May 2009 Report

MOTHER’S DAY

We greet all mothers and grandmothers, wishing them good health and many happy years with their families. A mother’s love is as constant and never-ending as the passage of time, and a mother’s life is one of devotion and many sacrifices. We express our gratitude with love and appreciation not only on Mother’s Day, but also throughout the year. We should also remember all godmothers and special aunts on this day, with thanks and appreciation for their love and support. God bless all these wonderful women in our lives.

WORLD FEDERATION OF UKRAINIAN WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS

Information from Newsletter #1/2009

  1. The UN has adopted “Blue Heart” as the symbol of action against Human Trafficking.

    Campaign Blue Heart – Action Against Human Trafficking

    People everywhere are called upon to join Campaign “Blue Heart” to permanently stop this violence, and achieve equality for all women. By wearing the Blue Heart, each person can spread information about the trafficking of humans. WFUWO calls on the women in all Ukrainian organizations to join this campaign of the UN against this terrible on-going tragedy. The blue heart represents the sadness and sacrifice of human trafficking, while reminding us of the cold hearts of those who are involved in this horrific activity. WFUWO is presently working on the project “Blue Heart”, and will send information when plans are completed.

  2. The WFUWO Committee to the United Nations, under the chairmanship of Nadia Shmigel, has put in a lot of work and effort, and deserves many thanks. Thanks also go out to Moki Kokoris for her participation in the conference, the theme of which was “Climate Change and its Effects”. Her work was highly valued, and was recognized by UN’s Vice-General Secretary, and will be submitted to the General Secretary. WFUWO thanks Pani Shmigel and Pani Kokoris, and all the members of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations UN Committee for their work and their representation of WFUWO at the United Nations.

ANKETA

We urge all the branches who have not yet submitted their ankety to send them in as soon as possible, as the deadline date is fast approaching. To date we still have a significant number of branches who have not yet fulfilled their obligations. Your ankety must be sent in soon if you wish to participate in the convention.

CONVENTION – 2009

When you receive your convention information, you will notice that the first UWAC session is taking place on Thursday, August 6th from 4:00 – 5:30 PM. We ask you to make your travel arrangements so that you arrive in time to attend this first session.

REPORTS

We are again urging the Provincial Presidents and Convenors to submit their reports by May 15, 2009 for printing in the UWAC Convention Booklets. Each convenor may write her own report, or, she may send it to her respective Convenor Chair, well ahead of the deadline date, to be included in the general report. The names and addresses of the Convenor Chairs were included in our last newsletter.

April 2009 Report

PASCHA – 2009

On the joyous day of the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the National Executive greets the Heirarchy, the Clergy, and all the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada with the traditional and meaningful greeting “Chrystos Voskres”!

May each one of us greet this greatest Feast Day of the year with happiness in our soul, a renewed spirit, and a song in our heart. Rejoice! The long Fast is over. Hope is renewed, a new dawn is here!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

ANKETY

The Ankety are slowly arriving. We encourage those branches who have not yet sent in their forms to do so as soon as possible. We need your information to update our files, especially before we will be sending out the information about the convention. A heartfelt thanks to all the branches for their generous donations. It is your donations that help us with the work we are doing.

CONVENTION – 2009

We are again sending a reminder about the National Convention on August 6-9, 2009 in Regina, and encouraging as many of our members as possible to attend, either as delegates or guests. It is a wonderful place to meet people who share our values and ideals. It is great to meet old friends , whom we meet only once in a while, as well as to make new friends , who we will meet again at functions such as this. We are hoping for as many branches as possible to attend and take part in our discussions.

RESOLUTIONS – CHANGE OF DATE FOR SUBMISSION

Any Provincial Executive, Convenor, or Branch wishing to submit resolutions for discussion at the National Convention, should send them in by April 30, 2009. We moved the date for submissions up so that we can receive the resolutions in time to include them in the Convention Booklet, as well as send them out to the branches before their meetings in June.

