March 20th Friday Night Supper Cancelled

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, we are cancelling our upcoming Friday Night Supper scheduled for March 20th.   We feel it is best to be cautious and safe a this time.  We will keep you posted on this website for when we will resume our Friday Night Suppers.  Thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming Pysanky Workshops – Changed to Videoconference

The Pysanky Workshops have been cancelled due to Covid-19 precautions but will still be offered via videoconference through Facebook.  Please see the update below from Joan Brander. Anyone interested in joining can email Joan at

I regret to let you know that the pysanky workshops at the Ukrainian Centre are being postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic outbreak. We’re all very disappointed.

But there’s a silver lining in all of this if you’re hunkering down with your children and grandchildren at home. I’m offering to give a free pysanky videoconference in lieu of the workshop. Facebook is one platform I could use. There are others as well.

The agenda would be presented live in four sessions while you’re self isolating or social distancing, with the opportunity for interaction and Q&A throughout. If you’re interested in participating, or have any suggestions or questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,
Joan Brander

2020 Annual General Meeting – Saturday, April 18th

Please plan to join us for our Society’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 18th at 2:00pm at the Ivan Franko Community Centre (5311 Francis Road. Richmond.) Members will be informed of events that occurred during the year and vote for the new Board of Directors and issues that are presented at the meeting.



Youth Scholarship Applications due May 15

The Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko is pleased to offer two types of scholarships for students between the ages of 13 and 18:

Type I – Post Secondary Scholarship. For post secondary study at an approved college or university in the amount of $1,000.00.

Type II – Cultural Scholarship. For the study of Ukrainian culture and/or language in an approved program to the maximum of $500.00. 

Malanka 2020 – Ukrainian New Year’s Eve

Another successful event!  We once again enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating the new year beginning with entertainment by the Ukrainian Prairie Band and then followed by a delicious traditional Ukrainian buffet dinner.  After dinner we were entertained by two local dance ensembles.  Dovbush Ukrainian Dancers and Kvitka Ukrainian School of Dance performed a series of dances that were superb and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  This was followed by S-Bahn, a very popular and entertaining local band.  We danced the night away to a fabulous variety of music before welcoming in the new year at midnight.

A special thank you to Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel, a local wealth management firm.  We are very grateful for their generous donation and sponsorship of Malanka 2020.  With Dixon Mitchell’s financial support, we were able to provide our guests with a fabulous evening of entertainment.  We are pleased to pass on Dixon Mitchell’s contact information:

Friday Night Suppers

 We welcome the community to our monthly Ukrainian dinners featuring perogies, cabbage rolls, Ukrainian sausage, borsch and our chef’s special.  Mark your calendars for the following upcoming suppers:

March 20 (CANCELLED) * April 17 * May 15 * June 19

Dinner is served from  5:00 pm until 7:30 pm.

We Now Offer Take Out!

We recently started a Take Out Service at Ivan Franko. We have the following prepared items for your enjoyment:

  • Perogies
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Roasted Sauerkraut and Sausage
  • Pickled Beets

If you are interested in placing an order, you can contact us in one of two ways:

1. Leave a message at 604 274-4119 with your order and when you need the order. Someone will call back to confirm your order.

2. Email us at with your order, phone number and when you need the order. Someone will email or call back back to confirm your order.