This short video introduces the Canadian Slovenian Historical Society and outlines the various tasks performed to achieve our goal of recording and preserving the history of Canadian Slovenians.
2019 Video Interviews
On Saturday February 9, 2019, the CSHS held it's 15th AGM in the auditorium at Dom Lipa. After the reports were presented, there were two bylaw changes approved. The term expired for four committee members. Jerry Ponikvar, one of the founding members, did not seek another term, The term also expired for Miriam Čekuta, Mario Ulcar and Anne Žagar. They accepted their roles for another term. Paula (Platnar) Petersen was introduced as a new candidate for the board. All four candidates were voted in by acclamation. Since Pamela Gosnach retired, Mark Ferkul was elected to complete her term. Upon conclusion of the well attended meeting, refreshments were served.
2019 CSHS Annual Fundraiser
The third annual luncheon was held on Sunday, January 20, 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, roast pork and golaž. Despite the cold and snowy weather, there was a large turnout. 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.
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.
CSHS committee member, Jerry Ponikvar, is honoured at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board's Award Ceremony for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education
On November 27, 2018, Jerry Ponikvar was one of four people receiving the highest honour, the Award of Merit for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education. He served as Director of Education for the HWCDSB from 1990 to 1995, providing strong, faith-filled leadership during a time of significant financial restraint and program and facility growth. He not only introduced a number of important initiatives, including the Board’s internship program, the annual parent conference and the establishment of the board’s mission/vision statements, but was involved in the opening of several new elementary and secondary schools. Following his retirement from the HWCDSB, Jerry served on the EQAO Board of Directors and was a founding member of the Permanent Diaconate Diocesan Coordinating Committee and Serra Club.
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