations with her seven grandchildren and her children — Denise and Dan Quigley — was going to be treasured time for sure.
“It’s really a dream come true for me to have all of us home for Come Home Year,” she said after the Come Home Year Parade made its way through the winding roads in the north shore community that was all hustle and bustle under a bright sunny sky Saturday afternoon.
People of all walks of life walked along the parade route with their different colour shirts with their surname proudly displayed while others drove along in side-by-sides or their personal vehicles.
Families took time to gather everybody together for a few photos as they prepared for the parade. There were a few handshakes exchanged, a few hugs and a few leaky eyes.
It has been a celebration in the works for years thanks to the Come Home Year Committee and now everybody is soaking up the opportunity to talk to people they haven’t seen in a long time.
The geography of the land separates a lot of these folks, but they were in high spirits and out in full force for a week of activities that will see music, culture and food enjoyed by generations of Parks, Lovells and Blanchards to name a few.
For this proud nanny, she was impressed with how many people decided to participate in the parade and she was happy to see some old friends. She was also happy to meet some of the people who are connected to the community that she never met before because she’s been gone so long.
Warren Lovell made the trek back to McIver’s from Kelowna, B. C. to get caught up with family. He wasn’t born in Newfoundland but a lot of his family remain connected to the Rock so he always makes an effort to come home when life allows him to do so.
“It’s always nice to get home and it’s important to stay connected with family,” Lovell said. “I don’t get to see a lot of people very often so it’s always nice when you can.”
Some families chose to wear red. Some chose blue. Some chose black.
It was just an individual family’s choice.
But they make it clear to everybody they’re all from McIvers.
Travis Burrdge, left, and Paul Burridge carry The Burridge banner with family members by their side during the McIvers Come Home Year Parade held Saturday afternoon in the North shore community.
Residents of McIvers were out in full force for the Come Home Year Parade Saturday afternoon. Here, from left, Brenda Park, Marsha Park and Jerri Lynn Lovell lead the charge with the Come Home Year Committee banner.
Theresa Park waves to a handful of people from the back of a side-by-side driven by Larry Lawrence during the McIvers Come Home Year Parade Saturday afternoon.
Eleanor Charlebois sits atop her dad Andre’s shoulders with the George family out in full force for the McIvers Come Home Year Parade Saturday afternoon.