TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT JOINING:
Let them know about the benefits of membership, the fun of being a member and the potential for community service.
Historical Walking Tours
Crafts Workshops &
Yearly SCHOLARSHIPS: designed to assist undergraduates
IVAN FRANKO LECTURE:
Done in cooperation with the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa, this annual lecture brings the best of academic research on Ukraine and Ukrainians in Canada to Ottawa.
THE RAMON HNATYSHYN MEMORIAL LECTURE:
Also run with the Chair, this occasional series takes advantage of high-calibre academics, politicians and others passing through Ottawa.
DAVID BURLIUK EXHIBIT.
He was the founder of the Futurist Movement in art and literature in Eastern Europe before the First World War, We have been working the Winnipeg Art Gallery to do the show
SO WHO ARE WE, REALLY? We’re a service group, bringing together business persons & professionals with disparate political, religious and generational origins and viewpoints in the service of Ottawa’s Ukrainian-Canadian community. We work hard, but also like to enjoy ourselves. If you want to be part of the most dynamic group in the Ukrainian community of Ottawa, fill in the membership form and mail it in, along with your first year’s dues.
Find the membership form on:
The President, Board and members
and family on the passing of her father
Historian, educator, author, librarian, and archivist died peacefully on February 14, 2007 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Born in Cherniiv, Ukraine on October 19, 1913. Graduate of Louvain University, 1935); Lviv Theological Academy, 1941); University of Vienna, 1955 ;McGill University, 1956. A long time resident of Regina, he ended his career as librarian and archivist at the University of Regina (1969-80). Prolific researcher and author of scholarly works, Bohdan Kazymyra was a member of numerous professional and community organizations. A principled man of great faith and integrity, he was a gentleman, respected for his diligence, his community work and perseverance.
The family requests that those who wish to make a donation in Bohdan Kazymyra's name, may do so to the "Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund" (Scholarships for Orphans), 75 Leopolds Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 7E2 or to a charity of their choice.
The President, Board and members
FORUM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN UKRAINE
Working through a series of grants, the Canadian Children of Chornobyl Fund (CCCF) brought to Canada three volunteers to explain how the human trafficking trade is being fought in Ukraine. UCPBA(O) took the initiative to bring the group to Ottawa. Supported by a number of other Ottawa Ukrainian Canadian organizations, we were able to bring out an audience of almost 200.
Fr Andrew Onuferko of the Sheptytsky Institute welcomed the close to two hundred listeners and turned the event over to mc Borys Gengalo. Presentations began with Ambassador of Ukraine Ihor Ostash giving an overview of Ukrainian government actions. Canadian coordinator of the ‘Building Bridges and Strengthening Ties’ project, Halyna Zalucky, gave an overview of the issue, went on to explain the anti-trafficking initiative of the CCCF and introduced the speakers.
Natalka Chaplynska, of the Women’s Consortium of Ukraine, spoke on the role of female members of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) in getting legislation passed protecting the potential and real victims of sexual, debt and labour slavery. She also described in detail the production of anti-trafficking films and other materials to be used in schools to help proof students against recruiters.
Dmytro Samarsky described how Pryjateli Ditej (Friends of Children) works with those most vulnerable to the inducements of traffickers: orphan children. He described how educational programs, peer support, summer camps and support to the transition to the outside world helps the residents of orphanages. Of particular interest to many questioners was the university scholarship program. Funded by donors in Ukraine, the US and Canada, it provides a university education for $1,000.US a student a year.
Alla Galych, the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Anti-Trafficking in Persons Officer in Ukraine, explained the role of a wide array of international ngos in helping to prevent trafficking and to resettle and reintegrate its victims.
The event could not have been the success it was without the cooperation and help of our partner organizations: the Embassy of Ukraine, the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Buduchnist Credit Union, St Vladimir Council of the Knights of Columbus, Ottawa Ukraina Royals Soccer Club, Ottawa chapter of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund and the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.
All photos: Orest Reshitnyk
Andrew Nykolaev, VP Programming, has recently advanced his career and become a broker with TD Waterhouse. Those approaching him for free financial advice should at least have the decency to buy him a drink first!
