Membership

Membership in The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg is open to all by application and nomination and there are two categories of Membership:

 

  • Active membership –  persons of Scottish birth or declared descent, 18 years of age and over who share the Society's objectives and purposes;
  • Associate membership –  persons with no Scottish ancestry, 18 years of age and over who share the Society's objectives and purposes. Associate members have all the rights and privileges of full members but can neither vote on Society business nor hold Office within the Society.

 

Members of The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg, through their membership and financial support, play an important role in the promotion and preservation of Scottish culture and tradition for themselves and their families, and for the people of Manitoba. Members are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting, to a reduced fee for attendance at most Society events and to receiveThe Saltire newsletter in electronic or printed format. All new members are entitled to attend a New Members' Night where they are presented with a Membership Certificate, a lapel pin and a hardcover copy of A Proud Heritage - A History of The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg 1871 - 1982

 

The historical membership list is a veritable Who’s Who of Manitoba society, including premiers, senators, MPs, MLA, mayors, city councillors, chief constables, and numerous members of the military, business community, academia, judiciary, the clergy, the arts, and professions. 

 

The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg recognises that members have differing levels of involvement ranging from those who primarily philanthropically support the Society, and thus its objectives, to those who are members of the Executive Committee. Regardless of your level of potential involvement, we invite you to consider membership in either category. 

 

A membership application may be obtained by sending an email to standrewssocietywpg@gmail.com

 

Info about the Society 

The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg is the oldest continuously active Scottish society in Western Canada. The Society was founded in 1871, the year after Manitoba became a province, and incorporated in 1896 by Act of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. At its inception the Society had two objectives: the care and welfare of immigrant Scots; and the promotion and preservation of Scottish culture in Manitoba. Over time, immigration from Scotland to Canada has declined and government policy has developed to ensure that current immigrants do not require such assistance. The current positions of Honorary Physician, Honorary Chaplain and Honorary Solicitor were, at one time, actively involved in the aid of new immigrants; however their contemporary counterparts no longer play such a role. Consequently the modern role of The St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg is primarily as a financially sustainable Scottish cultural, philanthropic organization which is reflected in the current Mission of the Society "to promote and preserve Scottish culture and tradition for the people of Manitoba".

 

Under the leadership of an Executive Committee (Society President, Immediate Past President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer), and a Board of Managers (15-20 Society members), the Society provides an annual calendar of cultural and social events for members and their guests. Of these the Annual Dinner marking St. Andrew's Day (November 30) is considered the highlight and is attended by many Society members and guests. Normally held on the last Friday in November, the Dinner features a keynote address delivered by a prominent Scot often brought from Scotland for the event. The Annual Dinner is also the principal fundraising event of the year, with charitable donations from ticket sales to The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg Trust Fund.

 

In its acknowledged leadership capacity the Society assists other Scottish groups who promote heritage activities. Through The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg Trust Fund, the Society provides grants to other organizations in Manitoba which support a variety of Scottish cultural activities and programmes. Honour is bestowed on those who achieve success in promoting Scottish culture. Deep commitment to Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg is inherent in the Society which achieves its goals by fairness and cooperative enterprise.