Celebrate WA is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for promoting and organising the annual WA Day celebrations; promoting excellence and achievement by Western Australians in all fields of endeavour; and encouraging pride in all things Western Australian.
A strategic Board guides the extensive Celebrate WA program of activities around Western Australia each year. Board members bring a range of experiences, networks and skills to the organisation which helps drive Celebrate WA’s vision and diverse programs and events. Board members share a passion for Western Australia and have a deep commitment and enthusiasm for developing the Celebrate WA organisation.
The WA Day holiday always takes place on the first Monday in June and is now the focal point for encouraging state-wide participation in the wide range of activities and events that showcase the Western Australian spirit and our many achievements. As a vast geographic area comprising many different urban, rural and regional communities, as well as being a very multicultural community, the emphasis for WA Day celebrations is on inclusion of all people no matter how long they have called themselves Western Australians.
The first Monday in June date for WA Day maintains a symbolic link to the previous Foundation Day which marked the day when the first European settlers, under the command of Captain James Stirling RN, Lieutenant Governor, arrived from Britain to settle the Swan River Colony.
Foundation Day was formally changed to WA Day following bipartisan political support in the Western Australian Parliament. The legislation emphasised that the new ‘State Day’ was to be inclusive for all Western Australians, recognising our Aboriginal history, our early European settlers and the many people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Western Australia their home.
To engage Western Australians in celebratory activities that promote and recognise Western Australian excellence in our people, lifestyle, culture and potential.
- Develop opportunities that encourage mass participation across all sections of the Western Australian community in Celebrate WA celebratory activities;
- Recognise excellence in our people, lifestyle, culture and potential;
- Promote and lead in the development of a sense of a ‘Western Australian community’;
- Engage and promote the participation of Western Australians of all ages in celebrating their state and achievements of their peers;
- Provide opportunities for involvement in celebrations for Western Australians living in regional and remote communities;
- Leverage marketing and promotional potential of Western Australia’s unique heritage, culture, identity and location.
Our program objectives
The program objectives, which flow from the organisational goals, are to:
- Raise awareness of ‘WA Day’ as a key focal point in the program.
- Foster discussions within our community on what it means to be Western Australian.
- Encourage state-wide participation in activities programmed from a broad range of community groups.
- Collaborate with stakeholders and partners to deliver a range of events and activities that are diverse and that showcase the Western Australian spirit and achievements.
- Provide valuable and relevant information for access by the public (community groups and schools) on Western Australia’s unique heritage, culture, identity and location.