AT THE PUB NIGHT
Just like a Junior High dance: the girls (above) sit in one corner while the guys (below hide in another! While couples like Ilonka and Bob (bottom) have trouble deciding which side to choose!
In the middle of January all members in good standing received a tax receipt for a charitable donation from the Taras Shevchenko Foundation. This occurred as a result of our depositing the Scholarship Fund with them. Part of your dues go to the fund, resulting in the receipt. As well, because of the size of their endowment, the Foundation can get a much better return on their investments. This results in an accelerated growth of deposited funds such as ours.
Our Board members are continually being asked about when the membership year begins. Our membership year is the same as our fiscal year: June to May. By the way, anyone joining between now and June will get a bargain on their membership- it will be valid until June 2008! So take the opportunity to sign up your friends and get them a great deal!
BRONZE AGE UKRAINIAN PYRAMID
On September 7, 2006, an announcement about a startling discovery near Luhansk was made by archaeologist Viktor Klochko of Gdansk University.
It proved to be the remains of a series pyramid like structures that formed a complex of temples and sacrificial altars topping a hill with sides sculpted into steps. After the initial excavations, it was determined that the complex dated to the early bronze age Yamma Culture, which flourished sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC. It may be the oldest and most extensive site of its type in Eastern Europe.
According to the National Academy of Science of Ukraine the site resembled Aztec and Mayan ziggurats and may even pre-date the Egyptian pyramids by at least 300 years. The actual complex has a base area of three-quarters of a square mile, is estimated to be 60 metres (192ft) high, and was probably used for about 2,000 years. The principal structures consist of four large tone mounds or barrows.
At the site there were found the remains of sacrificial victims, ashes and ceramics. This has lead to speculation that the religious activities were related to sun god cult, in which human sacrifice was the ultimate religious activity. Therefore rather than being akin to the Egyptian pyramids, the Luhansk Complex was similar in function and approximate age to the Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland.
This discovery may ulitimately alter the perception that advanced civilizations did not develop in Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe until much later periods.
OTTAWA UKRAINA ROYALS WEBSITE
Your Ottawa Ukraina men's soccer team is already preparing for their
2nd summer season and are always seeking new players. We urge all
potential players to contact us and become a part of this great
team. No experience necessary, just a desire to work hard,
willing to learn and have the Ukrainian passion running through your
veins! Are you uncertain what to expect? If so, then come out
and watch a game or two and see for yourself! All are welcome so
contact us ASAP! Players, fans, supporters, everyone come
visit our website at
or contact Marc Lapointe-Denysewych at email@example.com.
Help spread the word so Ottawa's all-Ukrainian Men's Soccer Team can continue to grow!
OFFICIAL HRYVNIA SYMBOL
The Ukrainian National Bank announced last week the establishment of a new symbol for the national currency, the hryvnia. The symbol will now be used throughout Ukraine and is being incorporated into a number of Ukrainian software packages. The hryvnia is one of the most stable currencies in the region, and has stood at a rate of around five to the dollar for the past two years.
For additional information on Ukrainian currency, see:
PLANNING FOR 2007-2008
Yes, your Board is getting ready to plan for the next fiscal year. Covering the period July 2007-June 2008, the plan will reflect what has succeeded in the past, new ideas and, most important, what you the membership wants to see. The plan will be presented, discussed and approved at the AGM in June. So contact any Board member (see pg 2 for contact info) with your ideas soon!
To stimulate your thinking, here’s a list of some of the things we are already doing, plan on doing, or have done in the past:
Historical Walking Tour
Remembrance Day Wreath Laying
Auction (at Christmas Dinner)
And remember to lobby the Board for a one-day bus tour of the wineries of Prince Edward County!!
TO JOIN THE UCPBA(O) BOARD
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Learn from experienced and expert activists how to:
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Have a good time with a great group of folks
To find out how
you can get involved,
LISTEN TO OTTAWA’S UKRAINIAN RADIO
(In Ukrainian and English)
Fridays 10:00 –11:00 p.m.
Saturdays 8:00 –9:00 a.m.
the Ottawa Ukrainian radio program on CHIN CJLL 97.9 FM
can also be heard live via the Internet at
Producer and Host: Irena Bell