REPORTS

To all Provincial Presidents and Convenors: We are inviting you to send in reports of your activities during the past two years to be printed in the Convention Booklets. These articles should be submitted to us by the deadline date of May 15, 2009.

PROMIN ANNIVERSARY

We are reiterating the announcement that we will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Promin at the the National Convention. This commemoration will be held at the noon luncheon on Friday, August 7th. It is our hope that on this Anniversary Milestone of the publication of our very own journal, we truly realize how fortunate we are to be living in a country where we are allowed the freedom to have our own press, where our thoughts, our purpose, our ideals, our ethnic soul is not suppressed. We must value this freedom, and each day give a prayer of thanks that we live in a country where freedom prevails. The freedom we enjoy should not be taken for granted. Let us cherish this journal, which helps us to stay connected in this vast land. It serves us in many ways, it keeps us informed, updated, and in it we can share that which is in our hearts. May we suggest that to truly mark this milestone, we should strive to achieve an easily attainable goal. We encourage each member of UWAC to celebrate this anniversary by becoming a subscriber to Promin. Many non-members of UWAC subscribe to, and enjoy reading Promin. We receive much positive feed-back from members, non-members, and, yes, even from men. Good comments from non-members underscore the quality of our journal. We should all be very proud of it.

UKRAINIAN VOICE

The year 2010 marks the 100th Anniversary of the publication of the Ukrainian Voice, which is the organ of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League. This publicatiom played a very important role in the growth and development of all our Ukrainian Institutions. It was part of the “glue” which held the people together, kept them on the “same page”, and informed them about what their ounterparts in other parts of Canada were doing. It played a crucial part in the development of Ukrainians as a distinct ethnic community. Sonja Bejzyk, the president of the Board of Directors, has issued an appeal to help them mark this milestone in an appropriate way. Her suggestions include:

  1. Encourage UWAC and USRA branches to hold fundraising events in support of the newspaper.
  2. Encourage members to make donations to the Press Fund of the newspaper.
  3. Conduct a campaign to find new subscribers to the Voice. We propose that all subscribers and all supporters purchase two Ukrainian Voice shares for $50.00. Such buyers will be entitled to a year’s subscription of Ukrainian Voice. Buyers of three shares for $75.00 will receive a subscription for two years.

Let us all answer this call. We owe it to this long-standing publication to support it and keep it coming to us.

ADVERTISEMENTS IN PROMIN

Our long-standing Promin Convenor, Halia Scherbluk has worked diligently on ideas for financial support of Promin. One of these ideas was soliciting more advertising in the journal. We whole-heartily support this idea. Promin goes out to every part of the country, and what better way for Ukrainian Businesses and Professionals to reach our people. We are calling on the Promin Convenors – National, Provincial, Local – to organize a campaign in their respective provinces and communities which would approach the businesses and professionals to buy advertisements in our journal. This would provide a two-fold benefit, first, that of promoting the establishments run by our own people, and secondly, financial support for our journal.

February 2009 Report

The National Executive greets the Hierarchy and Clergy, and members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada; the Executive and member Organizations of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada; the Provincial Executives, branches, and all the members of UWAC with the coming of the New Year, 2009, and wishes everyone good health, much happiness, and prosperity.

CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

We encourage all the members of the Constitution Committee to proceed with their work as planned, and send in the results of their labors by the due date of March 31, 2009. The work on any changes to the Constitution will begin in the first week of April. We will be in contact with the Constitution Chairs regarding procedure before this work begins

RESOLUTIONS

We remind everyone that the National CYC Convention is just seven months away. We ask all branches to begin focusing on the growth of our Association in the next term of 2010-2011, and what goals we wish to set for ourselves. It is time now to start thinking about and working on any resolutions you wish to bring forth at the Convention. We would ask that all resolutions be submitted to our office by May 31, 2009.

ANKETA

This is the time branches are filling out their anketa. We remind all branches again to include their e-mail addresses. In event that no one on the executive has an e-mail address, we ask any member in the branch who does, to please be the contact for your branch. The branches who have no e-mail will continue to receive their mail by Canada Post. Please list all your donations to Ukraine, or Ukrainian Social Services on your anketa. They ask for a report from us each year.

