Artist In the Spotlight

Researched and prepared by Leona Bridges (published in Dec 2016/Jan 2017 Promin)

 

Myrna Kostash

 

Myrna Kostash is an acclaimed writer of literary and creative nonfiction who makes her home in Edmonton when she is not travelling in pursuit of her varied literary interests and passions. These have taken her from school halls in Vancouver, BC, to Ukrainian weddings in Two Hills, Alberta; from the site of the mass grave of Cree warriors in Battleford, Saskatchewan, to a fishers’ meeting in Digby, Nova Scotia; from the British Library in London, UK, to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

 

She is inspired in her work by her childhood in the Ukrainian-Canadian community of Edmonton, her rites of passage through the Sixties in the US, Canada and Europe, by her discovery of the New Journalism and feminism in the 1970s, by her rediscovery of her western Canadian roots in the 1980s, by her return to her spiritual sources in Byzantium and the Eastern Christian (Orthodox) Church, and, most recently, by her re-education in the history of Indigenous and Settler relations in western Canada.

 

Myrna is the author of the multicultural classic, All of Baba’s Children (1978), which has never gone out of print. Her second book, Long Way From Home: The Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada (1980), was the first to narrate the specifically Canadian experience of that era, and has been acknowledged as such by grateful scholars of today. Though out of print, No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls (1987) and The Next Canada: In Search of the Future Canada continue to find readers because of their passionate reportage. With Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe (1993) and The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir (1997), Myrna hit her full stride in the burgeoning nonfiction genre known as creative nonfiction, the latest example of which is her recent book, Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, a gathering-together of travel writing, memoir, historical and political narrative, art history and reflection.

 

While working on books, Myrna works on smaller literary projects such as the traveller’s companion to the North Saskatchewan River, Reading the River (2005), and the compendium of historical and literary texts about the 1885 Frog Lake Massacre, The Frog Lake Reader (2009), and about the Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816 Manitoba.

 

These same interests – her roots in western Canadian, Ukrainian-Canadian and Ukrainian culture and history and her engagement with Canadian social issues – are reflected in her work for radio documentary with the CBC’s program, Ideas, and in her current project, a theatrical play based on characters from the story of Frog Lake.

 

Unsurprisingly, Myrna’s work has been viewed within the lens of Canadian Studies, especially among appreciative Canadianists in universities of eastern, central and southeastern Europe.

 

Myrna is in demand at home and abroad as a public speaker, lecturer, reader and panellist, appreciated for her impassioned opinions, wide-ranging commitments and concerns as a writer and citizen, and her career-long advocacy for her beloved genre, literary nonfiction.

 


 

Michael Hingston of the Edmonton Journal1 interviewed Myrna last May about her most recent book, The Seven Oaks Reader.  “My books are about what people say,” said Myrna.  She does not verify whether a given historical source is reliable.  Rather, Myrna juxtaposes a number of perspectives on a given event and leaves them to fight it out on the page.  The battle of Seven Oaks took place two hundred years ago on the site of what is now Winnipeg and tells of an unusual event in Metis history.  “It has a very peculiar ending, actually. You can get away with killing armed settlers, and nobody is ever successfully prosecuted for it. Look what happens, a couple of generations later, to Louis Riel. The whole thing (at Seven Oaks) kind of fizzled out.” Myrna feels that Metis history is underrepresented on library bookshelves.

 

The Seven Oaks Reader constitutes a wake-up call to non-indigenous Canadians.  The Ukrainian Canadian community should be proud to count among its artists a woman whose empathy for our indigenous brothers and sisters illuminates their troubled past.

 

Researched and prepared by Leona Bridges

1Hingston, Michael The Edmonton Journal May 19, 2016, “Myrna Kostash’s New Book a Wake-up Call to Non-indigenous Canadians”.

 

СВЯТО ГЕРОЇНЬ

(Published in June/July 216 Promin)

СВЯТО  ГЕРОЇНЬ 2016 РОКУ ПРИСВЯЧЕНО ЖІНКАМ-ГЕРОЇНЯМ ПЕРШОГО ПОСЕЛЕННЯ УКРАЇНЦІВ У КАНАДІ З НАГОДИ 125 ЛІТТЯ

 

7 вересня 1891року на канадську землю прибули перші поселенці з українських земель Іван Пилипів і Василь Єленяк.

