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According To The Records From The Cumberland Museum And Archives, The First Serbian Immigrants Arrived In Vancouver In 19th Century. Most Of The Early Serbian Immigrants Came From Mountainous Regions Of The Balkans, Like Lika, Dalmatia, Herzegovina And Montenegro.
In The Early 1940s, They Purchased Land On East Hastings Street, And Were Planning To Build A Church. However The Start Of The Second World War Forced Them To Change Their Plans. Given The Tragic Developments Facing Serbs Back Home, It Was More Important To Help Fellow Serbs, So Building The Church Had To Wait.

It Is In Those Difficult Days That The First Serbian Benevolent Organization Was Formed. To Help With Collections And Donations, Kosovka Devojka The Circle Of Serbian Sisters, A Ladies Auxiliary, Was Formed In 1944.

Ever Since, Members Of This Benevolent Organization Have Made A Great Contribution To The Church And Community In General, And Particularly To Those In Need. In 1947, As A Result Of Joint Efforts Of The Serbs From Seattle And Vancouver, A Community Hall Named "Blue Danube" Was Opened. In 1953, The Parish Council "Executive Board" Of What Is Today St. Archangel Michael Church Was Formed. Shortly After, In 1957, "Blue Danube" Changed Its Status And Became St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church.

In The Years To Follow, Along With The Church, A Number Of Serbian Organizations Were Established, Such As The White Eagles Serbian Soccer Team, Mlada Srbadija Folk Dance Group, Etc. Over Time The Congregation Grew, And This Growth Created A Need For A Larger Facility. This Was Particularly True Since The Early 1990s, When A Large Influx Of Serbs Came To Canada From The Exyugoslavia. It Is Estimated That About 15,000-20,000 Serbs Live In British Columbia Today.

In The Early 1990s, The Church Purchased The Land Where The Building Is Located Today. The Municipal Building Permit Was Obtained On March 1, 2002; The Construction Began On March 4, 2002, With Consecration Of The Church And Opening Of The Serbian Centre Taking Place On March 5, 2005.

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