It’s that time of year again!
Our annual general meeting will take place on Sunday, March 15th, at 1:00pm at the Laurier Heights Community Hall, 14405 – 85 Ave NW. All members who have renewed their membership will receive the minutes of last year’s meeting through the mail or via email. If you have not received your copy of the minutes before April 25th or wish to renew your membership please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Coffee/tea/refreshments will be served.
IMANTA’s November 18th Independence Day celebration took place at Laurier Heights Community Hall. We had a lively group and were beautifully entertained by the children’s group led by Zane and Inga G., as well as an adult dance group led by Inga E. A delicious buffet dinner and social evening followed.
Our 2019 scholarship recipients were also announced in November. Congratulations to Ieva, Viktorija, Ervins, Daniels, Davis, Caitlyn! In the last 10 years, IMANTA has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to 97 applicants. Sincere thanks to the scholarship committee adjudicators Linda Payne, Venta Kabzems and Diane Davies for their work on behalf of our applicants.
IMANTA members, their families and friends worked a casino on January 20th and 21st. We are very grateful to all members and friends who supported us during this intense two-day effort. The money we receive from AGLC allows us to function and sponsor the seniors’ taxi program, our scholarships, the children’s program, as well as collaborate with several local organizations.
One of these collaborations is with Pro Coro Canada, one of Canada’s best professional chamber choirs. They will be performing a major work by Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds on Good Friday, April 10th. Tickets are available through Pro Coro or at the Winspear Centre. The composer will be in Edmonton for that week to conduct classes and workshops.
IMANTA will celebrate 73 years on March 8th. It was founded in 1947 and is the oldest active Latvian organization in Canada. One of its founding members, Viola Baker, will celebrate her 98th birthday next week!
The Edmonton Lithuanian Society is holding their annual St. Casimir’s Fair at the Lithuanian Hall on March 7th, starting at 4:30 pm. They are looking for vendors interested in selling what they make, bake, collect and create. Vendor registration and public admission is free. The hall is located at 11629 – 83 Street NW. To register or for more information, contact Ruta at email@example.com
If you are travelling to Ottawa in the spring: The Canadian War Museum, together with the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and the Museum of Jews in Latvia, is holding an exhibition titled The Latvian Tragedy 1941. This exhibit portrays the effect of Soviet and Nazi occupation regimes on Latvian citizens during a year that saw Soviet deportations followed by the Nazi invasion and its tyranny. The exhibit will officially open on March 4th. Further information is attached or can be found on the museum website after the opening date: www.warmuseum.ca/exhibitions/#on
Looking ahead: LIGO!!
Mark your calendars!
Līgo celebrations 2020 will be held at Partridge Hill Hall on Saturday, June 20th. There will be all kinds of possibilities for camping and we hope that many will take advantage of this opportunity. Further details will be announced in the future.
Seniors: remember that you can use taxi vouchers for your transportation needs.
Phone Ena at 780-468-2728 for vouchers.
Tom Richards, husband of IMANTA’s energetic and enthusiastic supporter Helen Richards, passed away in January at the age of 103. Our sincere condolences to Helen, his family and friends.