On December 1, 1979, the Newfoundland and Labrador Multicultural and Folk Arts Council (NLMFAC) was established in St. Johnís, Newfoundland, by a Memorandum of Association.  The NLMFAC would become an umbrella organization having its own OBJECTS, similar to those of the Six (6) founding groups, and membership would be exclusive to incorporated groups or associations.


OBJECTS Ė on December 1, 1979:



(a)    To co-ordinate and promote the concepts of multiculturalism and folk-arts through local organizations which shall be affiliated with this parent organization.


(b)   To foster creative expression of those arts which in the opinion of the Newfoundland and Labrador Multicultural and Folk Arts Council aid the concepts of Multiculturalism and folk-arts.


(c)    To co-ordinate applications for financial aid through the Secretary of State and the Provincial Government, which financial aid shall be used to promote multiculturalism and folk-arts.


(d)   To further the cause of good inter-group relationships.


(e)    To do all other things necessary or incidental to the attainment of the above objects.



The NLMFAC was incorporated approximately 4 months later; Registry No. 12861 under the Companies Act, Chapter 54 of the Revised Statutes of Newfoundland. 1970, on March 19, 1980.


The first Election of Officers (Executive and Board of Directors) took place at the Kingís Bridge Hotel, chaired by lawyer William (Bill) Collins. The first NLMFAC President was Henry Harvey.  This Executive and Board served the NLMFAC for eight (8) consecutive years.


On March 27, 1987; Articles of Continuance were registered with a set of by-laws, prepared by the lawyer Thomas (Tom) W. Fraize, for the NLMFAC to continue as an umbrella organization with membership open to individuals and organizations or incorporated groups.








Memorandum of Association:


The Memorandum of Association documents, prepared by the lawyer William (Bill) A. Collins, were represented and signed by the persons, listed below, who desired to form the umbrella organization:


  • Henry Harvey, Electrical Contractor, St. Johnís, NL.


  • Gilbert E. Higgins, Librarian, Stephenville, NL.


  • Mary King, Teacher, Fox Harbour, Placentia Bay, NL.


  • Roland H. Way, Accountant, Corner Brook, NL.


  • Dr. Kim Hong, Physician, St. Johnís, NL.


  • Dr. Ray Firme, Physician, St. Johnís, NL



The individuals, listed below, witnessed the signing:


  • Janet Woolridge, Secretary, St. Johnís, NL


  • Cathy Gallant, Student, Stephenville, NL


  • Sadie Griffits, Dental Assistant, Placentia, NL.



Six Founding Groups:


  • St. Johnís Folk Arts Council


  • West Newfoundland Folk Arts Council


  • Placentia Folk Arts Council


  • Bay of Islands Folk arts Council


  • Chinese Association of Newfoundland and Labrador


  • Filipino Association of Newfoundland and Labrador