St. Stephens Cemetery History
On February 15, 1994, official representatives of the five Ukrainian Orthodox parishes in Edmonton signed a Resolution of Agreement and Guarantee. This Agreement created St. Stephen's Cemetery owned and operated by the Council of Ukrainian Churches of Edmonton (CUOCE), an organization registered under the Societies Act of the province of Alberta (Canada).
In 1998, 80 acres of land was purchased northeast of Edmonton along the Manning Freeway. This was the beginning of the establishment of the Cemetery.
At this time, only 45 acres are being developed with the remaining 35 acres being leased as farm land. Of the 45 acres, only four acres are designated as Ukrainian Orthodox with a total of 1,600 plots. The rest are for the general community to accommodate:
- Convention burials
- In-ground cremation burials
- Columbarium niche interments of cremated remains
- A field of honour for veterans and spouses.
To date, CUOCE has completed capital work at St. Stephen's Cemetery in excess of $1.35 million due largely to matching grants obtain from the provincial government. Completed work includes:
- Two focal points and the field of Honour
- Building the roads
- Seeding grass and planting trees
- Construction of the administration office and maintenance shop
- Putting up a sign along the Manning Freeway.