В наступних роках прибуло до Канади  щораз більше людей  з українських земель. Тепер в Канаді проживає  біля 2 мільйони людей українського походження.

Приїжджали цілими родинами, часто з малими дітьми, найчастіше майже  без жодного матеріяльного забезпечення, але з надією на краще життя на новій, обіцяній землі.

Велику, навіть вирішальну ролю в організуванні та забезпеченні життя родини на новім поселенню припала жінкам.

Вони брали на свої непосильні плечі не тільки опіку над дітьми, домове господарство, але також допомагали обробляти поле, корчувати ліси, будувати доми. Тим жінкам піонерам, а навіть героїням, Комітет Українок Канади відділ Торонто під проводом Голови, Стефи Шимко, з блискучою доповіддю Оксани Бризгун-Соколик, присвятив цьогорічне Свято Героїнь, яке відбулось 21 лютого 2016року в домі ім. Тараса Шевченка на вул. Горнер.

На сцені символічно стояли і привітали аудиторію  фігури-родина вбрані в народніх строях з Буковини  – батько, мати і син та золотий сніп пшениці декоративно прибраний  вишитим рушником. Це експонати з музею Ліґи  Українських  Католицьких Жінок Канади Торонтонської Єпархії.

Відспівано канадський славень. Преосвященніший Владика Андрій, Єпископ Східньої Єпархії Української Православної Церкви в Канаді, провів молитву. Згадав тих жінок – піонерок, котрі прибули до Канади  125 років тому ; також тих, котрі сьогодні боряться  за волю України в рядах Українських Збройних Сил, працюють, допомагають як волонтери.  Вони—також героїні.

Голова Комітету Українок Канади, Стефа Шимко, привітала почесних гостей – достойного Генерального Консула України, Людмилу Давидович; колишню голову Конгресу Українців Канади відділ Торонто, Оксану Реву; о. Олега Юрика від Свято-Миколаївської Української Католицької Церкви, достойних Голів Організацій, та усіх присутніх.

Відтак, Голова згадала другу річницю жахливих подій на Майдані. “Mи разом із українським народом вшановуємо пам’ять Небесної Сотні та жертв Революції Гідності— переламні, історичні події, які співпадають з нашим святом.”  Усі присутні вшанували пам’ять загиблих героїв одно хвилинною мовчанкою.

Голова коротко наголосила важливу ролю, яку відіграла українська жінка першої хвилій іміграції, яка часто себе фізично жервувала, щоб здобути кращу долю для себе і своєї родини.

Про працю перших поселенців п. Шимко сказала: “Вони корчували ліси, орали волами, сіяли руками, молотили ціпами, мололи муку жорнами, пряли, вишивали, ткали килими…Це була тяжка праця з примітивними знаряддями від ночі до ночі, щоб забезпечити родину житлом і харчами.

Вони одночасно будували церкви, школи, та творили організації, щоб зберегти та розповсюджувати українську культурну спадщину і традиції свого народу. Наші перші поселенці стали народом основноположником Канади, збагативши її демографічно, соціяльно, економічно, культурно та політично.”

Головною доповідачкою свята виступила почесна Голова СФУЖО, Оксана Бризгун-Соколик, котру за віддану працю, та вагомий внесок з питань культури, і за особистий внесок в справах відродження України нагороджено Орденом Княгині Ольги ІІІ ступеня, а також багатьма грамотами, медалями, подяками та відзнаками. Її доповідь “125 ліття Українців в Канаді. Українська жінка піонерка”– була цікавою, змістовною та зворушила серця усіх присутніх.

Вона говорила про індивідуальні долі людей – жінок, матерів їх величезну посвяту. Вони, долаючи невимовні труднощі, зуміли досягти головну ціль – пережити, зберегти родину, зберегти свою віру, культуру, в великій мірі причинитися до розквіту Канади, передовсім західних провінцій Манітоби,  Альберти, Саскачевану.

Декілька прикладів з доповіді п. Соколик: “Вероня з Буковини приїхала до Канади 4-літньою дівчинкою в 1898 році. Одружилася молодою. Мала тяжке життя на гомстеді і велику родину. Всім дітям дала вищу освіту своїм вишиванням. Вишивала сорочки,продавала їх і за заробітки діти вчилися.”

