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:
Many of you will remember former member Emil Baran. He recently suffered a stroke while working for an ngo in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Recently he suffered kidney and liver vulnerability so he is in quarantine in the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. While he has good recall and good speech after the stroke, he needs intense rehabilitation to restore his mobility in his arms and legs. Olena, his wife, has confirmed that cards and letters will help speed his recovery. These can be sent to his sister:
Meanwhile, Emil’s son Michael (a UCPBA member as well) has recently left for a tour of duty in Afghanistan. A Militia (Army Reserve) major in a Field Engineer unit, Michael has taken up a senior position on the NATO regional command staff based at the airfield in Kandahar. He’ll be coordinating engineer activities ranging from contracting out the construction of roads and bridges to the identification and clearance of mines.
At the Christmas Party Michael (L) shares a last drink (with an unidentified ‘veteran’) before heading off to the ‘dry’CanadianArmy base at Kandahar.
In January member Frank Cedar was invited to the Ukrainian Embassy to join over 1,000 other embroiderers from around the world who have helped make the National Unity Rushnyk (runner). The rushnyk is being embroidered on a linen cloth hand-made in the 1950s.
Frank picks up the embroidery needles!
What have you done to help make the trade show a success?
Trade Show Committee, (L to R) Victoria Tytarenko, Vicki Karpiak &
Franck Lalande, our Webmaster, has been working continually to improve our internet presence.
Franck has reduced clutter on many pages, made links easier to access and done much to improve the overall look. Take a few minutes to have a look. Contact the UCPBA(O) through our e-mailbox (at the bottom of the home page) and don’t forget to tell Franck what kind of good job he’s doing (his e-mail address is in the same place!). FranckLalande@hotmail.com
From the home page you’ll find it easy to get to the monthly ‘Ottawa Ukrainian Interest Events Calendar’ produced by Irena Bell. There are also direct links to articles and photos from old newsletters, our scholarships page and other items of interest. Oh, and how can one forget the nine (count them, nine!) articles on the ‘Touring Ukrainian Ottawa’ page?
TALK TO US!
Do you know someone who has reached a significant milestone in their life (birthday, wedding, 1,000th pint of Guiness and the like? Let Your Humble Editor© know! Embarrassing details/ photos are particularly welcome. Anonymity guaranteed.
Thanks to Vicki Karpiak, Irena Bell and Anonymous for items in this section.
MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Nina Romas closes her eyes in a prayer of gratitude after receiving
The text below comes from the President’s speaking notes at the presentation (Christmas) Dinner):
Before we introduce our Member of the Year, I’d like to talk a little about a member of our Board named ‘Somebody Should’. At every board meeting we hear members calling on Mr. (or is it Ms?) ‘Somebody Should’ to do anything from recruiting new members to re-designing our letterhead. Indeed, this is the name most mentioned at Board meetings. Oddly enough, our Member of the Year for 2007-2008 has yet to call on ‘Somebody Should’ to do anything. Instead, this member, whenever she has a good idea, throws herself into the job and pulls the rest of us along in her wake.
Our Member of the Year has been behind many of the Ukrainian Professional & Business Association of Ottawa’s successful events and programs over the years. However, in this year, she outdid herself. Our Member wrote, produced, directed, managed, cast, did props for, catered cast rehearsals and starred in the Taras Bublyk Murder Mystery Dinner. She cajoled, encouraged and brow-beat the cast and production crew through some five months of writing sessions and rehearsals. Without her energy and drive, we would not have had the most successful event we’ve held in many, many years. Please step forward, and accept your Award as Member of the Year, Nina Romas!
Nina’s alter ego, the Chortytsya, shows up to make trouble for our beloved Chortyk
As the speeches, awards and Chortyk drone on, some serious plotting appears to be taking place in the far-corner cheap seats at the dinner. Who will really believe Markian’s claim that it was all about radiological techniques in Ukraine?
At L the Chortyk helps new member (and
Ottawa Ukraina soccer club co-founder) Andrew Popowych
George Dzioba practices the art of scalp massage
on a somewhat dubious Myron Momryk.
L: VP Programming Vika Tytarenko M (standing) Makes sure everyone is having fun at the Christmas Dinner. O Or Else!
Think of this as a great way to prepare for our Wine & Cheese with the Ukrainian Genaology Group.
Marika and Sylvia are caught in deep conversation over golf scores
KONOWAL AWARD WINNER
The text below comes from the President’s speaking notes at the presentation (Christmas) Dinner). As Kateryna Could not make it to the dinner due to work commitments, our President presented the award at the Svitanok Annual Family Concert.
UCPBA would like to acknowledge the contributions that Kateryna Shepertycka has made to the Ukrainian community in Ottawa, to the evolution of Ukrainian dance, to the cultural life of Ottawa and especially to acknowledge the leadership skills she exemplifies.
She founded the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance in 1979 and co-founded Svitanok Ensemble in 1992. Kateryna also served as co-artistic director of Ottawa’s Dnipro Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and before that of Thunder Bay’s Vesnyanka Ensemble.
Kateryna Studied classical, character and Ukrainian dance at various dance schools in Ottawa, at the Saskatchewan School for the Arts and as a full-time student at the Institute of Culture in Kyiv. A performer with the Dnipro and Svitanok Dance Ensembles, for 27 years, Kateryna has shared her original choreography with various Ukrainian dance groups in Canada.
Kateryna is a graduate of the University of Ottawa – with an Honours BA in Music and Honours BA in Communication.
Pres. Bob presents the Konowal Award to Kateryna Shepertytska at theSvitanok annual concert.