ICON BOOK

We are pleased to report that work on the Icon Book is progressing well, and is nearing completion. We thank the Committee for their diligence. Further reports will be forthcoming.

CONVENOR REPORTS

We ask all the convenors to submit to us a brief report on how work is progressing in their province. To date we have a report from one convenor, Saskatchewan CYMK/UOY, which will soon be published in Promin. We encourage all convenors to print brief reports in our Journal for all to read.

UWAC HYMN

Since the Convention is not too far away, we ask all branches to learn, and practice singing our hymn so that we can all participate in singing it with pride at the opening of the UWAC session.

INVENTORY

We have had inquiries about what items are included in our Inventory. We have posted the items on our website for easy access, at www.uwac-national.ca

We will also print a complete list in our next Newsletter.

December 2008 Report

NEWSLETTERS AND REPORTS

We are asking that newsletters be read at your branch meetings. The Promin Reports should be read at your meetings as well, if you have access to a copy. These bulletins contain information that each branch member needs to hear.

CONSTITUTION

We have sent out copies of the current Constitution to all branches, Provincial Presidents, and Committee members. Any branch, after reviewing the constitution, should send any suggestions they wish to offer to their Committee member before March 31, 2009. A letter to each Committee member was included in their package.

PROVINCIAL PRESIDENTS

Two provinces have elected new UWAC Provincial Executive Presidents for the next two years. The newly elected members are:

British Columbia: Audrey Sojonky, Vancouver
Saskatchewan: Aileen Pillipow, Regina

The Provincial Presidents for the provinces of Alberta and Manitoba will remain in their positions:

Alberta: Geraldine Nakonechny
Manitoba: Olena Garrity.

We congratulate all the presidents, both newly elected and incumbent, and wish them and the members of their executives good health and much success in their endeavors.

ST. VOLODYMYR MEDAL

Congratulations go out to Orysia Sushko, who was awarded the highest distinction by the Ukrainian World Congress, the St Volodymyr Medal, at the IX World Congress of Ukrainians held in Kiev on August 20-22, 2008. We thank Orysia for her many contributions to all our organizations, and wish her continued good health and much success in all her endeavors.

CONVENTIONS

Provincial CYC Conventions were held in three jurisdictions this fall, and I was privileged to attend each one. The Eastern Convention was held on October 4-5 in Toronto. Saskatchewan held theirs on October 24-25, and the Manitoba convention was held on November 4. Each convention had a different theme, and each one was relevant to all our component organizations. The sessions produced interesting discussions which resulted in fruitful deliberations. I thank each Provincial CYC Executive for organizing these successful meetings, and I thank everyone for their warm hospitality.

WORLD FEDERATION OF UKRAINIAN WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS

The Annual General Meeting of WFUWO was held in Toronto on September 26 – 28. Orysia Sushko was the delegate for our National Executive. She delivered our greeting, and took an active part in the discussions, for which the president of WFUWO thanked us. In addition, she chaired one of the sessions. We thank Orysia for representing us so very ably.

ANNUAL MEETINGS

At this time of the year annual meetings are being held in all the branches. The Ankety will be sent out very shortly. They will be sent out by email to the branches that have sent us their addresses. We are asking that you list email addresses on your anketa forms if you have email. If no one on the executive has an email address, perhaps one of your members may have one, and would be willing to be the contact person for the executive. All correspondence will be sent by regular mail to the branches who do not have access to a computer.

PROMIN

The 50th Anniversary of Promin will be celebrated in 2010.Each branch should begin making plans on how they will honor this milestone. Our executive supports the resolutions made at both the Eastern and Manitoba conventions, which urge all their members to subscribe to Promin. Perhaps one of the Anniversary events could be to reach the goal of one-hundred percent member subscription in the year 2010.

