Pictured from left: Peter Perepolkin

Minister’s cultural tour edges close to three hours

Doukhobor Discovery Centre proves fascinating for visitors

The Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society is pleased to announce the presentation of a $68,000 infrastructure grant by the Honorable John Duncan to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre on behalf of The Honorable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for the Western Economic Diversification Fund. The much needed funding will make a significant difference in the implementation of infrastructure improvements at the Doukhobor Village Museum.

President, Peter Perepolkin along with Museum Administrator, Lisa Poznikoff had the opportunity to showcase the museum and grounds to the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State, the Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North along with his wife Donna Richardson by taking them on a tour of the facility after the official presentation at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.

It was privilege to show Minister Duncan the infrastructure improvements that have taken place to date, as well as scheduled upgrades to be completed later this fall.  Minister Duncan and his wife were genuinely interested in the history of the Doukhobors as they spent nearly 3 hours asking questions and touring the buildings.

On behalf of the Society and the Discovery Centre, President Peter Perepolkin presented the Minister and his wife with a framed print depicting a Sunday Gathering of Doukhobors in Ootischenia on May of 1928, a gift which the Minister was genuinely moved to receive.

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