Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 14, 2009 17:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 2009 Vitaemo Festival

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), today announced funding for the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage. This funding will be used to support the 7th annual Vitaemo Festival, which will be held from March 13 to 15, 2009. The Festival highlights Ukrainian arts and culture and showcases professional and amateur musicians, dancers, and artists.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy."

"It is important to encourage celebrations like the Vitaemo Festival," said Mr. Warkentin. "This festival promotes a strong sense of pride among members of our community and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to celebrating Canada's rich and diverse culture."

"The Troyanda Society is honoured to once again receive funding from the Government of Canada," said Wendy Feschuk, Vitaemo Festival Co-Chair. "It is wonderful that the federal government recognizes the importance of cultural events like the Vitaemo Festival and we look forward to bringing 'All things Ukrainian' to the residents of the Peace Country."

The Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage is a local not-for-profit organization that is mandated to keep the culture and traditions of Ukraine alive and meaningful in the Grande Prairie community.

Funding of $9,500 is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage, Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations