March 2008 Report

Taras Shevchenko (1814 – 1861)

March – the month we remember Ukraine’s beloved poet and bard, Taras Shevchenko. In spite of being born into serfdom and poverty, he became one of the great poets of his time, and is still revered today. His works spoke to the hearts of the Ukrainian people inspiring them in their struggle for freedom. Many communities still hold programs to honor his memory, where they present his works in readings and song. We need to continue this practice so that the youth of today become exposed to his story and his beautiful works.

Preparation for Lent

This month we begin Great Lent, which is our journey toward the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. May we enter into Lent with humility and repentance. Let us attend all the Lenten Services during this spiritual journey, remembering our shortcomings and asking for forgiveness, so that we can greet the Resurrected Lord joyfully, with renewed hearts and minds, and a stronger faith.

Communication

We communicate with our branches and members in various ways. This monthly report in our journal and the newsletters we send out are meant to reach each and every member, therefore , it is important that the information in the monthly Promin reports, and in each newsletter be read at scheduled branch meetings.

Ankety

We congratulate the following branches for being the first to send in their 2008 Ankety: Charytia Kononenko Branch in Blaine Lake/Krydor,SK; Olha Basarabova Branch in Nipawin, SK; Daughters of Ukraine Branch in Roblin, MB; and Lesia Ukrainka Branch in Foam Lake, SK.

If any branch has not received their Ankety package, please let us know as soon as possible. We sent them to the Presidents as reported in the 2007 Ankety, therefore, we ask that you please pass them on to the new presidents.

Website

In the newsletter we sent out with the ankety, the UWAC website address was listed incorrectly. It should read: www.uwac-national.ca

We also encourage you to visit the website of the Self-Reliance League (CYC). The address for the CYC website is: www.usrl-cyc.org

Inventory

We are reminding all branches and members that we have a fairly extensive inventory of books and materials for sale in our office. We are including a partial list in this report. We ask that you consider these materials when choosing gifts, awards, prizes, etc..

A World Without Genocide Campaign (spring 2008)

The UCC National Holodomor Commemoration Committee is calling upon the community to support the following initiatives in 2008 designed to raise awareness of Holodomor, and achieve the goal of having it recognized as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.

  1. International Torch Relay – The torch is expected to be in North America in May/June. It will be flown to any city that chooses to host it.
  2. National Youth Initiative – A separate Youth Committee will be struck to organize a spring event which will Unite our youth across the country in promotion of tolerance and human rights.
  3. Walk for a World Without Genocide – Stefan Horlatsch of Toronto, a holodomor survivor will walk across Canada to promote a world without genocide, and raise awareness of Holodomor.

More information on this campaign can be obtained from Irka Mycak, email address: irkam@sympatico.ca Or The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Office in Winnipeg.

February 2008 Report

Heroines of Ukraine

As in the past, in February, we remember our Ukrainian Women authors for their works which brought our people hope and inspiration. We remember the well-known writers such as Lesia Ukrainka, Olena Pchilka, Ol’ha Kobylianska, who have contributed so much to the literature of Ukraine. We must also remember the writers who have given much, but perhaps are not as well known to us today such as Hannah Barvinok and Ludmyla Starytska-Cerniakhivska whose biographies were featured in the February, 2006 issue of Promin’. Let us honor these women at our meetings in February by learning more about them and their works. It would also be very fitting to do some research on Ukrainian Heroines, choose one or two who are not so well known to us, and share this information at the monthly meeting.

Annual Information Forms (Ankety)

We will be sending the 2008 Ankety forms out before the end of January. We apologize for the delay, but we have had to design new forms, and this has delayed the mailing. There will be a memo along with the forms that will give you the information you will require.

