The Hungarian Helicon Society (HHS) was founded in 1951 by Hungarians who emigrated to Canada after WW II. Their goals were threefold: 1) to preserve and promote Hungarian heritage in their new home, Canada; 2) to introduce Canadians to Hungarian culture and history; 3) to ensure that second and third generation Hungarian-Canadians will know their roots, mother tongue, history and culture of their parents’ homeland.
To achieve these goals, HHS promotes Hungarian education and organizes many cultural and social events, such as lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and the annual Helicon gala ball.
The main focus of HHS is to support, promote and finance Hungarian education through Hungarian Language Classes for Adults, Accredited Hungarian Language Proficiency Examinations, the Hungarian High School Academy Program and Scholarships at the University of Toronto.
The Society is an independent, not-for-profit cultural organization operated by an annually elected Board of Directors consisting of volunteer members.