We’re going to show Canada how we do it

PORT HARDY—Music, food, entertainment, terrific prizes and more will be the highlights of a day

PORT HARDY—Music, food, entertainment, terrific prizes and more will be the highlights of a day set aside to celebrate the North Island and try to save a Port Hardy business.

Later this month, Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc., a Port Hardy business to be featured on CBC’s new reality show, The Big Decision, will host a day at the Civic Centre that will be long on fun, and short on cash.

In fact, organizers are telling people to leave their wallets at home.

“It should turn out to be one great day,” said Carol Dirom who, along with her husband, Bruce, owns Hardy Buoys.

The Big Decision uses two stars from its hit show, The Dragon’s Den, to work with struggling, but established Canadian businesses to offer advice and maybe even investment cash — if certain criteria is met.

One of those is Carol’s challenge to organize a community event that draws attention to the North Island.

For you cave-dwellers out there, that happens Feb. 26.

“This event is so heart-warming,” said Carol.

“I can’t even explain the outpouring of support we’re getting, people are calling all the time to donate or volunteer, it really is overwhelming — what an awesome piece of Canada we live in.

”To give a little back, Carol asked anyone planning to attend the event at the Civic Centre bring along a non-perishable food item to help the Food Bank and the North Island’s less fortunate.

“The CBC wanted to see community spirit,” said Carol.

“Well, we have the opportunity  to show the rest of Canada how our little piece of the country lives, works and plays.”

The Big Event takes place most of the day Feb. 26 and offers free food, entertainment and prizes.