December Canadian Newsletter
Greetings!
I’m very pleased to share with you the UCC’s December bulletin.  

In November, our community and Ukrainians around the world commemorated the Holodomor, the Soviet Communist regime’s genocide against the Ukrainian people. We solemnly honoured the memory of the millions of innocent victims of this crime. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, commemoration ceremonies were held online or in very limited formats. Please read about some of the commemorative events that took place in Canada in our bulletin. May the Memory of the Victims be Eternal. Вічная Пам’ять.  

In the weeks ahead we’ll be launching the UCC’s Koliada Campaign and sharing our rich Ukrainian Canadian Christmas traditions. All of us are making adjustments to experience the holiday season in line with pandemic safety rules. One of the things which I’m missing the most is not being able to sing with my choir, especially our beautiful schedrivky and koliady. And while it’s going to be hard to imagine caroling home to home, I know there are people coming up with tech savvy solutions to keep the koliada tradition alive! 

We are looking forward to hearing from you in the weeks ahead as part of UCC's Koliada! 

Wishing you a safe and healthy December ahead
Ihor Michalchyshyn
CEO & Executive Director
A page in history
Ukrainian Christmas by the National Film Board

This short documentary offers a glimpse into the Ukrainian communities of the Canadian prairies during the 1940s.
UCC STATEMENTS & NEWS
UCC holds first-ever online AGM
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 7. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting was held online for the first time, with over 80 delegates and guests in attendance.
The UCC was especially pleased to welcome delegates from every UCC Provincial Council and representing Ukrainian communities across Canada, including from Moncton, NB, Dauphin, MB, and Kelowna, BC.

To watch the report about our work in 2020 delivered by Alexandra Chyczij, UCC National President, click on the image to your left.
This meeting also marked 80 years since the founding of the UCC, and special greetings were presented by dignitaries to mark this auspicious anniversary. The UCC’s 80th anniversary project was launched at the AGM.
UCC meets with Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
The UCC met with the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development about the impact of Covid-19 on the Ukrainian Canadian community on Friday November 13, 2020.

UCC National President Alexandra Chyczij spoke about the ongoing need for supporting the community non-profit sector, including community arts groups and communities centres.

UCC discusses Canada-Ukraine relations with Government of Canada
On December 4, representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) met with senior Government of Canada officials to discuss Canada-Ukraine relations.

The UCC presented the community’s recommendations on Canada’s Development Assistance Program in Ukraine, Bilateral trade, Security and Defence Sector Cooperation, and Defence Reforms, Canada’s Sanctions Regime and Ukraine and Migration issues.

UCC and SUSK Welcome Danya Wasylyk as SUSK National Coordinator
As the SUSK National Coordinator, Ms. Wasylyk will split her duties between SUSK and UCC. Funding for this position is made possible by the generous donations which UCC and SUSK receive throughout the year.

Danya Wasylyk recently completed her bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is an active volunteer in the Ukrainian community, including with Dena Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. She has also served as President at the Ukrainian Students’ Club at Ryerson University. 

DONOR'S CORNER
2020 GIVING TUESDAY = SUCCESS
Ukrainian Credit Union Limited Board of Directors presenting $7,000 matching gift to UCC C&E Trust on #GivingTuesday.
From left to right: Janine Kuzma UCC National Fund Development Manager, Dr. Natalia Lishchyna, 1st Vice-Chair UCU, Slawko Borys, Chair UCU
I am so delighted to share our final record-breaking Giving Tuesday results with you, so here they are.
We had 124 incredible donors helping raise $40,410.00 within a very short period. This total includes a matching gift of $7,000 from the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. 

It is my pleasure to thank everyone who donated and cheered for us on this 24h international day of giving.

Thank you to all donors who support our work throughout the year and who made an extra Giving Tuesday gift and I extend my warmest welcome to new donors and supporters who joined our UCC family on Giving Tuesday.

My heartfelt thanks goes to ALL UCC Executive Board Members who made an extra donation this year and agreed to post and share their #unselfie pictures and videos.

Last but not least I would also like to thank our partners, the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, for graciously agreeing to match gifts to the UCC C&E Trust on Giving Tuesday.

I think what Giving Tuesday did for all of us this year is to prove yet again that we are united and share the same vision for our Ukrainian Canadian community to be successful, healthy, and influential with a bright future ahead.

I know I am truly blessed to be part of this community which cares so passionately about their own and Ukraine and I know you feel the same. Thank you!

Best wishes to you and your family,
Janine Kuzma, UCC National Fund Development Manager
COMMUNITY NEWS
Holomor Commemorations take place across Canada

On Saturday, November 28, Ukraine and the world commemorated Holodomor Memorial Day.


We solemnly honoured the hallowed memory of the millions of victims of the Holodomor-Famine Genocide, perpetrated by the Soviet Communist regime against the Ukrainian people.


Наш незмінний обов’язок – пам’ятати Голодомор й вшановувати жертв Голодомору щоб запобігти повторенню цих злочинів.
Read Holodomor Statements by Canadian Politicians
The UCC participated in the Remembrance Day Commemoration at Canada's National War Memorial representing our community
Vichnaya Pamyat
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) expresses its deep condolences on the loss of Anna Kisil. Mrs. Kisil passed away on November 16 in Toronto. The Ukrainian Canadian community joins the family and many friends in mourning and in sorrow.

A community leader, philanthropist, activist and volunteer, Anna Kisil will be remembered by all who knew her for her kindness, humour, compassion and wisdom. She had a deep commitment to helping others and for serving her community and Ukraine. She will be profoundly missed.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
Ukrainian Mural Unveiled at UNF Hall in Windsor

The new exterior hand-painted mural by artist Stephen Romanow was unveiled back in the fall on the Ukrainian National Federation hall in Windsor.
Find out more in this Kontakt TV interview with UCC Windsor President (also VP of the UNF Windsor) Leisha Nazarewich.
Congratulations to Borys Sirskyj!
Congratulations to Borys Sirskyj, new Chair of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. With lengthy service within such Ukrainian Canadian organizations as Plast Ukrainian Youth Association, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Canadian Bandurist Capella, and others, Mr. Sirskyj brings a wealth of community and organizational experience to the position.

UPDATES FROM OUR COMMITTEES
UCC Archives Committee
In the course of our business we tend to want to keep things for the future, but with all that we create or receive, what do we keep? What is going to help paint that picture of who we were and what we accomplished?
Help our Committee better understand the current situation with archival heritage within the community, to identify existing problems and possible solutions in order to assist community organizations with and promote proper preservation of Ukrainian Canadian heritage today and into the future
Всеканадська Конференція Українських Освітян – 2021
Реєстрацію доповідачів на Всеканадську Конференцію Українських Освітян - 2021 продовжено до 30 грудня 2020 включно.

Call for Papers is open for the 2021 Online National Conference for Ukrainian Educators. This conference aims to support the collaboration and dissemination of knowledge among educators of Ukrainian language, culture, and heritage.

The Registration of Presenters and their conference proposals is open until December 30, 2020.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies 2021–2022
The fellowship has been created to support the study of and expansion of knowledge about the Holodomor. The Temerty Fellow will work on a research project, assist and participate in the overall program planning and activities of HREC. 
Applications are welcome from scholars in various disciplines, including but not confined to history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and literature, as well as famine studies, genocide studies, and rural studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative projects will be considered.

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.
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