April 2021 Canadian Newsletter
It’s my pleasure to welcome you with the UCC’s April Canada bulletin. In Ukrainian the month of April is kviten’, the month of flowers. I hope that the snow is melting quickly wherever you are so that the spring flowers arrive soon! 
Easter is just around the corner. Some of my favourite Easter memories are from spending time with Baba and Dido Michalchyshyn in their kitchen as they baked dozens of paskas of all sizes to share with friends and family. Our team has a full month of activities and information from around Canada we will be sharing shortly. We've sent out our Easter greeting card to everyone in the mail and you should receive them soon!
I hope that you and your family are looking at your options to register for a vaccine in your province as soon as possible. UCC is working with 19 To Zero, a national coalition of public health experts, to organize a national townhall on vaccine education and safe behaviour in the near future.  
Looking ahead to the summer, the UCC will hiring summer students, as well as selecting Parliamentary Interns for the next fall. These are both excellent opportunities for our community’s youth, and we encourage you to share these with young people in your circles who should be encouraged to apply! 
Ihor Michalchyshyn
CEO & Executive Director

PS. Watch for the launch of the next video in our UCC 80th Anniversary series on the 1960s mid-April!
Call to Action: Support the UCC Atlantic Canada
Holodomor Recognition Campaign!
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress calls on members of the community to support the Atlantic Canada Holodomor Recognition Campaign, launched on March 18th, 2021.
The goal of the campaign is to gain official recognition of the Holodomor as an Act of Genocide and designate an annual Holodomor Memorial Day in the Provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
We encourage all Canadians living in Atlantic Canada to support the UCC’s Holodomor Recognition Campaign by sending a letter to their local MLA.
A sample letter can be found [here].
Canada must stand against human rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) calls on the Government of Canada to implement sanctions against Russian and occupation officials in Russian-occupied Crimea who are responsible for egregious human rights violations of Ukrainian citizens.

Last week the UCC provided the Government with a list of 16 Russian and occupation officials involved in three prominent cases of human rights abuses.

Canada-Ukraine Mobility Working Group Webinar
Watch Minister Marco Mendicino, Ambassador Shevchenko, MP Yvan Baker and Glen Linder (IRCC) for take part in this informative online presentation.

Hosted by UCC National President Alexandra Chyczij, with questions moderated by Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC National CEO.

Reminder that we are still accepting applications for the Parliamentary Internship Program until April 30th.

To learn more about the Parliamentary Internship Program, watch the information session [HERE] !
Taras Bahriy
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Ontario Provincial Council held its AGM online this past week. Congratulations to the newly elected board and newly elected President Taras Bahriy!

Taras Bahriy has dedicated more than 18 years to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, where he has been instrumental in organizing and participating in events and activities at the provincial and national levels.

He also sits on the board of directors of the International Ivan Franko Fund, and is the immediate Past President of the UCC Toronto Branch.
Christina Rybalka
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Saskatoon Branch elected a new president, Christina Rybalka. Congratulations Christina!

Born and raised in Prince Albert, SK. Both of Christina's parents and grandparents were/ are very active in the Ukrainian community and instilled in Christina the importance of faith, culture, family and community.

"The Ukrainian Community in Saskatoon is a very vibrant and great community to be a part of and I am honoured to have been elected to this position. I plan to do my best to serve the Ukrainian community in Saskatoon."
- Christina Rybalka
The UCC will continue to strictly follow all public health guidelines and directives from federal, provincial and local authorities. Final length of term will be identified pending approval of grant funding from the Government of Canada.
Applications Open for Canada Summer Jobs 2021
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is excited to begin the search for a number of summer staff across Canada, through the support of the Canada Summer Jobs program. Positions will be available in various parts of Canada pending final approval of funding from the Government of Canada.

[Click here] to fill out the online application.
[Click here] to read more about the Canada-Ukraine Foundation employment opportunity.
[Click here] to read more about the Oseredok employment opportunity.
[Click here] to read more about the Shevchenko Foundation employment opportunity.
Making sure our Parents, Grandparents, and Family members are safe
Every time I visited my mother (she passed away in November 2020) and my sister in their long-term care home, I walked through a corridor when I could recognize some familiar names on the wall next to each room. Names of our community members, volunteers, donors, and supporters who made sure that we had welcoming and familiar places for our seniors to enjoy their culture, traditions, religion, and familiarity. Places where they can be happy, communicate in their language, and feel protected and safe. As a community, we are responsible for ensuring that their wishes to have a peaceful and secure life at old age or long-term homes are realized.

As a caregiver to my sister my getting a vaccine was no brainer. I feel that anything I could do to protect her and other residents from COVID was a duty. As such, when the opportunity to receive a vaccine presented itself, I jumped on board without hesitating. I thought this is the least I can do to ensure my sister’s safety and happiness. I know she would have done the same if she were in my shoes.

