At the Madawaska Valley Council meeting of February 19, Mayor Kim Love awarded the 2018 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the Wilno Heritage Society. In her address, Mayor Love gave a brief history of the Wilno Heritage Society since its inception in 1998 to commemorate and celebrate Canada’s unique Polish Kashub cultural heritage. She said,
The Wilno Heritage Society stands out as deserving special recognition in 2018 primarily because that recognition is long overdue and also because the renewal of their lease with the municipality shows a steadfast commitment to preserving and sharing their heritage and culture for a very long time to come. It will be exciting to see what the energy, drive and passion of this amazing group of volunteers produces as they continue their mission over the next twenty years… It is an honour and a privilege to present the 2018 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the Wilno Heritage Society.
In accepting the Award, Wilno Heritage Society President Peter Glofcheskie thanked the Mayor and said,
You hit the nail right on the head when you talked about why this Society has done so well. It has done so well because of the dedication and the numbers of people involved…. Often when you build something, when you have an idea, there’s enthusiasm– and enthusiasm builds it and gets it going. But you must have the same enthusiasm to keep it going, or else it goes into disrepair. You’re not relevant anymore and things don’t happen anymore.
Glofcheskie said that in his eight years as President, membership of the Wilno Heritage Society has stayed at almost four hundred. He pointed out that at least six or seven thousand people visit Wilno Heritage Park every year. He complimented the volunteers and said,
It’s not one person, it’s not an executive, it’s the community, our Polish Kashub Canadian community.
Previous winners of the Mayor’s Appreciation Award include the Madawaska Valley Food Bank (2017), the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society (2016) and the Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care.
Featured photo: (From left) Ed Chippior, Ursula Jeffrey, Bev Glofcheskie, Mayor Kim Love, Larry Serran, Peter Glofcheskie, Councillor David Shulist