History of Canadian Polish Congress in British Columbia

History of the Canadian Polish Congress is divided into two periods presented below. In the first period our Polish-Canadian umbrella organization in Canada was named the Federation of Polish Societies in Canada. The Federation was granted federal status on February 7, 1933, under Corporation Number #349500. The change of the name of our organization came to effect during the General Meeting held in Toronto 2-4 September 1944.

 

Prince (Ksiaze) Wlodzimierz Czetwertynski and his wife Elzbieta,

First President of  CPC/KPK in BC.

 

Prince ( Ksiaze )  Wlodzimierz Czetwertynski and his wife Elzbieta came to BC right after the end of the second World War. His full name was  Wlodzimierz Swiatopelk Czetwertynski , he comes from an old Polish family and was born in 1907 w Suchowale, Dolny Slask, Polska. He died in 1965 in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. His wife, Elżbieta, daughter of Count Albert Wielopolski and Contessa Elżbieta Zamoyska died in Vancouver in 2004. Władysław and Elżbieta had two children: Jerzy (George) Czetwertynski and Krystyna Czetwertyńska. The House of Czetwertyński-Światopełk comes in direct lineage from Great Prince of Kiev Michail Światopolk II (from the Royal House of Rurik), who ruled the Principality of Kiev in XII century and died in 1113. 

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Pictures from Early History Of Canadian Polish Congress 

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50 Anniversary of CPC/KPK   

      ~~~ 1994  ~~~

1994 was a very important year in Polish Community in British Columbia 

 

50th Anniversary of Canadian Polish Congress 

50th Anniversary of St Casimirs Parish 

 

In 1994 KPK/CPC BC cellebrated its 50th anniversary.

Please see the slideshow from this  event. 

 
Anniversary Celebrations 17 Sept 1994
 
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of Canadian Polish Congress British Columbia
 

 

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50 Years  Anniversary Celebrations  of Canadian Polish Congress British Columbia
1984 Pope John Paul II in Vancouver / Abbotsford
Polish Pope Visit 1984
Polish Pope Visit 1984

Polonia welcomes Polish Pope
Polonia welcomes Polish Pope

Polonia blessed with the Popes visit
Polonia blessed with the Popes visit

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Polish Pope Visit 1984

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These were the times of "Solidarnosc" 

 

 

Solidarnosc 1990
Solidarnosc 1990

W roku 1990 prezesem OKregu KPK byl Feliks Mazurek. Na manifestacji byli : byla prezes KPK E. Nesterowicz I b. prezes KPK B. Wilinski, oraz z SPK V-ce prezes dr. Szafnicki.

Solidarnosc 1990
Solidarnosc 1990

1992 - President KPK B. Wilinski
1992 - President KPK B. Wilinski

Odsloniecie rzezby Ryszarda Wojciechowskiego w North Vancouver 1972 – przemawia prez KPK B.Wilinski

Solidarnosc 1990
Solidarnosc 1990

W roku 1990 prezesem OKregu KPK byl Feliks Mazurek. Na manifestacji byli : byla prezes KPK E. Nesterowicz I b. prezes KPK B. Wilinski, oraz z SPK V-ce prezes dr. Szafnicki.

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Key Chain CPC/KPK
Key Chain CPC/KPK

Zlota Odznaka CPC/KPK - Gold Pin
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Awards

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Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy
with Jerzy Owsiak -  helping raise the funds 

      ~~~ 1994  ~~~     

Amazing event organized by Radio Gamma and Canadian Polish Congress

Jurek Owsiak - charity from Poland
Jurek Owsiak - charity from Poland

Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy
Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy

Jerzy Owsiak - charity from Poland
Jerzy Owsiak - charity from Poland

Jurek Owsiak - charity from Poland
Jurek Owsiak - charity from Poland

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Nineties - History in Pictures - Canadian Polish Congress 

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50th Anniversary Ball - Canadian Polish Congress celebrated in Hotel Vancouver, Pacific Ballroom, Octover 15, 1994

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Polish Days 1995

Parade

Parade

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Gold CPC Pins

Gold CPC Pins

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Canadian Polish Congress sponsors a couple from Bosnia.  They had a warm welcoming party upon arrival to Canada. 

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CPC/KPK BC meetings  - slideshow

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May 4 2014  

 

70th Anniversary Gala

of Canadian Polish Congress  British Columbia 

 

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