UCC eNewsletter – December 2012

“Різдвяна ніч”, Степан Мельниченко                                  “Christmas Night” by Stefan Melnychenko

З Різдвом Христовим! – Merry Christmas!

З Новим Роком! – Happy New Year!

In this Issue:


Dear Friends of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress,


As we gather with our family and friends during the Christmas season, I would like to recognize and thank all the volunteers and donors that make our Ukrainian Canadian community so exceptional.

With your support, we will continue to develop a strong and vibrant community.  A community that not only takes care of its own from cradle to grave but supports other communities in Canada and around the world, including our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

As we usher in a new year, let us be proud of who we are and what we have achieved.  With your generous support we will continue to ensure the Congress represents and serves all its members.

On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and my family Adrianna, Roman, Danylo, Larysa and Olena, I extend my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays!


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З нагоди цього радісного свята Різдва Христового, від імені Конґресу Українців Канади та усіх наших складових організацій вітаю ієрархів українських церков, проводи та членство українських організацій, а також всіх наших добровольців, працівників, жертводавців і симпатиків, та бажаю кожному українцеві та всім людям доброї волі веселих і радісних свят, щастя, міцного здоров’я, великих успіхів, і Божого благословення у новому році.


Христос Рождається – Славімо Його!


Yours sincerely,                                         З повагою та найщирішими побажаннями,

Paul Grod, President                                                             Павло Ґрод, Президент

Ukrainian Canadian Congress                                              Конґрес Українців Канади



Thank You for Making 2012 a Great Year!


As 2012 draws to a close, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) would like to thank our supporters for all that you have done to ensure that our community is alive and well. Without your assistance and generous support we could not continue to work on the issues that are so important to the Ukrainian Canadian community such as the preservation of our language and culture, immigration, relations with Ukraine, Holodomor Awareness, concerns with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and multiculturalism.

We are committed to a strong and vibrant Ukrainian Canadian community. 

In the last weeks of 2012, we ask that you please support us by making a gift to sustain the incredible work that our volunteers and staff have accomplished this last year. When you do, you will be safeguarding important educational and cultural projects that are the lifeblood of our community.


Please visit our secure donation form on our website to donate today to ensure that you receive your tax receipt for the 2012tax year and help us to build our community for the future.


You may also send a cheque payable to Ukrainian Canadian Congress Charitable and Educational Trust by mail to us at:

Ukrainian Canadian Congress

 952 Main Street – Suite 203,

Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 3P4


On behalf of everyone at UCC, thank you for your generous support!



UCC Holiday Art Sale 2012



FOR ONLY $150.00

If you would like this enchanting art piece on display in your home,

don’t wait, ORDER today to receive it before Ukrainian Christmas!


UCC President meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird


Minister John Baird and UCC President Paul Grod

During a recent meeting between Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, both agreed that continuing free trade negotiations with Ukraine is in the best interest of Ukraine provided that key human rights and democratic principles are met. The Minister further commented that Ukraine will remain a key foreign policy priority for Canada.

Під час нещодавньої зустрічі Президента Конґресу Українців Канади Павла Ґрода з міністром закордонних справ Джоном Беірдом обидві сторони погодилися, що продовження переговорів про вільну торгівлю з Україною є в найкращих інтересах України за умови дотримання ключових прав людини та демократичних принципів. Міністр також зазначив, що Україна залишатиметься ключовим пріоритетом зовнішньої політики Канади.




December 12, 2012 – MONTREAL, QC -The leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community concluded an intense two day board meeting on issues of importance to the Ukrainian Canadian community such as the inclusion of Canada’s First National Internment Operations and the Holodomor in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR); the recent election results in Ukraine and the large Canadian election observer presence; and community development. In addition the board selected Toronto as the venue for the 2013 Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians tentatively scheduled for late October. Read more



12 грудня, 2012 – МОНТРЕАЛЬ- Керівництво канадської української громади завершило інтенсивне дводенне засідання ради директорів розглядом важливих для канадської української громади питань, таких як: включення Перших канадських операцій інтернування та Голодомору до експозиції Канадського музею Прав Людини; результати недавніх виборів в Україні та присутність великої кількості канадських спостерігачів за виборами; розвиток громади. Крім того, Рада обрала Торонто місцем проведення Конґресу Українців Канади в 2013 році, попередньо запланованого на кінець жовтня, який проводиться що три роки. Читати детальніше




Congratulations to UCC Executive Member Serhiy Kasyanchuk (far right) on his ordination to the Diaconate of the St. Demetrius the Great Martyr Parish (Toronto).


Sub-deacons Bohdan Swystun, Serhiy Kasyanchuk and Eugene Doroniuk received the Sacrament of Ordination to the Diaconate at St. Demetrius the Great-Martyr Church on December 6, 2012 by the laying-on of hands of Most Reverend Vladyka Stephen.

Під-диякони Богдан Свистун, Сергій Касянчук, Євген Доронюк, Святою Тайною

Свячення стануть в сан Диякона в Церкві Св. Димитрія Великомученика 6-го грудня через рукоположення Владики Стефана.


National Arts Council Website Launch


At the last triennial congress, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) launched a new committee, the National Arts Council (NAC). The goal of the committee is to create a network for Ukrainian Canadian artists whereby they can gain visibility and recognition within Canada, and find creative means to continue their artistic growth through the celebration of the Ukrainian arts.

The NAC’s current project is the development of a  website (nac.ucc.ca) that will feature a Ukrainian Canadian Artists Directory, Resource Section and Profiles on varying arts groups and individuals in Canada. In order for this project to be successful, the NAC is asking for  assistance from the entire community to help spread the word and make sure that all the artists in your area are aware of this new tool.  Thank you!


CFWWIRF website revamped to offer more features 

The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) has launched a refreshed and updated websitewww.internmentcanada.ca

The website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information relating to Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920, is part of the CFWWIRF’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to the general public. The website, which features a comprehensive list of educational resources and their links, also includes links to museums in Canada that have internment archives and artifacts. Read more…


Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism

The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism is an initiative that recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to multiculturalism and integration of newcomers. Does this sound like someone you know? Nominate them today!

Deadline to apply for the 2013 award is March 1, 2013. This award is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

For more information on the award, eligibility requirements and the nomination process, please visit www.multiculturalism.gc.ca/paulyuzyk



Get involved in the Ukrainian community and help make a difference. The UCC depends on a network of volunteers across the country and we need you to become involved at the local, provincial and national level. You can become more involved by participating in UCC Committees.

Please sign up to volunteer with the UCC by emailing: ucc@ucc.ca


Latest Press Releases

 Be sure we have your Malanka on our event calendar! 

Upcoming event: “Leadership and Management of Non-Profit Organizations”

a second more in-depth conference in Toronto, April 2013

Details coming soon in “UCC Community Calendar”.


Email: ucc@ucc.ca



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