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1 Slovak immigrants in British Columbia

2 From the beginning of the 20th century the Slovaks began settling in various areas of British Columbia. They worked primarily in logging, at mills, in construction, the steel industry and a great number in agriculture as farmers. Their settlements were based mostly on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean and then along the Fraser River Valley: Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Surrey, Richmond, Queensborough, Cloverdale, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Haney, Chilliwack, Whonnok and Agassiz. Numerous Slovak groups also began appearing in the eastern areas of British Columbia, like Osoyoos, Kelowna, Rutland, Grand Forks, Trail and Nakusp. According to the 1951 British Columbia Census 2,606 people reported their nationality as Slovak. Most of them lived in the cities of Vancouver, New Westminster and Victoria. The city of New Westminster, in the second half of the 20th century, became the most important center of community and national cultural life of Slovaks in British Columbia.

3 The lumberjack on the right is not identified, yet.
Not everyone that hears the name “Canadian Lumberjack” realizes what it really means. On this photograph from 1939 on the left is Jozef Otrosina, one of the founding members of the Slovak parish In New Westminster. The lumberjack on the right is not identified, yet.

4 This rare photograph from 1939 is from the personal photos of Bertha Palko, nee Otrosina. The group of fallers from the former Czecho-Slovakia is holding before them a 2 man cross cut saw a “bruchacku”, on which is written: Pioneer TB Co. Czecho-Slovakia Fallers Log Camp Sept. 24/ 39. Lying beneath is Andy Shofranko. Jozef Otrosina is second from the left in the first row. Second row second from left is Andrej Onderko and first from the right is Mike Fecko.

5 On the photograph from the late 40’s are Slovaks that belong to the Canadian Slovak League. Their meetings were held on a farm in New Westminster that belonged to the Vitkaj family. The photo falls in the time when the Canadian Slovak League was first organized in Vancouver and most likely one of the very first meetings. Standing from the left: Paul Nociar, Milan Vitkaj, Emil Nociar, John Segec, and Jozef Vitkaj Jr. Sitting from the left: John Kapralik, John Kikta, Paul Segec, Jozef Vitkaj Sr., and Michael Petrencik, Driver of the truck is Anna Vitkaj.

6 Slovak Jesuit Father Ján Sprušanský
lived in Port Moody in 1954

7 Mrs. Maria Benes is one of the oldest living members of this
1956 Wedding of Maria Kikta and Frank Benes in 1956 at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Surrey. In this church and in Holy Spirit in Queensborough many Slovaks from New Westminster and the surrounding areas met once a month. Fr. Lacko, a Slovak Jesuit, encouraged the local Slovaks to start their own parish in 1960. Mrs. Maria Benes is one of the oldest living members of this St. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Parish in New Westminster.

8 The „Older generation“ of Slovaks in New Westminster used every opportunity to familiarize local citizens about their roots, about Slovakia. This photograph is most likely from a Canada Day celebration July 1, In the car decorated with the Slovak insignia, Canadian and Slovak flags you can see John Varga, Joanne Benes, Regina Tobias, Marni Varga, Teresa Tobias, John Krocko and Jozef Racko

9 Amateur theatre was one of the cultural activities and hobbies, which the Slovak immigrants loved to spend their time on. „Stone Path“ (Kamenny chodnicek) is a much loved play, that was rehearsed by the Slovak immigrants in the 1950’s and also by many new immigrants that came after Soviet invasion to Czecho-Slovakia in The photograph was taken at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish in New Westminster at the beginning of the 70’s.

10 Slovak school in New Westminster, 1973

11 Hokey team “Slovak 1974” in North Vancouver

12 Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Church in New Westminster

13 Slovak Hunter Club of St. Hubertus in New Westminster

14 Slovenská komunita v New Westminster

15 Teatro Tatro – Winter Olympic Games 2010

16 RCMP Cdt. Karen Čedík

17 Slávik – Slovak Folklor Group

18 Slávik – Slovak Folklor Group

19 The Great Moravia Choir

20 European Festival, Burnaby 2012

21 Czech and Slovak hockey players, the winners of
The 2012 Adult Safe Hockey League Burnaby, 2. division

22 My grandfather’s motto was: "work hard, live well and give back."
VANCOUVER, May 24, 2012 The BC Cancer Foundation announced the largest charitable bequest to a single beneficiary in B.C.'s history today. William P. J. McCarthy, businessman and grandson of the late John Jambor and creator and executor of his estate plan, gifted an astounding $21.4 million in the Jambor-McCarthy legacy to the BC Cancer Foundation. Ján (John) Jambor, born 1902 in Košice, Slovakia Immigrated to Canada in 1928 with $14.04 in his pocket Moved to BC in 1948 and began a prosperous real estate career Died in 1991 after building a real estate empire My grandfather’s motto was: "work hard, live well and give back."

23 Presentation: by Jožo Starosta
Pictures: archive of Slovo z Britskej Kolumbie

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