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[Petro Jacyk Portrait]

In order to earn our rightful place among the nations of the world, we must first and foremost conscientiously work on our own self-development. The existence of such states as Singapore and Hong-Kong, exemplifies the fact that the prosperity of a nation in today's world is determined not so much by its natural resources or military strength, but by the professional qualifications of its citizens and the stability of its financial institutions. At the time that I was formulating the principles of my Foundation, I attempted to look toward the future in redefining the traditional Ukrainian viewpoint. Ukrainians have always constituted part of the world's working class, and the world (through taxes) has always profited from their labour. The time has come for Ukrainians to break out of the mould of hired workers and passive consumers of information to become equal partners in the process of global development and active shapers of international public opinion.

We must attain influential positions throughout the world and this is impossible without a proper education. We must also provide the world with objective information about Ukraine's past and present through the establishment of high-level scholarly programs in Ukrainian studies because this information will determine the world's attitude toward us. A generous and intelligent financial investment strategy is necessary for the realization of these objectives.

I am proud of the fact that the Foundation's programs have already visibly influenced Ukrainian and international scholarship and that their significance continues to grow. This implies that we have made some right choices in the past. However, this is only the beginning and much more has to be achieved in the future. And we must not forget that one institution, even the most efficient, can never resolve all problems that need to be resolved in the process of national development. Each of us, to a larger or lesser degree, must contribute to this great task.

Petro Jacyk

5080 Timberlea Blvd., Suite 202, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4W 4M2
tel: (905) 238-0467, fax: (905) 625-8445

since April 27th 1999

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