Greeks arrive in Winnipeg
Tom Julius – from Laconia, Greece.
First official Greek Association in Winnipeg.
GREEK COMMUNITY OF WINNIPEG
First General Meeting in the Manitoba Hall and establishment within the guidelines of the law the first chapter of the Greek community under the name “GREEK COMMUNITY OF WINNIPEG”
First President of the Greek Community of Winnipeg
First establishment of Greek School evening classes
1st Greek Community meeting
First meeting of the members of the Greek Community of Winnipeg
First Greek Orthodox priest
First Greek Orthodox priest arrives in Winnipeg – Rev. Fr. Michael Stoikos
The wives of the Greeks establish the Ladies philanthropic association – ELPIS
Greeks Join Canada’s Jubilee
Participate officially as a Greek Community in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Canada’s Independence
AHEPA in Winnipeg
AHEPA established in Winnipeg under the name “POLIKOS ASTER CJ8”
Growing Stronger Together
Reach 44 members in the Greek Community of Winnipeg (monthly dues 50 cents)
Greek War Relief
Greek War Relief Fund was established to help the Greek refugees of the war between Greece and Italy as part of WWII
Purchase of a house on Edmonton & Ellice Streets, which becomes known to all as the “Greek House” – used as a church, school, hall for meetings, parties etc.
Daughters of Penelope
Daughters of Penelope was established.
Establishment of the first youth group – Greek Canadian Youth Club – later to fold into GOYA in 1952 (first GOYA President, Miss Mary Kelekis)
Establishment of Junior GOYA (first President, Jim Pappas)
400 GREEK ORTHODOX PEOPLE
Officially moved into the old church at 103 Furby Street; 400 Greek Orthodox people in the community
GREEK ORTHODOX CHOIR
Establishment of Greek Orthodox Choir by Mrs. Helen Cholakis
GREEK ARCHDIOCESE RECOGNITION
Official religious recognition of the Greek Community of Winnipeg from the Greek Archdiocese of America
The first Greek Soccer Team established – OLYMPIANS
Organ purchased for Choir
Official dedication of the church – the Godfather is Mr. Theo Christakos and the church is given the name of St. Demetrios
Begin publishing Community Bulletin (on weekly basis) with help of Miss Mary Kelekis
REV. FR. ANTHONY
The arrival of Rev. Fr. Anthony Mavromaras
JUNIOR GOYA REESTRUCTURE
Re-organization of JUNIOR GOYA by Miss Mary Kelekis
BEST GREEK COMMUNITY IN CANADA
First Clergy-Laity Conference in Canada and the Greek Community of Winnipeg voted Best Greek Community in Canada
GREEK DANCE ON TV
First TV program showing Greek dances and songs by young Winnipeg Greek boys and girls on CJAY-TV
GREEK CONSULATE IN WINNIPEG
First establishment of a Greek Consulate in Winnipeg, Mr. Michael John Mercury
First time carolling by Greek Choir
GREEK LIBRARY BY GOYA
Establishment of Greek Library by GOYA
First noteworthy social event – the visit by performer Theresa Stratas, who gives concert
REV. FR. A MAVROMARAS
First missionary work performed by Rev. Fr. A Mavromaras with trip to Northern Manitoba
First boys Cub Pack established
First Clergy-Laity Conference hosted by the Greek Community of Winnipeg
GREEK TELEPHONE BOOK
First Greek Community of Winnipeg telephone book
GREEK CHILDREN’S CHOIR
The first performance of Greek Children’s Choir in Winnipeg
Canada’s Centennial – various events throughout the city featuring Greek performers
Winnipeg Greek soccer team re-established – OLYMPICS
1ST DIRECT AIR ROUTE
Establishment of the first direct air route between Canada and Greece by C.P. Air.
GREEK DAY FOR EATONS
Declaration of Greek Day for Eatons Christmas Tree Festival.
GREEK RADIO PROGRAM
Inauguration of the first Greek Radio Program in Winnipeg.
BY-LAWS FOR THE GREEK COMMUNITY
The first official By-Laws for the Greek Community of Winnipeg were presented and unanimously passed.
Establishment of Greek Pavilion as part of Folklorama
Mr. Theodore Christakos donates $50,000 to the Greek School, which from then on, bears his name.
Manitoba’s Centennial – various events throughout city featuring Greek performers.
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY
The Mayor of Winnipeg, the Honourable Stephen Juba, issued a Proclamation declaring the 25th of March to be Greek Independence Day honouring Greece’s 150-year anniversary of Independence (Greek flag raised at City Hall).
50th anniversary of AHEPA in North America
The new church at 2255 Grant Avenue was officially dedicated.
1ST TV PROGRAM
First TV Program established for the Greek Community of Winnipeg.
SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
The first celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy at new church, featuring 25 Orthodox priests and 1000 people in attendance.
Visit from Greek movie actor – George Maharis
GREEK CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
The Greek Cultural Society of Manitoba and the Greek Folk Dancers of Manitoba were established in order to help maintain Greek customs and traditions and teach national Greek dances.
THE RESURRECTION WINDOW ART
New stained glass window depicting “The Resurrection” was installed at the back of the church
Winnipeg Greek Soccer Team re-established – HELLAS
GRANT FOR GREEK CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
The Manitoba Government gives a grant of $33,000 to the Greek Community of Winnipeg to assist us in our cultural activities
Nana Mouskouri visits Winnipeg to perform
Mr. Theo Christakos donates Iconostasis to the church
MR. GEORGE SAVALAS
Mr. George Savalas visits Winnipeg and performs
MR. THEO CHRISTAKOS PASSES AWAY
Greek Community hosts Walk-a-Thon