October 2008 Report

CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

The Constitution Committee is now complete. At our last Executive meeting, we discussed the preliminary work needed in order to get this committee organized and working. Once we have our definite plan in place, we shall be contacting the committee members, and the work will begin. Needless to say, the discussions and work will be done mostly through teleconferences and email. We have added two more members from Saskatoon, Mary Budzak, who is a National Past President, and Anne Klopoushak, who has served on the National Executive, as well as many years on the UMC Board. We felt that the expertise and input of these two Executive members would help us greatly in the task ahead.

The committee members are:

BC – Vicky Pushka
AB – Carla Kozak
MB – Olena Garrity
SK – Cecilia Kachkowski, Anne Klopoushak, Mary Budzak
Eastern – Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay

DONATIONS

Our campaign for donations to World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, and Ukrainian
Social Services is now over, and the amounts sent in are as follows:

WFUWO – $640.00
USS – $590.00

We thank the following branches for their contributions to our campaign:

Alberta: St, John’s, Edmonton; St. Olha, Vegreville
Sask.: Olena Pchilka, Codette; Hanka Romanchych, Saskatoon; St. Olha, Moose Jaw;
Olena Pchilka, North Battleford; Kn. Olha, Prince Albert
East: Lesia Ukrainka, Hamilton; Daughters of Ukraine, Montreal

At our September meeting, the Executive decided to send $1000.00 from the Benevolent Fund to
USS to aid the victims of the flooding in Ukraine.

MATERIALS SENT OUT

Since taking office we have sent out the following materials:

English Certificates – 77
Smoloskyp Pins – 11
Ukrainian Certificates – 1
UWAC Banner: – 1

We now have the Child’s Companion on hand, as well as several copies of the Canadiana. The Website “Store” will be updated to include the items available from the office, and we will include the list in our next newsletter which will be sent out in the near future.

UKRAINIAN MUSEUM OF CANADA

The Fall Schedule of events at the UMC Headquarters in Saskatoon includes the following:

Ukrainian Wedding Exhibition – September 2 – November 15: This exhibit is on loan from the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore,
University of Alberta

Yarmarok Christmas Market – Friday, Nov. 28, 4-9 p.m.: Opening of Artisans Market and
Art Exhibition Show and Sale with local, national, and international artists,
Bells of Hope Bistro, Hand Bell Performance, and wandering musicians.

Saturday, November 29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 30 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Unique gifts created by local artisans and imported items from Ukraine, Musicians, Refreshments in Bells of Hope Bistro, Gift Shop specials.

50th ANNIVERSARY OF PROMIN

2010 marks the 50TH Anniversary of our journal, PROMIN. We are very proud of this journal, as it has become a first class publication, with interesting articles on a variety of topics. It is where members and branches have the opportunity to share their news and activities, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this ability to let others know what they are doing.

Fifty years of publishing is very significant, and must be appropriately commemorated. We would ask our members and branches to send us any ideas they may have on how to celebrate and commemorate
this occasion.

FLOOD VICTIMS IN UKRAINE

By now everyone has heard about the catastrophic flooding in western Ukraine this past summer. The floods have damaged over 40,000 homes, destroyed agricultural land, made nearly 700 km of roads impassable, and have killed close to 30 people.

We are urging all Ukrainian Canadians to assist our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are victims of this tragedy. Please send your cheques made out to the “Pomich Ukraini Fund” to:

Ukrainian Canadian Social Services,Inc., National Headquarters,
2445 Bloor St. W.,
Toronto, ON M6S 1P7

September 2008 Report

Autumn is here again with its cool mornings and evenings, which make us look back at the summer with, perhaps for some of us, a hint of nostalgia, thinking of days when outer wear was not a necessity. We hope that each of you had a great summer, and are revitalized for a new season of activity. May all of you have a successful, productive organizational year.

