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Parkland Council hosted the Meat Draw at Sandy Lake Hotel on June 24 and October 9, which raised a combined total of over $700 for our Council. Thank you to the Sandy Lake Hotel and all that attended for your support!

Parkland Council Parade Float with live music at Sandy Lake Western Days. The band, which included Knights Dennis and Walter Yanchycki, was asked for the second year to provide live music during the Borsch Lunch which followed the parade. In return the Western Days Committee made a cash donation of $150 to Parkland Council.
Grand Knight Dennis Yanchycki delivers non perishable food items collected by the Parkland Knights during the "Fourty Cans for Lent" 2017 campaign to the Rolling River Food Bank in Erickson. The Parkland Knights also donated non perishable food items to the Minnedosa Food Bank.

The 2nd Annual Garage Sale held on April 22, 2017 in Elphinstone Hall raised close to $2500 for our council. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!!!

We would like to warmly welcome 3 new members to Parkland Council. On December 1st 3rd degree Knight Ed Harrison transfered to our council from Winnipeg and Ivan Braschuk and Michael Usick became 1st degree Knights. Welcome Brother Knights!!!

The Parkland Knights of Columbus donated four wheelchairs to churches in Erickson, Sandy Lake, Elphinstone and Minnedosa. Pictured here are, from left, Knights Wally Yanchycki, and Steve Dmyterko, Father James Aheneku, and trustees from St. Jude's Church in Erickson Bernice Pearce and Terry Woychyshyn.

Financial Secretary Marc Dufault and Fr. James congratulate this year's Keep Christ in Christmas Colouring Contest Winners (from left to right):

Faith Dufault               1st place grade 4
Mikaela Pinette           3rd place grade 4

Shaylyn Nemetchek    2nd place grade 2
Seth Pinette                 1st place grade 1
Parker Pinette              2nd place grade 5 
Colby Dufault              1st place grade 6
Bailee Prodruski          2nd place grade 3 (missing from photo)

First place winners receive a $30 prize and their entries are submitted to the Manitoba State Competition. Second Prize receives $20, and Third Prize $10.

Dec 4 2016 - The Parkland Knights, together with family and friends, sang Christmas Carols for the residents at Minnedosa, Erickson, and Sandy Lake(photo) Personal Care Homes.

Grand Knight Dennis Yanchycki delivers 240 pounds of potatoes to a very grateful Minnedosa Food Bank. Parkland Council Harvested and Donated these potatoes grown by a local resident. 

Parkland Council K of C float at Sandy Lake Parade - featuring a live band!

A little rain at the Minnedosa "Fun Fest" parade on Saturday, July 9th didn't dampen our spirits! 

Parkland Knights welcome Archbishop Gagnon to masses held in Minnedosa, Erickson, and Elphinstone on Dec 13.

Congratulations to our Keep Christ in Christmas Colouring Contest winners!

Seth Pinette 1st place Kindergarten

Shaylyn Nemetchek 1st place grade 1 

Faith Dufault 1st place grade 3

Mikaela Pinette 2nd place grade 3

At the October council meeting a farewell celebration was held for Fr. Mark where he was presented a gift of a traveling ceborium.

Parkland Council's 2015 Substance Abuse Contest help students get their message out!

Onanole School, Erickson Collegiate and Tanner's Crossing in Minnedosa participated in the Parkland Council Knights of Columbus 2015 Substance Abuse Contest. The goal of the poster contest is to create or increase an awareness amongst young people of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. In total, 57 entries were received from the three schools.

Photo at left is of Grand Knight John Makwaychuk of the Knights of Columbus Parkland Council presenting Gage Geletchuk with a certificate and a cheque for $25 for winning 1st Place in the Substance Abuse Awareness Contest. Gage's entry went on to compete Province wide competition where his poster won 2nd Place in the Alcohol Division and won $50.00 from Manitoba State Council.

Participants from Onanole School show off their entries. A $25 check was presented to Josie Nichols for placing 1st in the age 8-11 category for Alcohol Abuse Awareness. Josie's entry continued onto Winnipeg to compete in the Provincial Judging where his poster won 3rd Place in the Alcohol Division, receiving a $25.00 prize from Manitoba State Council.

Awards were also given out at Tanner's Crossing for 1st place ($25) to Cole Topham, 2nd. place ($15) to Shayla Woychyshyn and 3rd place ($10) to Victor Lamb. Unfortunately Tanners Crossing School missed the deadline for submission to Manitoba State for the province wide competition.

In total, $200.00 in prizes were given out to the 3 schools. Thank you to all who participated!

Parkland Council receives several awards from Manitoba State

This year Parkland Council received the following 4 awards from among 71 submissions made by 17 Councils

CHURCH ACTIVITIES AWARDS: Winner – Parkland Council # 6815 Project was to provide Rosaries, pamphlets and prayer cards for the parishioners of 3 Catholic and 4 Ukrainian Catholic Parishes to educate and to encourage the daily praying of the rosary.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES AWARDS: 1st Runner-up – Parkland Council # 6815 (Launch of website and Facebook page to promote and run the Keep Christ in Christmas and Substance Abuse Poster Competitions).
MANITOBA WHEELCHAIR PROGRAM AWARD: 1st Runner-up – Brandon Council # 1435 and Parkland Council # 6815 (Fundraiser Gala at Danceland Clear Lake).
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AWARDS: 2nd Runner-up – Parkland Council # 6815 (40 Cans for Lent Program).

