Unveiling of Monument dedicated to Captain John
On August 8, 2018 a monument was unveiled at the location where Captain John's Restaurant used to be docked. The monument includes the anchor from the ship Jadran. The event was coordinated by Joe Mihevc, city of Toronto councilor, and his office. In attendance were also the former mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, and former mayor of Toronto, David Crombie. All three spoke eloquently and supportively about John Letnik's vision of the waterfront and his contribution to the city of Toronto.
2018 CSHS Annual Fundraiser Another Success
The second annual luncheon was held on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church Hall. The display table was populated with many photographs and documents of a historical nature, highlighting Canadian Slovenian activities throughout the years. Emily Chicorli, our archivist answered questions and encouraged people to have a look and see if they can identify any of the people in the photos. In the kitchen, Maria Soršak and her crew prepared three different types of meals: chicken schnitzel, vampi and golaž. Over 250 meals were sold including take-out orders Thank you for supporting us again this year.
The website continues to be updated as information and pictures become available. The GALLERY section is very informative as it provides a brief summary and pictures of what happened during each era. Recently many pictures from Lipa Park in St. Catherines were added to the GALLERY section highlighting their activities for the past 50 years.
We are looking for pictures of early days in Canada, such as depictions of one’s first job, completing the work contract, the start of various Slovenian organizations, etc. When submitting pictures of parents and grandparents from years ago, please provide some commentary to enable better understanding and perspective.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM for the Canadian Slovenian Historical Society was attended by 19 members on February 17, 2018 in the boardroom at Moya Financial at 725 Brown's Line in Etobicoke. The reports were presented by the board followed by elections. Mary Rozmanc, Pamela Gosgnach and Mary Ponikvar-Desanti were re-elected by acclamation. Stephanie Schaeffer (Smolej) was newly elected to the board. Stephanie has been a volunteer for the past year. Her contributions include maintaining social media and designing posters and flyers. The meeting concluded with a social including refreshments and typical Slovenian pastry.
There are some interesting videos and stories on the Pier 21 website about the Slovenian refugees who came to Canada: Visit Pier 21
Some pictures of Canadian Slovenians
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, one of the government’s initiatives was to invite the various embassies to showcase their countries and culture. Friday, June 23 was Slovenia’s day, and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia welcomed various Slovenian groups and organizations from across Canada, who proudly presented Slovenia in dance, song and food, and by displaying cultural artifacts. The CSHS was pleased to be a participant as well. The event took place in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.
Dr. Zvone Žigon (third from the left) from the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad with some of the CSHS members
Slovenian Ambassador Dr. Marjan Cencen (fourth from the left) with some of the CSHS members