Constitution Committee

We will begin work on reviewing the constitution sometimes in September, when concrete plans as to how this committee will function will be made. The committee is composed of the following people:

British Columbia – Vicky Pushka Phone – 604 588 8690
Alberta – Carla Kozak Phone – 780 456 4141
Saskatchewan – Cecilia Kachkowski Phone – 306 374 7675
Manitoba – Olena Garrity phone – 204 253 9574
Ontario – Vacant at present. Anyone who is interested in this work should contact
Provincial President, Ulana Kryworuchko.

Any branch wishing to make suggestions regarding Constitution changes or additions should discuss this in September, and contact your Provincial representative with your suggestions, so that they are prepared when the actual work begins.

Donations

We thank the branches who sent us their donations to WFUWO and Ukrainian Social Services, and we appreciate your generosity. These monies will be sent to the respective organizations in September. We will publish the total amounts donated in the next issue of Promin. Any branch still wishing to make a donation can do so till the middle of September.

Convenors

To date we have not had reports from any of the convenors about the work being done in their province. We want to encourage the convenors to let us know what has been happening. We know that there is good work going on out there. Please share it with us and our readers.

World Federation of Ukrainian women’s Organizations

It has come to our attention that some of the branches are not quite familiar with the work of the WFUWO, and what they are all about, nor how we fall into this scenario. Members of the WFUWO are all the Ukrainian Women’s organizations on this globe, and our UWAC became a member after we voted in favor of a motion for such membership at the National CYC Convention in 1991. In belonging to this organization, we are a part of the very necessary work being done by them.

There is good information on their website for anyone who wishes to find out more. The website address is: www.wfuwo.org. Follow the links to get the info you want.

We will include info in our next newsletter for those who do not have access to the internet. You will also find much info by “Googling” WFUWO.

Dates to Remember

  • October 4, 2008 – Eastern Convention
  • October 24, 2008 – Saskatchewan Provincial Convention
  • November 4, 2008 – Manitoba Provincial Convention

July 2008 Report

Summer vacation time is upon us, and it is our wish that all of you are enjoying this time with your families and friends. To those who have gone to far away destinations, our wish is that you have a wonderful time sight-seeing, and a safe return home. For those who have opted to pass this time nearer to familiar places, we wish you a pleasant and relaxing time with those you love. Summer is a great time to strengthen family ties, and I especially wish you good times with your grandchildren. Summer is also the time when our Church Camps, as well as Language Courses, are humming with activity. It is our hope that all these facilities are filled to capacity, and that our children and youth are learning, making new and lasting friendships, and enjoying their time together.

Our sincere thanks to all parents and other volunteers who take the time to make these opportunities available for our children. We are grateful to all those who unselfishly dedicate their time to sit on executives, to those who volunteer their time and efforts with all the various tasks there are to make a camp successful, to the clergy who are there for spiritual guidance, to the teachers and councillors, and to the parents for giving their children the opportunity to experience camp life, and at the same time to gain some independence.

Ukrainian World Congress

The IX World Congress of Ukrainians is being held in Kiev on August 20-22, 2008. We, together with the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League, are sending Orysia Sushko as our delegate to this event. We wish her a safe journey.

Constitution Committee

The Constitution Committee is now almost complete, with the nomination of Vicky Pushka as the representative from British Columbia. We have yet to get a representative from the East. This committee will begin work in the fall. We hope to accomplish most of this work through the modern means of communication.

Icon Book

The committee from Edmonton, under the capable leadership of Joanna Janis, is working on the second printing of the Icon Book. Vera Senchuk, Iconographer, will be adding some Icons to this new publication. We wish them success with this very worthy project.

Ankety

We thank all the branches who have sent in their ankety, and we thank all of you for your generous donations. We thank you for your promptness as we have heard from almost all of the branches. There are still two or three branches we are waiting to hear from. We will be sending the Provincial Executives their allotments in the next short while.

