The Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants marks its 36th anniversary in 2016. It was established in 1980 when it became the first Mayflower member society of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants to be formed outside the United States. Article II of our Constitution sets out our Society’s objectives.
The formation of our Society was largely due to the efforts of our first Governor, Reverend James S. McGivern, SJ. The Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants received its Charter on September 13, 1980, with 29 establishing members, whose names appear on the Charter below.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants was formed in 1897 and in addition to Canada, has member societies in every American state and the District of Columbia.
Past Governors of the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
- Rev. James S. McGivern, SJ 1980 – 1982
- Col. Harry F. Pierce 1982 – 1983
- Rev. Melvin V. Donald 1983 – 1988
- Keith Bain 1988 – 1991
- Leon S. Warmski 1991 – 1994
- Robert Cruikshank 1994 – 1997
- Paul Hill 1997 – 2001
- Susan E. Roser 2001 – 2003
- Joyce A. Cutler 2003 – 2013
The Society Charter was presented by General Society of Mayflower Descendants Governor General, Frederick Low on October 18, 1980 and the first Annual Compact Meeting and Dinner was held on November 21, 1981.