Mississauga might be the new Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest greeting card.
On June 27, 39 – 4’x 8’ panels of the City’s Canada 150 Birthday Card were joined together to create the huge birthday card. The card was assembled at Mississauga Celebration Square as part of the Guinness World Record attempt and measured 155 ft. (47.2 metres) in length.
A key part of the City’s Canada 150 initiatives, the card was designed to give residents the opportunity to wish Canada a Happy Birthday by signing a panel. Since early March, the panels circulated throughout the community and proved to be incredibly popular at local libraries, community centres, the City Centre Transit Terminal, and many City events.
“This was an amazing opportunity for our residents to participate in Canada 150 in a very personal way,” said Mayor Crombie. “Young children, older adults, newcomers and long-time residents all really embraced the card as a way to express their love for this great country and to feel part of the celebrations. The outpouring has been incredible. World record or not, Mississauga enjoyed this chance to extend its very best wishes to Canada.”
Close to an estimated 10,000 residents signed the card.
Special observers were on-site to complete the paperwork required for the world record evaluation. Guinness says that it will be at least eight weeks before the City will know if it is indeed the record holder. There is currently no record holder for the longest greeting card.
Panels of the birthday card will be on display at the Canada Day celebrations at Mississauga Celebration Square. The City plans to digitally archive the panels to preserve them for Canada’s 200th birthday in 2067.
Photo: Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Members of Council and the City’s Leadership Team stand in front of Mississauga’s Biggest Birthday Card.
L-R: City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer Janice Baker, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 8 Councillor Matt Mahoney, Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, Commissioners Ed Sajecki and Paul Mitcham