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Annual Golf Tournament takes place September 17

golf ballFor more than 25 years our Society has been hosting an Annual Ukrainian Community Golf Tournament for it’s members and friends.  The tournament is for all golfers, young and somewhat old, regardless of ability.  The emphasis is on everyone having a good time.

The tournament is a Texas Scramble format, enabling all players of varying skills to play and enjoy the game.

Refreshments and a snack will be served after the ninth hole.  There will be a dinner at the Ivan Franko Centre after we finish golfing where prizes will be distributed.  We do appreciate donations so that we can continue to offer prizes to all players.

Where:   Country Meadows Executive Golf Course, Richmond

When:     Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cost:         Members –  $55.00, Non-members – $65.00

For more information on this great event, contact George Brandak at 604 274-2025 or at

A wonderful visit with Ukrainian students in June

For more details about the Ukrainian student visit this past June, please see our Summer Newsletter 2017.

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 were awarded a trip to Canada with a stop in Vancouver in June 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.



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