Branch Visitations

At the beginning of June I had the pleasure of visiting all the branches in British Columbia. I thank BC president, Liz Lyne, for arranging the tour. In Vancouver we were hosted by theLesia Ukrainka branch. Members from all three lower mainland branches, Olha Kobylianska – Surrey, Olha Kobylianska – Chilliwack, Lesia Ukrainka – Vancouver were in attendance. In subsequent days we were hosted by the Kelowna – Savelia Stechishin, Vernon – St. Olha, and Kamloops – Lesia Ukrainka Branches. I enjoyed meeting with all the members and personally getting to know them. I thank all the branches for their warm reception, their dedication and interest in our organization. I also thank Liz Lyne for her wonderful hospitality and for capably driving me through the mountain roads. I thank Marie Rusnak of Vancouver for opening her home to us for our night in Vancouver. I left British Columbia with many good memories.

June 2008 Report

Father’s Day

In the month of June we honor our fathers. On this day we express our love and appreciation for their caring and all they do for us. The National Executive greets all the fathers and grandfathers on their special day, and wishes them all good health and God’s blessings. Mnohaya Lita!

Congratulations

We heartily congratulate Geraldine Nakonechny, UWAC Provincial President for Alberta, on the receipt of the Order of Canada. We recognize and appreciate all the work she has done for our Ukrainian effort, as well as for her fellow Canadians in general. We wish her good health, and much success in all her future endeavors.

World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations

For the past seven years our UWAC has been a member organization of the WFUWO. We have and will continue to publish information about WFUWO in Promin. If any branch wishes more information please contact our office.

Orysia Sushko is our official representative to the Federation, and will be representing UWAC at the annual meeting which will be held in Toronto, September 26-28, 2008.

Both the 60th anniversary of WFUWO and the 45th anniversary of their publication “Women in the World” will be recognized during this annual meeting. Further information will be published in the next issue of Promin once details of the event are complete.

World Congress of Ukrainians

UWAC is a member of the World Congress of Ukrainians. The IX Congress of WCU will take place in Kyiv this coming August.

Ankety

There are still a few branches who have not submitted their anketas. We urge you to send these in as soon as possible. We need to send the Provincial Executives their portion of the budget by June 30th.

Convenors

We are once again inviting all convenors to submit any news, articles of interest, information to share, activities, etc. to our journal Promin, or to us at the National office. They will be either published in Promin, included in our newsletters, or posted on our website. It is our hope that this sharing will bring us closer together, and would be both helpful and an inspiration to all.

Holodomor

We encourage all branches to take part in Holodomor commemorations in their localities. We also encourage each branch to make certain that our youth is well informed about this tragic event in the history of our people. We all need to know, to remember, and to pray for all the victims of this horrific genocide.

Convention

The national CYC convention will be held in Regina, SK on August 6th to 9th, 2009. This early information will give us more opportunity to make plans to attend.

Thank you!

We thank all the branches for the work done this past season, and we wish everyone a safe, happy summer, one of leisure, enjoyment, and time spent with family and friends. God Bless!

May 2008 Report

MOTHER’S DAY

The National Executive warmly greets all mothers and grandmothers, and wishes all of them good health, and many happy years. On this special day, as well as throughout the year, we express our love with gratitude and appreciation to our mothers for their many sacrifices, and undying love. On this day it may also be fitting to remember our godmothers and special aunts for their love and support. May God bless them all.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN

The UWAC has membership in the National Council of Women. This year the 115th Annual General Meeting will be held on May 30 – June 1 in Ottawa. They will be discussing many topics which interest and affect us all. Resolutions that impact all of us will be presented, dealing with important issues such as the environment, our health, and social concerns.

CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

We thank Geraldine Nakonechny, Alberta Provincial President, for the appointment of Carla Kozak as their representative to the Committee. We are still looking for representatives from British Columbia and the Eastern Region.

CONVENORS

We thank Liz Lyne, BC Provincial President for responding to our request for convenors to the Executive. The new convenors are:

Promin: Nina Colson
Ukrainian Education: Bella Bugera
Benevolent: Liz Lyne

ANKETY

We thank the branches who have submitted their ankety, and for the generous donations. If there are any branches who have not yet been able to send in their forms, we urge them to do so at their earliest convenience. Please remember to include your email addresses, as this makes contacting you very convenient.

INVENTORY

We had listed inventory items in the March issue of Promin. Please note new pricing of the following items:

  1. For Our Children (Book with Tape) – $8.00
    (A compilation of Dobr. Jane Luchak’s articles in Visnyk)
  2. For Our Children (CD) – $10.00

It is our hope that this new pricing will stimulate the movement of these very worthwhile items in our inventory.

UKRAINIAN CANADIAN CONGRESS

  1. 10 For 10 Fundraising Campaign – April 1 – June 30, 2008
    • to raise funds for Canadian Holodomor awareness initiatives
    • to establish a permanent Holodomor Education Fund which will support ongoing educational initiatives

    Theme: $10 in memory of 10 million
    Donations accepted in all Ukrainian Credit Unions throughout Canada.
    All donations should be made to the Holodomor Awareness Fund.
    Donations can also be sent directly to UCC, Suite 647, 167 Lombard Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0V3
    Cheques should be made payable to UCC Charitable & Educational Trust-Holodomor Awareness Fund.

  2. Holodomor: Famine Genocide Writing CompetitionOpen to students aged 14 – 19, to write about the Ukrainian famine genocide of 1932 – 1933. Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:
    First – $500; Second – $300; Third – $200
    Ten honorable mentions at $50 each will also be awarded.
    Deadline for submission : June 30, 2008
    Copies of the writing competition may be obtained from the Famine-Genocide web site at: www.faminegenocide.com

April 2008 Report

EASTER/VELYKDEN

For Ukrainians, Velykden or Easter is the most joyous of all the Feast Days of the year. The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, renews us with hope that as Christ rose from the dead, so too we shall someday rise to life eternal with our God in heaven. Velykden is the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness. May this Feast of all Feasts bring each one of you joy and happiness, and enrich your lives with God’s Grace, Peace, and Love. On behalf of all the Executive I wish everyone a very Happy Easter, and greet you with the traditional greeting

Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!

CONVENOR UPDATE

I am pleased to report that we have added two convenors to the list:

Promin: Adele Trischuk – Saskatchewan
Women’s Issues: Patricia Yuzik – Saskatchewan

Each province still has vacancies in its list, and we are working on filling them. Again, if any of you are so inclined, please contact your Provincial President.

We are also reminding all convenors to share any news, information, or activities carried out in our journal. Sharing of ideas and activities brings us closer together, and inspires us to greater things.

MEMBERSHIP RECOGNITION

Many branches have been holding their Installation of New Members and Member Recognition Functions. We sincerely welcome all the new members, and wish them many fulfilling years within our Association. We congratulate all the members who were recognized for their years of service, and we thank them for their dedication, their sacrifices, and for their caring love of our Church and our Soyuz.

CONSTITUTION

We still have not filled the slate for the Constitution Committee, and are asking each Provincial President to appoint someone from their province. Thus far we have: Cecilia Kachkowski – Saskatchewan, and Olena Garrity – Manitoba. As soon as the Committee is complete, we can start on the important project of Constitution review.

ANKETA SUBMISSIONS

The forms are slowly coming in, and we remind the branches that the submission date is May 1/08. Please include your e-mail addresses for those branches who have them.

INVENTORY

Last month we listed some of the items available for purchase from our office.
Additional items we are listing this month are:

  1. Easter Cards with envelopes (Blank) – Package of 12 for $10.00
  2. Smoloskyp Cards with envelopes (Blank) – package of 12 for $3.00
  3. Feast Days of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
    by Rev. Dr. Ivan Stus – $7.95
  4. Ukrainian Canadiana – $10.00
  5. Easter – (Booklet of material compiled for the use
    of those seeking information on Easter as celebrated
    by people of Ukrainian background. Includes Pysanka
    Designs, Basic Steps in Writing Pysanky, Easter Bread
    recipes and designs) – $5.00

(All materials will have GST plus Shipping added on)

When sending payment for orders, please write the Invoice number on your cheque.