About the Island
The first meeting of the Vancouver Manx Society was held in the home of Mr. Cain, on Hamilton Street in Vancouver on December 3rd, 1908.
The objects of the Society, as stated at this first meeting, included cultivating and maintaining friendly relations amongst natives of the Island and raising funds to provide temporary aid to those who because of sickness or other misfortune may have needed such help and also to "foster the continuance of a Manx national spirit amongst natives of the Island and their descendents."
Over the years, our Society has helped to settle many people from our small island into their "new world." The old Manx accent and turn of phrase are rarely heard amongst today's membership - many are third or even fourth generation Canadian. However, we still sing our Manx songs at gatherings and interact frequently with the world's other very active and far-flung Manx societies. Since the time of Vikings (they landed in Mann in the ninth century) the Tynwald, (the Island's governing body) has met in the open air on old midsummer's day - July 5th. Across an ocean and a continent, we too mark this special day.