Understanding the past.
Looking to the future!
In June of 1968 Manitoba's Provincial Secretary Stewart Edgerton McLean signed the Letters Patent for the Brandon Centennial Auditorium Corporation Inc.
The purpose of the corporation was "To establish, operate and maintain... an auditorium commemorating the Centennial of the Confederation of Canada... provided for the use and enjoyment of the citizens of Western Manitoba."
Appropriately, this new facility was named the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. The stated role of the auditorium's manager was "...to encourage the fullest possible use and enjoyment of the facilities of the auditorium by the citizens of Western Manitoba."
Over forty years have passed. In those forty years tremendous technological changes have accelerated other changes in economics, politics, culture, and society at every level. And as we begin a new chapter in the history of the WMCA, it is helpful to understand the auditorium's original purpose, and to realize that it remains the same today. We celebrate our citizenship, in part through our participation in activities at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. And we gratefully acknowledge the founding role of the Government of Canada, and the ongoing support of both the Province of Manitoba, and the City of Brandon.
So in relaunching the WMCA's web site, we pay tribute to our origins through the use of the Centennial Maple Leaf logo. And as the WMCA's new managers, we promise "...to encourage the fullest possible use and enjoyment of the facilities of the auditorium by the citizens of Western Manitoba."
Franz Lehrbass, General Manager
Tom Crook, Assistant General Manager / Stage Manager