UCC Expands Parliamentary Internship Program

UCC Expands Parliamentary Internship Program


Welcomes support of Shevchenko Foundation Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund
July 18, 2018. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce that due to the generous support of our community, the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program will be expanded to offer two internship positions for the upcoming year.
 Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj and Volodymyr Palagniuk have been selected as the UCC Parliamentary Interns for the 2018-19 parliamentary year, following an intensive review of applications from across Canada.


Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj

Volodymyr Palagniuk

This year the Shevchenko Foundation Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund will provide major financial support of $25,000 to the UCC Parliamentary Internship program. Additional program support has been provided by Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd, Paul and Adrianna Grod, Oleh & Bozhena Iwanusiw as well as many other individual donors. For the full list of supporters of the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, please see here.
 “Thanks to the support of the Shevchenko Foundation Ukrainian Veterans Fund and many individual donors, we are able to expand on the success of UCC’s parliamentary internship program,” stated Ihor Michalchyshyn, Chief Executive Officer of the UCC, who oversees the Parliamentary Internship program. “UCC is very pleased to work with talented Ukrainian Canadian youth such as Larysa and Volodymyr to provide them with such a unique educational experience.”
“The Shevchenko Foundation is proud to support the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program,” stated Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C, President of the Shevchenko Foundation Board of Directors. “This program provides valuable experience to young people by giving them opportunities to learn through public service, and to participate in Canada’s federal government.”
 The UCC Parliamentary Internship Program was re-established in 2017, through a founding sponsorship by the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada (UNF). The UNF Paul Yuzyk Institute for Youth Leadership will continue to provide training to UCC parliamentary interns. The Parliamentary Internship selection committee included Krystina Waler (chair), Paul Migus, Borys Gengalo, Alex Ilchenko, and Halyna Paliychuk.
The 2018 UCC Parliamentary Interns will work in the Ottawa Parliament Hill offices of two Members of Parliament, who will be announced shortly. Beginning their work this September, for a duration of ten months, their duties will include legislative support, research, communications and constituency work. They will have the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the federal governmental and legislative process.
Outgoing 2017 UCC Parliamentary Intern Halyna Paliychuk reflected on her experience this year, “Thank you to all of the kind sponsors whose support allowed me to have this wonderful experience. I learned so much in my year as an intern in the Honourable Chrystia Freeland’s office, and I look forward to applying the important skills I’ve learned in my career. Diakuyu!”
2018 UCC Parliamentary Interns
  • Larysa Lubka-Lewyckyj is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Canadian History and Canadian Foreign Relations at Carleton University, where she is also a Teaching Assistant. She completed a BA, Hon. at University of Toronto in history and political science. She has worked at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada – Ontario branch and served as a counsellor in Plast Ukrainian Youth Association.
  • Volodymyr Palagniuk is a graduate of Chernivtsi National University (MA- Political Science) and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Volodymyr has worked in marketing, project management, and media. He has published several academic articles focusing on youth movements and politics in Ukraine and presented at academic conferences. He is currently pursing a PhD. In the Ukrainian community in Toronto, he has volunteered with the Ukrainian National Federation, UCC Toronto Branch, and managed Toronto Vyshyvanka Day. He has also taught at the Lesia Ukrainka community school.
Together with our sponsors, we are still seeking interested individuals and organizations to contribute to the success of the Program, this year and beyond. Please consider donating to the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program by making a tax-deductible contribution by clicking here or at  or by mailing at cheque to UCC C&E Trust (re Internship) to 203-952 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R2W 3P4.

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