SCIC Mandate and Mission
The Slovak Cultural and
Information Centre is a Canadian non-profit
organization which was established on
November 4, 1995 by Matica Slovenska
Foundation from Slovak Republic.
Our mandate is to serve the
cultural and information needs of Slovaks and
other Canadians. In the words of the
President of Matica Slovenska, Ing. Jozef
Markus, "it is up to each centre to find
its place in the community it serves".
There are two binding fundamentals which SCIC
is expected to uphold:
accurate and relevant information to
Slovaks and Canadians about the
to act as a
liaison in cultural matters between
the local community and the Slovak
at the Centre
The primary objective of the SCIC
is to provide information about the Slovak
Republic to both Slovaks and other Canadians.
The information for this service will be
provided by Matica Slovenska Foundation,
Slovak Information Agency and other
organizations in Slovak Republic.
SCIC is a user of Internet from
which we get information on daily Slovak news
events. In addition we have our own home WEB
all possible centre information is presented.
SCIC is therefore one of the first
organization outside of Slovak Republic,
which dispenses information about Canadian
Slovak community and about Slovak Republic on
It is creating its own database
of information and own its own library, which
is to serve its users seeking information and
documentation about Slovaks or Slovakia, its
history, cultural traditions, tourism and
economy. We request that all interested
parties who wish to help, advise or donate to
our information base, to personally visit the
centre or contact us on the enclosed
telephone or fax telephone number.
The current mandate of the centre
does not allow us to help Slovaks living in
Slovakia on Canadian matters.
The SCIC and
The centre supports cultural
activities within the Slovak community, with
an objective to preserving and expanding
Slovak awareness. In order to achieve this
objective, it works closely with existing
Canadian Slovak organizations.
The centre organizes and supports
cultural events, film festivals, annual
balls, and art exhibits in co-operation with
Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic,
Matica Slovenska, Slovak galleries and
museums and other Slovak cultural
SCIC accepts individuals as members.
Each potential member writes out an
application form, which is ratified by the
Board of Directors at which time they become
a member of SCIC as well as member of Matica
Slovenska in Slovakia. There is no age limit
on membership. There is a yearly membership
fee for each member.
The address is:
Slovak Cultural and Information Centre
12 Birch Avenue,
We are conveniently located in
central Toronto, just north of the major
intersection of Yonge and Bloor, easily
reachable either by car or even more
conveniently by subway, just 50 meters from
the Summerhill stop on the Yonge subway line.
Our public visitors are from 12:00 PM until
5:00 PM every Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday. Visiting SCIC can be arranged
outside of the above visiting hours by
calling (416) 925-0008 or fax (416) 925-0009.
We are operating a 24 hour voice mail system
that allows for detailed messages to be left
even when the office is closed. We can also
be reached by Internet at e-mail address:
Board of Directors of the Centre
The board of directors is composed of the
following individuals in alphabetical order:
DVORSKY, Margaret MIHAL, Ondro
PETKOVSKY, Jan POPIK, Milan
STAVINA, Anna STEPHENS, John V. (legal
If you have any other questions
or concerns, please call Ondro Mihal at:
Fax: 416-925-0009 e-mail: email@example.com
We would like to
present the board of directors of the SCIC
who finally had enough time to sit in front
of the camera at the official opening on
November 4, 1995, which was attended by both guests
(seated Mr. J. Markus) and Canadian Slovak
If you have
any questions, comments or corrections on
this home page, please contact Ondro Mihal
All contents copyright (C)
1995 & 1996. All rights reserved.
Revised: Sept. 4, 1996.