In a reception organized by the Consulate General of Greece in Vancouver and the Greek community of Victoria, a unique collection of Greek traditional costumes was donated to the Greek Folk Art Museum.
The Consul General of Greece in Vancouver, Ilias Kremmydas, received the collection for the Folk Art Museum and Greek Popular Musical Instruments. The collection was donated by Elizabeth Gage, who had inherited it from her aunt Winifred Dowding. According to Gage, her aunt acquired the rich collection when she served as a nurse in Greece during World War I.
The Folk Art Museum and the Consulate General in Vancouver gave several gifts to Gage and her daughter, as a sign of the Greek government’s gratitude for their generous donation. Furthermore, Eleni Melidi, director of the Greek Folk Art Museum, sent a letter to the two women, thanking them for their generosity. The letter was read during the reception.
The event was attended by the Greek community of Victoria President Michael Economou, the Consular Harbormaster, George Yiannakis, Father Evangelos from the Ypapanti Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria, the Consul General in Vancouver, Ilias Kremmydas, the Gage family and several members of the Greek community.