Janine Kuzma, UCC National Fund Development Manager
Walter "Wally" Bunka
UCC is very sad to learn of the passing of Walter "Wally" Bunka and expresses condolences to his family and friends. Mr. Bunka passed away on March 13, 2021, in Edmonton.

Wally was a well-known Ukrainian-Canadian veteran of WWII in Alberta who fought the Nazi army in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was wounded multiple times and received numerous awards from Canada and Netherlands for his service during the Second World War.

May His Memory Be Eternal. Вічная Пам'ять.

Firefighter Aid Ukraine
Edmonton firefighter, Kevin Royle created Firefighter Aid Ukraine after seeing the resources available in the Ukraine were less then adequate.

Thank you to Mayor Tim MacPhee, the Town of Vegreville and the Vegreville Fire Department for donating used firefighting equipment to Firefighter Aid Ukraine.

Thank you to Kevin and his colleagues for the great work they do.

Dr. Tony Harras is the 2021 recipient of the USask BUZ Volunteer Leadership Award.
Dr. Harras was very passionate about the protection and enhancement of Ukrainian culture, not only in Saskatchewan, but across Canada. He has a long history of volunteering his support for the Ukrainian National Congress.

UCC National Ukrainian Education Council & Youth Interorganizational Committee
The National Conference for Ukrainian Educators will feature more than 25 workshops on various topics. Featured speakers: Oksana Levytska, Chair | Ukrainian World Congress International Education Coordinating Council and Zoya Lytvyn, Head of NGO Osvitoriya. 

The National CYMK Executive would like to invite you to participate in the “Lenten Challenge.”
This will be a weekly guided prayer and reflection challenge focusing on wellness and mindfulness this Easter season.

Ukrainian Village Dancing

Get lost in the sights, sounds, taste, and history of Ukraine when you immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture with our Ukrainian Explore Pass! Funded by Safe At Home MB, our Ukrainian Explore Pass will create opportunities for Manitobans to make connections, be creative, and continue discovering while safe at home.
The dances are simple to learn and fun for any age! No experience is necessary.

PYSANKY For Ukraine Day

On April 1st, grab your kistka, and join the global pysanka community in writing a pysanka, and sending positive thoughts and energy to Ukraine, and beyond.

We encourage all pysanka enthusiasts to post photos of pysanky, pysanka workshops, and information about online pysanka events related to this event in the Facebook group Pysanky For Ukraine Day.

Please share, and invite friends and pysanka enthusiasts to join the Pysanky For Ukraine Day group.

Ukrainian Easter Hymns!
This CD includes 20 tracks with 15 variations of Христос Воскрес, liturgical pieces and two arrangements of Alleluia that are sure to instantly fill your heart with Christ's love, during the Easter season. Lush four part harmonies, favourite melodies, creative arrangements.

Includes unlimited streaming of Христос Воскрес! Ukrainian Easter Hymns! Christ is Risen! via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Ukrainian EggCessories Pysanka Tour to Ukraine
Ukrainian EggCessories are collaborating with Cobblestone Freeway Tours to bring you a spectacular cultural tour to Ukraine at Easter time.
We will take you through modern cities and quiet mountain towns to experience the most important holiday in the Ukrainian culture. Make your own Easter eggs, bless a traditional Easter basket and enjoy a delicious Easter feast! From big city lights to quaint mountain villages, you will experience the best of both worlds!
We are also guests of the Pysanka Museum in Kolomyia where we have the honour to unveil a "North American" Pysanky Exhibit, offer a couple presentations on North American pysanky techniques, walk in a parade and enjoy a meet and greet with many Ukrainian Pysanka Masters. 

ACUA Alberta Council for the
Ukrainian Arts
Full list of Workshops

Full List of Workshops, Lectures, and Round Tables

A Year-long Celebration of Ukrainian Embroidery & Textiles
All events offered in English and Ukrainian. Live translations will be provided.

The second lecture Ukrainian Embroidery in Canada will take place on Saturday April 10th.

Registered participants will receive participation link and instructions at least 24 hours prior to each event.
Participants need to register through our website below.

CUIS Events

2021 Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Lecture
“The Rockets of October: Ukraine and the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Dr. Serhii Plokhii.

Date:Thursday, April 22
Time: 4 PM (MDT, UTC-6) | 6 PM (EDT, UTC-4)

Governor in Council appointments are public appointments by the Government of Canada to Crown corporations and federal entities (such as boards, agencies and commissions etc.)
We encourage qualified Ukrainian Canadians to put their names forward and to serve Canada and its people.
203-952 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3P4
Phone: 1-866-942-4627