She has worked for the past 16 years a Cultural Planner in Arts Development with the City of Ottawa. She led in the development of the Ottawa 20/20 Arts Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2003, and the Arts Investment Strategy, approved by City Council in 2007.
Katryna, along with Svitanok, has performed full length productions in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. They have performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and have taken part in Canada Day concerts that were televised nation-wide. In 1996 they represented Canada at the Puerto Rico International Festival in San Juan. Svitanok was special guest of Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association’s major summer production entitled “Hopak in the Park”. In the summer of1997 they toured Ukraine and in 1998 were guest artists at the PEI World Dance Festival.
As we see from the busy schedule of appearances Svitanok, under the capable leadership of Kateryna Shepertytska has served as ambassador of Ukrainian dance and Ukrainian culture not only in Ottawa and Canada, but also through out the world. Through the Ottawa School of Dance, Kateryna has brought together the whole Ukrainian community and nurtured pride in our Ukrainian cultural heritage. The school is an inclusive cultural organization. Everyone who wishes to contribute and actively participate has found a venue. It has brought together all those who love dance, who love the expressive dynamic nature of interpretive dance, who love to perform. The joy, the pride, the confidence in a job well done is evident in every one of the students, young and young at heart, who perform at the annual Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance concerts.
Katrina has fostered leadership skills in her students by being an
example to them, by providing opportunities for young dancers to
hone their own skills, by teaching, by organizing concerts, by
participating in cultural events both within the Ukrainian community
and beyond in the multicultural and even international sphere.
Kateryna and the dancers of her school have supported each and every
Ukrainian organization and group in Ottawa. They have participated
in and enriched church celebrations, performed at dinners, zabavy,
malanky, anniversaries, sviata, and in cultural festivals. Kateryna,
the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance and Svitanok Dance Ensemble
continue to be in demand as representatives of Ukrainian dance and
culture. Kateryna is not only a founder / director of the Ottawa
School of Ukrainian Dance she is a wife to Yuriy, and a mother to
two daughters – Solomiya and Anhelina. She is a shining example of
what one dedicated person can accomplish when she not only follows
her dreams, but shares them with family, friends, students,
teachers, parents and the Ukrainian community at large.
year’s Scholarship winner,
Sophia Alifirova,has had a book of
her poems published,
The Board of Directors and members of UCPBA(O)
Pass on our sincere condolences to
Thursday, March 6 2008,
Peacefully at the age of 86
The Board of Directors and members of UCPBA(O)
Pass on our sincere condolences to
Saturday, December 29 2007,
After a short illness at the age of 48
CAN YOU GIVE TSYMBALY LESSONS?
Recently we got this request through our website: Daniel Carkner [email@example.com]
I bought a used Tsymbaly earlier this year and haven't been able to find anyone in Ottawa to take lessons from. (I have taught myself to play it somewhat on my own.) Could you suggest anyone in the Ottawa area that would be willing to give lessons on the instrument or at least in Ukrainian traditional music in general. I play piano in a klezmer band that has a partly Ukrainian repertoire and I'm interested in exploring that aspect some.
GUESS WHO & BTO FANS: RANDY BACHMAN IS UKRAINIAN!
No, really, he is! This isn’t just another one of those stories claiming anyone from Abe Lincoln to Queen Elizabeth II as being of Ukrainian descent. Click on the link below, or paste it into your browser, to see Randy Bachman tracing his German and Ukrainian family roots.
OUR ROCK STARLETTE HITS THE STAGE!
Oksana Osadchuk (shaking the tambourine, centre) recently appeared at Lawzfest as part of the Gowling’s houseband: Hung Jury. Lawzfest is an annual event that brings together rock bands from Ottawa law firms in a fundraising concert. This year’s event, held at the Rainbow Club in Lowertown at the end of February, was dedicated to raising funds for the Ottawa Food Bank. With a sold-out house, (lawyers paid $25, real people only $15!) the event was a great success.
OSEREDOK'S ONLINE AUCTION HAS BEGUN!
The Ukrainian Cultural & Educational Centre of Winnipeg has been working on preserving and developing Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian culture since 1944. With an extensive archive, library, art collection and artefacts ranging from Simon Petliura’s topyrets (Hutzul [Ukrainian mountain people] axe-cum-walking stick) to the largest agglomeration of pysanky in Canada, Oseredok (the Ukrainian word for Centre) is a treasure trove of Ukrainian culture and history. They even hold UCPBA(O)’s archives!
Housed in a five-story building that used to be the offices of the New Pathway (Novy Shliakh) newspaper, Oseredok is well-situated at the edge of Winnipeg’s prime tourism and cultural zone and is close to an expanding zone of ‘yup-ified’ condo housing. Their photo-exhibit on the Ukrainian social history of Winnipeg (click on ‘Archive’ on heir site, then click on ‘Prairie Immigration Experience’) has been written up in a previous newsletter.
Now Oseredok is working through E-Bay to do a unique fundraising auction of donated art, embroidery, crafts, music and other items. See the materials on offer, and place your bids, by going to: www.oseredok.org and clicking on "On-Line Auction" at the upper left of the home page.
UKRAINIAN ARMY MARCHES PAST
This modern Army is nothing like the Canadian one Your Humble Editor © joined many decades ago!
Thanks to Myron Momryk for his diligent research leading to the discovery of this photo!
New e-mail address!
To assist in the electronic distribution of the newsletter, we now have a new, permanent e-mail address:
You can use it to communicate with us.
LISTEN TO OTTAWA’S UKRAINIAN RADIO
(In Ukrainian and English)
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