45 years of history – a work in progress

Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society holds AGM in Castlegar

In its 45th season, the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society (KDHS) held a successful Open House and AGM at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The 2014 season  began by showcasing the intense cleanup of the grounds, reorganization of displays and $70,000 worth of infrastructure upgrades.

The AGM of the KDHS took place at the end of the day with a recap of the previous season and winter renovations, as well as projects being planned for the 2014 year. “We will be focusing this season on fundraising towards renovating the Bistro for opening next season”, was once such project within the Museum Administrator, Lisa Poznikoff’s report. Other projects will focus on artifact restoration, storage, and digital cataloguing, as well as a heritage garden.

The Treasurer’s report showed a balanced budget, and focussed on strong fiscal responsibility and accountability. After the dire state of financial mismanagement the board discovered in the spring of 2013, we are thrilled to start 2014 in the black with a healthy start of funds. The proposed 2014 budget was approved by all attending membership and kudos given for the hard work done to get the books in order. After acknowledging former board member and Vice President, Walter Pereverzoff, who passed away this spring, nominations for the 2014-15 board were opened. The revised KDHS Bylaws call for nine directors. Along with incumbent directors, we are pleased to have Cathy Pereverzoff and Gerry Hoodicoff elected. The directors then held a brief meeting to elect the executive. The 2014/15 Board of Directors welcomes Vera Woykin, the newly elected President, Vera Kanigan as Vice President, and Ev Voykin who continues as Treasurer, along with Directors Andy Ozeroff, Cathy Pereverzoff, Edna Sapriken, Gerry Hoodicoff, Nat Voykin and Peter Perepolkin as Past President.

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre, 112 Heritage Way, in Castlegar, is officially open for the season as of May 1, 2014. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – seven days a week until September 30, 2014.

Admissions are: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5 and Children FREE.

Contact Lisa Poznikoff, Museum Administrator at 250-365-5327 for more information.