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Ukrainian students to visit Vancouver in June

The “OUTSTANDING CANADIAN UKRAINIAN” contest was recently organized by the Open World Learning Society (O.W.L), a member of UCC of British Columbia.  This contest was an opportunity for Ukrainian youth to recognize “OUTSTANDING CANADIAN UKRAINIANS” on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the first Ukrainian settlements in Canada and 150th Anniversary of Canada. More than 500 Ukrainian-Canadian legacy multimedia stories were created by Ukrainian youth from different parts of Ukraine and are available on the O.W.L. society website.  This contest brought to light incredible stories of the outstanding members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada that has inspired many.

12 contest finalists have been awarded a trip to Canada with a stop in Vancouver this summer to learn English, gain volunteer experience  and leadership skills, to become familiar with the multicultural Canadian society and Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Among them are children of the Heavenly Hundred, fallen ATO heroes, refugees, and orphans. Their short profiles in English are available on the O.W.L. website.

Your financial support is requested for the “OUTSTANDING CANADIAN UKRAINIANS” high school and university contest winners who will be visiting Vancouver from Lviv this June. To assist with the expenses of this project, donations can be made to cover airfare from Kyiv to Vancouver, public transit in Vancouver, medical insurance, visa consular fee, and meal allowances for contest finalists. More details to follow regarding how donations can be made.


Seeking a volunteer to help in our library

Do you have some time between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm a few Saturdays a month to help out in our library?

We are still hoping that someone with a command of Ukrainian and English languages, a working knowledge of computer programs and a willingness to volunteer a few hours a week will come forward to help in maintaining and building our library. Although there is much work, I can assure you that there is also much joy. Help in the form of stacking books and organizing archival material is always welcome and doesn’t require a working knowledge o Ukrainian Language.

For information please contact Theresa through The Ukrainian Centre at 604-274-4119 or at

Another Successful Malanka!

Once again, we were entertained by the Ukrainian Prairie Band playing a selection of Ukrainian music before dinner and back by popular demand, the S-Bahn played a variety of music that we danced to until the wee hours of the night.  Malanka 2017_6
All those present, thoroughly enjoyed a lively 20 minute program performed by Tropak Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and by Dovbush Ukrainian Dancers of Vancouver).
Many thanks to the organizing committee of Fran Zukewich, George Brandak, Karen Wideski and Theresa Herchak AND to the many individuals who helped make this event a success
We look forward to seeing you next year on Saturday, January 13 for Malanka 2018.  
The Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko wishes everyone a very Happy New Year!!

Golf Tournament 2016

Annual Golf Tournament a Success!

On Sunday, September 11th, we once again had a successful Ivan Franko Golf Tournament at Country Meadows Golf Course.   Many thanks to George Brandak for organizing the event and thank you to all the door prize contributors.

Golf tournament winners: Ken Trafananko, Judi Trafananko, Fae Manchuk and Harvey Manchuk
Golf tournament winners:
(From left to right): Ken Trafananko, Judi Trafananko,Fae Manchuk and Harvey Manchuk
Second place team: Sid Axelrod, Theresa Herchak, Bill Hummeny, and Barb Kaminsky
Second place team:
(From left to right): Sid Axelrod, Theresa Herchak, Bill Hummeny, and Barb Kaminsky