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.
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.