Pictured from Left to Right: Grand Knight John Makowaychuk, Peter Dziver, Nick Stebeleski, Walter Yanchycki, Joey Nakonechny, and Walter Kiliwnik.

Our 40 Cans for Lent food drive held at St. Alphonsus Church in Minnedosa, St Judes Church in Erickson, and Sacred Heart Church in Elphinstone was a huge success. On Tuesday, April 22, Parkland Council Knights of Columbus donated a total of 890lbs of food and $180 cash to the Food Bank in Minnedosa, who were very grateful for our contribution. Thank you to all who participated in this Almsgiving during Lent initiative.

Blessing of the baskets at the
Sandy Lake Personal Care Home (above) and Sacred Heart Church in Elphinstone (left).

Tomb of Jesus - St. Judes, Erickson

Front row from left to right
Walter Yanchycki (4th Deg), Stanley Byskal, Nick Stebeleski, Walter Kiliwnik(4th Deg), Nick Melyk
Back row from left to right;
Allen Kopeechuk, Nick Zdebiak, John Makowaychuk, Joe Nakonechny, Marc Dufault, Dennis Yanchycki
Active members missing from photo: 

Richard Bilkowski, Victor Boyko, Sam Chimerika, Jessie Daiver, Murray Davies, Jesse Dziver, Peter Dziver, Rev. Mark Filips (4th Deg), Aime Gobin, Maurice Gogal, Dany Hamel, Rev. Djura Maljik, Derek Marcinyk, Donovan Nemetchek, Edward Pastershank, Rev. Conrad Plante, Lawrence Pollichuk, Gerald Puhach, Stanley Rozdeba, Joe Woychyshyn, Walter Woychyshyn, John Yanchycki, Terrance Yanchycki

Our History

Parkland Council No. 6815 became a chartered council on June 6, 1976 with thirty charter members. Within a few years the Council had grown to eighty members, coming from an area that included the districts of Minnedosa, Basswood, Newdale, Erickson, Sandy Lake, Elphinstone, Oakburn, Rossburn and Shoal Lake. 

In June, 1982, the members from the Oakburn, Rossburn, and Shoal Lake districts formed a new council, Our Lady of Fatima Council, leaving Parkland Council with fifty­ eight members. On this significant occasion, a presen­tation of the Jewels was made to the new council by the Parkland Knights.

As Parkland Council Knights, we have endeavored, through numerous programs and projects, to fulfill our motto of unity, charity, and fraternity. 

In 1978, to facilitate the raising of funds, the Parkland Council Knights built a portable booth, ideal for use as a concession booth at fairs, sports days, reunions, and auction sales. 

Also in 1978, the Parkland Council and the Neepawa Council joined forces to build a permanent float to allow both Council's to participate in parades. Since then Parkland Council has built its own float that we currently use to participate in various parades throughout the area.

Our youth program has included several annual events in the past: the twelve and under boys' hockey tournament, a Christmas coloring contest centered around the theme "Keep Christ in Christmas", a Substance Abuse awareness Poster contest, a Christmas party for the children and the presentation of bursaries to deserving Grade XII graduates. 

Community programs are centered around helping those in need and in distress. Benefit socials for victims of fire, contributions of funds to provide life­ saving medical attention, visits to shut-ins, and distribution of Christmas baskets are examples of services we provide in the community. Included in our church program is the financial support of student priests in Latin America.

In 1979, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Minnedosa, Parkland Council purchased a $7500 life-pac six monitor defibrillator in the Minnedosa District Hospital which is used on patients suffering a heart attack. Parkland Council also donated $250 to help the Shoal Lake District Hospital purchase a manikin which is being used to in­struct students in artificial respiration. Also during 1979, the Parkland Council Knights of Columbus was awarded the Star Council Award by the Supreme Council of Columbus, New Haven, Connecticut for its efforts. This is the highest award granted to any council to recognize projects and activities in the areas of youth, council, community, and church.

In 1982, the Knights donated just over $950 to the Rossburn District Health Centre towards the purchase of an IVAC pump, and a portable suction flymn inhaler.

In the years that followed, Parkland Council continues in its efforts to help out where ever and whenever the need arises. More recently, through proceeds raised from the Club 300 draws, To date Parkland Council has donated 3 wheelchairs to care homes located in Erickson, Minnedosa, and Sandy Lake. We have also purchased 6 Lifeline Medical Alert monitoring devices that are deployed where needed.

We at Parkland Council Knights of Columbus are continually looking for new programs and new members. If you see a worthwhile cause that we should be involved in, or if you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus (or simply finding out more about us), do not hesitate to contact any one of the Parkland Council Knights.


Roman Catholic Churches:

  • St. Alphonsus - Minnedosa
  • St. Judes - Erickson 
  • Sacred Heart - Elphinstone

Reduced Service Roman Catholic Missions:

  • St. Anthony - Rackham (Jackfish)
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary - Polonia
  • St. Peter and Paul - Wisla

Ukrainian Catholic Churches:
  • Sacred Heart - Erickson
  • Holy Ghost - Sandy Lake
  • Holy Ascension - Minnedosa
  • St. Nicholas - Ozerna (Jackfish)
  • St. John the Baptist - Rackham
  • Holy Eucharist - Horod
  • Sts. Peter and Paul - Newdale
  • St. Mary the Protectoress - Elphinstone

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