The Peruvian Canadian Cultural Association, ACULPECA was founded in March 31 of 1993 as a non-profit organization under the Corporate Registry act of the Province of Alberta, Canada. ACULPECA stands for the initials of the association’s name in Spanish: “Asociación Cultural Peruano Canadiense”.
ACULPECA arose as a result of initial friendly conversations at various friends and family gatherings during the summer of 1992.
It was discovered back in 1990 that a few intents had previously been made of creating an organization for the Peruvian people resident in Edmonton and surrounding area. Among the various attempted groups, were “El Tumi de Oro” and other sport-related and fundraising groups. These groups were temporarily successful, however, many of them were not able to be sustained or progress for unknown reasons.
The desire to group Peruvians into an organized association continued among friends, as well as the search of an association that would help them to be identified and recognized within the society. This same group of friends, piloted initially by Mr. Adolfo Velasco, decided to carry out a series of meetings with the view to come up with the goals and objectives of such an association, with the expectation of registering the association under the Alberta laws and to be recognized by the Peruvian Consulate in Vancouver.
An opportunity arose during the visit to Edmonton of Mr. Betancourt, then General Consul of Peru in Vancouver. Discussion about grouping Peruvian within a recognized organization was hence moved forward. Consequently, through a series of meetings, a set of by-laws were drafted up and reviewed numerous times during the winter of 1992. Finally a Transition Commission was elected, one that would finalize the by-laws, put it forward for comments and further input, and finally register the association before the Corporate Registry offices in Edmonton.
Finally, we received news from the Alberta Corporate Registry: the name of Peruvian Canadian Cultural Association, ACULPECA had been received within the Alberta laws, a name search processed, and the name accepted and registered as of January 29, 1993. Duly registration of the Association proceeded afterwards with final corporate title issued on March 31, 1993.
The association has now over 200 members, all from different nationalities, age, and creed. Membership has been increasing steadily and is expected to continue with this trend as it offers numerous services to the community while engaging the members at various volunteer activities throughout the city. Members enjoy of the activities set out per the society by-laws, servicing the community while sharing the Peruvian heritage and values which provides a sense of identity and unity within the community.
Over 80000 volunteer hours have been provided to the community throughout the life of the association. Volunteers offer free for the public ethnic shows, dance lessons, language lessons, and other activities at senior lodges, hospitals, rehab centers, schools, and other non-profit organizations.
If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, partner, or as a prospective employee, do not hesitate to get in contact with us through the respective forms.