The root of the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Saskatoon dates back to the early and mid-years of 2000 when the ‘tiny’ number of Ghanaians in Saskatoon started having social gatherings to foster relationships among them. However the reality of forming an association did not materialize until the recent past.
In September of 2011 at the Pike Lake Provincial Park in Saskatchewan, a social gathering of a group of Ghanaians and their friends revived and renewed the interest of forming an association. Fast forwarding, GCAS was officially launched on Saturday December 24, 2011 at the Albert Community Center on Clarence Avenue South, Saskatoon, with the election of a seven-member executive committee who took over from the then appointed interim executive committee. The interim committee drafted our constitution and prepared the grounds for the formation of GCAS.
We were incorporated in the month of March 2012 as a Not-for-Profit organization.
GCAS was formed to preserve the unique culture, language, tradition and heritage of Ghana. We create and support a cordial and social environment that facilitates the settlement and integration of ‘new comer’ Ghanaians into Saskatoon and its environs. The association is run by a seven-member executive committee chaired by the president and is guided by our two live patrons and eight elders.
The association is run financially by the contribution of members (annual dues) and donations from members and other well-wishers. Our current registered membership is about 130 people with about 180 people on our e-mail list. Membership is open to Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike. Each calendar year, we have four events in the months of March, July, September and December respectively to celebrate different events and to have our usual summer outdoor social .
The Ghanaian-Canadian Association joined Folkfest for the first time in 2014. This is our 3rd year as part of the RBC Global Village Pavilion.
It is our hope that you will find it interesting, and explore more about Ghana, our culture and traditions. Our arms and hearts are widely open to receiving you, come and enjoy the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality.
Thank you for your consideration of support!
Attendance is approximately 20,000 over 3 days.