Edmonton Latvian Society

Edmontonas Latviešu Biedrība

March 2015

Hello everyone,

For those of you who don’t know, March is our anniversary month. IMANTA was founded on March 4th, 1947, and registered as a society a few days later on March 8th.

Much has changed over the years. Ten years ago, we rewrote our by-laws in English and adopted English as our business language. This was controversial at the time but it was made necessary by our changing membership and by our connection to casino funding, to which we send regular reports. Despite the changes, IMANTA has remained true to its mandate of connecting Latvians in
Edmonton and area over the years. We are still a Latvian society, and the oldest active Latvian organisation in Canada.

Our spring meeting and get-together will be held on Sunday, March 29th,
at 1 pm at the Laurier Heights Hall at 14405 – 85 Avenue. A light lunch will be served – we’re calling it A Taste of Latvia.

If anyone in your family has taken part in our scholarship program, our taxi program or the monthly children’s activity group, or if you’ve attended any of our other events, come out on March 29th ! We are encouraged by the turnout of young children and families at the children’s group and welcome new ideas and suggestions.

We have a source of good funding for community activities but we don’t know what the community wants. Līgo this year? English or Latvian language lessons? Sports? We need your input.

If you are unable to attend, please write to us at imantaedmonton@gmail.com Seniors, remember that you can phone Yellow Cab and use taxi vouchers for transportation to meetings, doctors’ appointments or any other event. Our transportation program is well-used and we’re able to offer it through our casino funding. If you need vouchers, please phone Ena at 780-468-2728.

IMANTA has supported several local organisations over the years. We review donation requests twice a year, in May and in November. If you’re involved with a non-profit group, please write to imantaedmonton@gmail.com to request an application form. The deadline is May 1st.

IMANTA also supports a scholarship at NAIT. Information is available at http://www.nait.ca
The next application deadline is August 30, 2015.

If anyone is still wondering where to buy Latvian products in Edmonton, several items can be found at European Market & Produce at different times of the year. 6607 – 177 Street

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