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Building Calgary Communities SPEAKER SERIES



This series sponsored by the Chinook Country Historical Society (CCHS) and the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) highlights the contribution of the many groups that comprise our city today. It explores the pioneers who came to Calgary to build a new life while enriching our city with the culture of their homeland.

Our objective is to highlight the individuals from these communities that brought their pioneering spirit along with their traditions and beliefs. Why did they come here? What have they contributed to our community? How did they make it easier for others to follow in their footsteps? What imprint has this community left on our city and province?

Events will generally be held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of January, June, July and August.


The Czech Community of Calgary

Speaker: Lubos K. Pesta, Q.C. (Lou), a lawyer of Czech descent who immigrated to Canada with his parents after the Russian occupation of the former Czechoslovakia in 1968. Lou and his family recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their arrival in Canada on November 9th, 1969.

Photo courtesy of Lou Pesta

The Presentation: Lou will talk about the two primary immigration waves of Czech Nationals to Calgary (1948 and 1969-1989) and review some of the more prominent individuals of Czech descent in the City.  Primarily, however, Lou’s talk will focus on his personal immigration story (which mirrors that of many other immigrants) as well as his experiences during the Russian Invasion of 1968 which was the catalyst for the second immigration wave which included Lou’s family.  Lou’s presentation will be accompaniedby a “slide” presentation of the invasion of 1968 as well as photos from Lou’s journey to Canada.

When:  Friday, February 7, 2020
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW
Facilitator:Facilitator

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. No registration required.

Calgary's Jewish Community

Like other Calgarians of diverse backgrounds, Jews have made notable contributions to city life. Though no more than two per cent of Calgary's population at its peak (one in 50 Calgarians was Jewish in the 1921 and 1941 census years), the community and is members have engaged as fully as possible with the broader population through business, arts and culture, military service, politics, public school, and membership in service organizations. Join historian Harry Sanders, a board member of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, for an illustrated talk on the history of Jewish Calgary. 

Presenter: Harry Sanders



When:Friday, March 6, 2020
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW
Facilitator:Facilitator

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. No registration required.


Past Presentations

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public


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