The History of the Canadian Club

by Ann Harrison

The current Canadian Club has evolved from organizations which were started up in the '70's. We believe the first one was formed in 1975 by John Trelevyn, Jack Findlay, & Eric Warrington, and the club was mainly a social one. Together with the Canadian Embassy, the Canadian Club supported an orphanage (started by a Canadian) close to Cartago.

The orphanage was made up of cabins with a resident pair of parents and about eight children. Any extra money that the Club had was turned over to them. The orphanage later ran a bakery on site and that helped out with their expenses.

There were large parties at that time for the special Canada Days and they were all well attended by the Embassy staff.

In the 1980's things started slowing down and the club began to shrink until yearly subscription was, at most, 50 people. In the early 90's it was still basically a social club.

Around 1993 there was some dissention and some members broke away to form another Canadian Club. This did not sit well with either the Canadian community or the Embassy, and members from both clubs worked hard to get the two groups to merge. In 1997 we became one again, and now it is a very enjoyable and hard working Club.

We raised funds for the Salvation Army from time to time, but especially during the Hurricane Mitch crisis in 1998. In 1999 we established a committee system to help both the Canadian and Costa Rican communities.

The Outreach Committee  continues to be very active and since 2000 has donated more than US $240,000 to institutions and schools serving  very poor communities.

On July 1st. 2001 the official 'Canadian Club' web site was launched, and is regularly updated by a club member.

Why not join the 'Canadian Club of Costa Rica' and help us create some new history to be proud of!