Convenorships

We have sent information regarding Convenorships to all Provincial Presidents, in which we are asking that National Convenors be appointed from each province for the following departments: Promin; Benevolent; Ukrainian Education; Women’s Issues & the Environment; Cultural Arts; Archives; National/International Ukraine Affairs; Museum. The National Convenor in each province would work with the Provincial Convenor who is in touch with the locals, thus keeping each department active in each area of the country. There is much work to be done, and it is quite impossible for only one convenor to carry out all this work for all the provinces. We are asking all branches to assist your Provincial Executive to fill these posts. Anyone who has an interest in any of the departments is asked to offer their help in this endeavor.

Holodomor

As part of the commemoration of Holodomor, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress has launched the Holodomor Commemorative Campaign to raise funds for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Holodomor awareness. It is very important for us as Ukrainians to have this tragic event in our history recognized in this Museum in order to maintain permanent awareness of this very sad chapter, so that succeeding generations of Ukrainians, as well as others, will never forget. When the Campaign is launched, it is our hope that our people will respond positively and do what they can to assist.

October 2007 Report

I was born in North Battleford, SK., to Mike and Anelia (Kowalsky) Nychyk, and grew up in the small community of Whitkow. My father immigrated to Canada in 1927 as a young boy of nineteen, leaving all of his family back in Horodenka, Ukraine. My mother’s parents, Nykola and Marianna Kowalsky, immigrated from the Sokal region in 1911, and my mother was born in Canada. My parents raised four children, of which I was the eldest.

My parents were very much involved in the Ukrainian Orthodox community, and instilled in us a love and respect for our Church, and our Ukrainian language and culture. Being a member of CYMK gave me an opportunity to begin learning organizational work, andan appreciation of drama, choir singing, and public speaking. These attributes were further developed during my three year stay at the Petro Mohyla Institute in Saskatoon.

These were some of the most memorable years of my life. I was on the Debating team,served as secretary of Kameniari, and was a member of Mohylianky. I very much enjoyed participating in concerts and drama productions, which were a part of Institute life.

It was at Mohyla Institute that I met my husband, Peter Yuzik. We were married in 1955, and raised a family of five children. We feel truly blessed, as our family has grown to include six grandchildren who are our pride and joy. Besides raising my family, and being involved in their various activities, I taught elementary school for 23 years, and retired in 1992. Since I thoroughly enjoyed working with children and youth, I also taught Sunday School, Ukrainian School, and was an advisor to both local and Provincial CYMK.

We have been members of the Church since 1956, first at All Saint’s Church in Alvena, then at Holy Trinity Church in Cudworth, and now at All Saint’s Church in Saskatoon. I have served on the Executives of both the Wakaw District Parish Council, and the Holy Trinity Church in Cudworth. My love of music, especially Church music, led me to sing in Church choir, and also to learn cantoring, which I still continue to do.

I have been a member of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada for 34 years, serving in various positions on the executive of the Kniahynia Olha Branch in Cudworth. I now am a member of the Hanka Romanchych Branch in Saskatoon. I served two years as Vice-President, and six years as President on the Provincial UWAC Executive. I also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada for a total of ten years, serving part of those years as secretary to the Board.

During my term as UWAC Provincial President, I was also the President of the Provincial Executive of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada. I was on the USRL 2005 Convention Arrangements Committee, Saskatoon, serving as Registration Chair, and Committee Services Chair.

One of the rewards of my involvements has been meeting so many fine people, many of whom have become good friends. I can truly say that my career, as well as my participation in organizational work, have enriched me by providing opportunities for positive relationships, learning experiences, and working with people who have goals that are similar to mine.

By sharing some of my past history, it is my hope that you will see me as someone who has gone through many similar, or the same, life experiences as have many of you. In the next two years I hope to have the opportunity to meet as many of you as will be possible, and I am looking forward to making many more good friends. As I have stated before, it is my belief that if we work together as one, maintaining stewardship of our Association, with faith in the Lord, He will bless us and our efforts, so that we will have a legacy to pass on to those who will succeed us.

May God Bless each one of us, and help us along the way.