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Memories and mementos from Canada’s 100th birthday

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It was only 50 years ago that Canada reached its centennial milestone. As we look ahead to Canada’s 150th birthday, we asked Global News readers to send us some of their fondest memories and mementos from 1967.

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Here are just a few of the stories behind the well-preserved memories.

‘Centennial Athlete’ badge

Sharon Jarymy from Langley, B.C., achieved this silver badge for completing a series of physical exercises at school for the Participaction program. The badge named her a “Centennial Athlete.” Jarymy also held onto this gold commemorative medal from the Centennial.

Centennial memory folder

The Prince of Wales Public School in Windsor, Ont., distributed their school photos in this memory folder for Canada’s Centennial. The folder contained a page featuring the Fathers of Confederation. Phyllis Thomas-Court from Amherstburg, Ont., sent us these images of the memento, noting that the school was demolished in 2009.

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Phyllis Thomas-Court
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Phyllis Thomas-Court

Coin set with wildlife designs

Fred Cummings from British Columbia shared this image of a centennial coin set issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. He said his mother worked at a bank and would buy him a commemorative coin every year, but in 1967 she purchased this boxed set for him instead.

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“I have every intention of passing them on to my children since they remain a tangible memory of a special gift from my mother and a special time for Canada,” he wrote.

Centennial cufflinks

This photo of a cufflink with the centennial logo was sent to us by Storm Purdy from Calgary, Alta. He said he inherited them from his father who served as the president of the Canadian Construction Association in 1967.

“Up until just over a year ago, I had both and worn them with pride,” he said. The other cufflink went missing when he rolled up his sleeves on a flight from Manchester, England to Aberdeen, Scotland.

Centennial memories and a romance, rekindled

One touching photo memento came from Larry and Cheryl Toms from Havelock, Ont. As teens in love, they took their first trip as a couple to Montreal for Expo 67. For various reasons, they split ways and ended up marrying other people. But after they both found themselves single again five years ago, they rekindled their love over lunch.

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“It was as if we had never parted. One never really forgets their first love,” wrote Cheryl.

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Cheryl, aged 16, at Expo 67 in Montreal. Cheryl & Larry Toms
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(L) Cheryl and Larry Toms at Larry's sister's wedding in 1967. (R) Cheryl and Larry Toms at their wedding in 2013. Cheryl & Larry Toms

Click through the photo gallery below for more centennial mementos sent by Global News readers:

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Souvenir coin set and $1 bills from 1967. Global News reader
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Centennial souvenir plate. Shauna Rempel
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Reader Colleen Chiles said her grandmother purchased the official Centennial tartan shirts and dresses for all the grandchildren. Colleen Chiles
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Centennial Commission lapel pin. Caron Wood
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Canadian Centenary memento plate. Jil McIntosh
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Centennial stamps with floral emblems and coats of arms of Canadian provinces and territories. Mirna Jope
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Tea towel from Montreal Expo 67. Delvin Ahde
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An original 45 record of the Cetennial Song, performed by the Young Canada Singers. Colleen Chiles
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club
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Matchbook covers from Canada's centennial. Trans Canada Matchcover Club

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