The Nanaimo Centennial Committee was formed in 1964 to organize local celebrations for the centennial of the union of the the two crown colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia in 1866 and Canadian confederation in 1867. The first Committee members included: Frank Ney, Harold Hackwood, E.K. Fletcher, F.P. Sloat, W.H. Cochrane, L.J. Wallace, J.B. Litch, Mayor Pete Maffeo and City Clerk Harold Nicholson.