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The Slovenian Canadian Association
Edmonton Alberta

The Edmonton Slovenian Canadian Association was established in 1964. The first board of directors consisted of Frank Klemen, president; Joseph Orel, vice president; Slavko Gantar, treasurer; Anton Tomc, secretary; and Anton Boz, Alojz Cej, and Ivan Hozian. Meetings and special events were held in private homes and rented halls for the first three years. In 1967 property for a social centre was purchased at 66th Street and 161 st Avenue. The facility now accommodates 350 people with picnic and sports facilities on the grounds.
The association maintains a busy schedule. Harvest Festival is celebrated annually in traditional Slovenian fashion. The Cultural Festival includes exhibitions of Slovenian arts and crafts, old time crocheting and spinning, and traditional baking. Among the groups that contribute their talents to Edmonton's yearly Heritage Days celebration are the male vocal ensemble Triglavski fantje and a mixed adult choir. The colourful folk dance companies and instrumental ensembles are warmly received during the festivities. Other activities include children's Christmas concerts and Mother's Day programs. Language courses for children and adults and theatre productions have also been organized.
Edmonton Slovenians do not have their own church. However, the Vincentian missionaries from Toronto visit the local Slovenes during their periodic trips through western Canada. The celebrations of Mass in Slovenian with carol singing at Christmas and Easter, which are held in local Catholic churches, are always treasured events.