Celebrating 100 years in Western Canada is a big deal. Here are two of the major projects and involve many supporters with Swiss-Canadian connections.
In 2010, the Swiss Mountain Guides Exhibit was created. Film director Josias Tschanz, together with mountaineering experts and special guest speakers, has created a documentary to showcase the history of the guides. This new documentary has now drawn interest from around the world!
UPDATE: We have launched the film with premieres in Vancouver, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta. We were very happy to see that theatres were filled to capacity with eager movie goers. Joining us at the launches were some of those interviewees featured in the film: Kolani Bezzola (Mountain Guide), Brett Oland (Director of the Whyte Msueum), Colleen Palumbo (Golden Archives and Museums), Susan Engler Potts (daughter of Bruno Engler), Associate Minister Dave Rodney (Gov’t of Alberta), Josias Tschanz (Director, Counting Ants Productions).
Never before has the history of Swiss Immigration to Canada been brought together with interesting stories, facts and photos. Ilona Shulman Spaar (PhD) is has written a book called Swiss Immigration to Canada: Achievement, Testimonies, Relations.
UPDATE: Many people joined us at the Book Launch in Vancouver in November, 2013 to discover the book. Here’s what they are saying:
“…I found the book most fascinating. It is conscientiously researched, written and pleasantly presented…”
“…The book is superb, the contents interesting and informative…”
“…My wife and I are thoroughly enjoying the book which is beautifully written and elegantly presented…”
“…I was surprised about the wide scope of your book and the balanced way with which you presented the national and regional dimensions of our immigration history…”
Swiss Immigration to Canada will be available for all to enjoy and buy at the beginning of December, 2013 on amazon.ca.