OUR STORY

VOLUNTEER DRIVEN SINCE 1972

In 1972 a group of 158 Vilna residents signed
an application to form the

Vilna & District Agricultural Society.

These signatures, along with affidavits,

 were submitted to the Minister of Agriculture.

The application met the requirements
of the Agricultural Societies Act, and the Minister
issued a charter to be presented to the people of
Vilna by Mr. Grant Gillund,

the District Agriculturist at Smoky Lake.

The Vilna & District Agricultural Society

was formed on March 16, 1972,

with a membership of 162.
The first annual meeting of the society was
held in the Vilna School gymnasium on April 18, 1972.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT - Charlie Leskiw

VICE PRESIDENT- Bernie Buyar

SECRETARY-TREASURER - Marion Vinnette

DIRECTOR- Frank Barry

DIRECTOR- Donna Cherniwchan

DIRECTOR- Ray Copeland

DIRECTOR- Ed Dyck

DIRECTOR- Ron Farmer

DIRECTOR- Mary Flondra

DIRECTOR- Peter Flondra

Vilna Curling Rink

During the first annual general meeting, many possibilities of the projects the society

could attempt to undertake were discussed. 

In 1972, the groundwork was laid for the building of the Complex consisting of a skating rink shell plus three sheets of curling ice.

Applications were submitted for Provincial and Federal Government grants. 

Following many successful fundraising ventures, Vilna saw the completion of the

new Complex in December 1973.

An official celebration was held on March 2, 1974.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT - Charlie Leskiw

VICE PRESIDENT- Bernie Buyar

SECRETARY-TREASURER - Marion Vinnette

DIRECTOR- Frank Barry

DIRECTOR- Donna Cherniwchan

DIRECTOR- Ray Copeland

DIRECTOR- Ed Dyck

DIRECTOR- Ron Farmer

DIRECTOR- Mary Flondra

DIRECTOR- Peter Flondra

STAFF

FACILITY CARE-TAKER - Roy Dyck

OFFICE MANAGER - Rebecca Joseph

1975-1983 were years of growth for the Society & community. The need was identified to

build a hall with a library, and the

sod turning ceremony was held in 1984.

A total of 4 acres of land was purchased for $25,000.

Some of the funds were loaned

by 35 residents who saw value in the project. 

The Cultural Center was officially

opened on September 1, 1990.

The Cultural Center houses the Vilna Municipal Library.

Vilna Cultural Center & Library