Другий спогад С. Зеленіцького: “привезли нас та скинули на гомстеді. Було над вечором. Нас шестеро дітей, а одно ще у мами на руках. Викопали яму. Поставили над нею буду, прикрили листям, щоб було де переночувати. Ніч запала. Зірвався вітер, позривав дах і хати не стало. Зачало гриміти і пішла злива. Мама нас тулила, та гріла під деревом в зливі.”

І така доля багатьох, багатьох…..

Але українські люди, поборюючи усі труднощі, спромоглися скоро піднестись на поверхню. Розуміючи, що в великій мірі майбутня доля їх і їхніх дітей залежить не тільки від їхньої праці, але  також від їхньої освіти, старались всіма силами запевнити їм можливість науки.

Цитую п. Соколик: “І вже в 1951р. прем’єр Манітоби каже ‘сини і дочки українських еміґрантів, котрі ще не так давно не вміли говорити англійською, тепер кінчають університети. Багато з них займає відповідальні становища в підприємствах, промисловості, рільництві. Шість членів Манітобської Праводавчої Палати є українського походження. Один з них дост. Н. Бачинський займає найвищу позицію в тій Палаті –Speaker of the House. Громадяни Манітоби віддають честь українським піонерам, котрі допомагали загосподарювати ті прерії, вложили так багато праці для добра, розбудови нашої країни.’”

А ще з досягнень перших еміґрантів: “Родина Косташів приїхала до Канади в 1900 р. В 1968 р.газета в Едмонтон писала про них: “п. Косташ приносить 24-тий університетський диплом в цю родину еміґрантів.”

“В Торонто мешкає онука родини Стратейчуків, яка приїхала до Канади в 1900 р. – це Рома Франко. Вона викладала українську мову і літературу в університеті в Саскачевані, була там Головою славістичного відділу. Бачила зацікавлення своіх студентів українською літературою і, щоб їм уможливити читати ті твори переклала понад 20 творів на англійську мову. Сама їх розповсюджувала по бібліотеках і університетах. Робила це добровільно.”

Савеля Стечишин – нагороджена Order of Canada. З її ініціятиви зорганізовано першу жіночу організацію в 1923р. – Союз Українок Канади. Викладала в університеті домашню економіку. Авторка книги “Mистецькі скарби українських вишивок”, та славної куховарської книжки “Traditional Ukrainian cookery”, яка вже мала більше як 20 видань.

І на закінчення п. Соколик сказала такі правдиві слова: “Шановні присутні! Ми приїхали на готове. Не лише на готовий хліб, а на церкви, організації, школи, домівки, часописи, бібліотеки…Хтось це будував, чиїсь руки, чиїсь ум і чиїсь  гроші це творили. Наші попередники залишили нам колосальну спадщину і роля жінки в тій боротьбі за життя, за кращу долю для своіх нащадків була величезною, вирішальною.”

Свято також було збагачене зворушливою, якісною мистецькою програмою. Солістка Віра Змієвська чудово заспівала дві пісні- «Три поради» і «Мамина сорочка». Показано оригінальний відеомонтаж  присвячений Жінкам-героїням  першого поселення українців в Канаді, на композицію  «Я в чужині дивлюсь на небо».

Співак Олег Бунча гарно виконав дві пісні- «Соколята» і «Мамина світлиця».

Професійний декламатор Лариса Баюс зворушливо рецитувала художнє читання вірша  «Наші журавлі» поетеси Надії Козак.                     Молодіжний ансамбль Пролісок Осередку  СУМ під мистецьким керівництвом дириґента Олесі Коник прекрасно виконав три пісні: «Мова колискова», «Гілка калини», «Лети тужлива пісне».

На завершення програми представлено відеомонтаж  українських героїнь, котрі були вшановані Комітетом Українок Канади протягом останніх 10 років.  Подячну молитву провів о. Олег Юрик з Української Католицької Церкви св. о. Миколая. Свято Героїнь завершилось відспіванням усіма присутніми українського славня «Ще не вмерла Україна, ні слава ні воля»

Вміло і зручно програму вела членкиня Комітету Українок Канади, Катерина Литвинюк.

Після завершення офіційної програми, представники Комітету Українок Канади  взяли участь у спільній знимці в атмосфері веселих та позитивних вражень. Ґратулюємо всім тим, які спричинилися до цього чудового свята!

Євгенія Мельничук
Член управи Комітету Українок Канади
Членкиня С.У.К. Відділ ім. Княгині Ольги в Торонто

 

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.