Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 07, 2008 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 2008 Vitaemo Festival

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), today announced funding for the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage.

Funding of $13,957 will help the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage present the 6th Annual Vitaemo Festival. This event, which will take place March 15 and 16, 2008, highlights Ukrainian arts and culture and showcases professional and amateur musicians, dancers, and artists.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the 2008 Vitaemo Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Local festivals such as this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Warkentin. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The Troyanda Society applauds the Department of Canadian Heritage for recognizing the benefits provided by community festivals and developing a funding program committed to them," said Pam Pierson, Vitaemo Festival Co-Chair. "The Troyanda Society is proud the Department of Canadian Heritage has chosen to support the Vitaemo Festival and looks forward to bringing our community together to celebrate 'All things Ukrainian.'"

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage, Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager