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Ambassador's visit in Gander and on Fogo Island

On November 12 - 13, Ambassador Pavel Hrnčíř visited town of Gander and Fogo Island in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Ambassador met with Dean Cull, Vice President of the Gander Airport Historical Society. At his initiative a memorial was founded to commemorate the events of a plane crash in 1967. The memorial was established in September 2015 and at the inauguration was present one of the surviving passengers Alena Zimova, who settled down in Canada after 1968. The plane crash survived only 33 out of 65 passengers.

The Ambassador awarded the bronze medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Dean Cull as a gratitude for his voluntary activities devoted to the Czechoslovak trail in Gander. This includes, amongst other things, a permanent exhibition of a plane crash in 1967. The Czechoslovak Government donated Gander the building of its successful Pavilion at EXPO 1967 in Montreal as an expression of gratitude for providing assistance to Czechoslovak survivors (such as medical treatment, blood donation, accommodation, etc.).

The main building of the Pavilion is currently located in Grand Falls (about 90 km from Gander) and is home to the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts (library and theater). The other part of the building is directly in Gander (swimming pool and library).

The Ambassador also visited Fogo Island, where he met a prominent Canadian businesswoman, Zita Cobb. She built there a magnificent and architectonicaly courageous five-star hotel with a network of studios offering temporary residences to artists from all over the world. It is an entrepreneurial project of sustainable development in an area that is facing a high rate of unemployment and harsh climatic conditions.


Gander a Fogo Island