Trauma Workshop well-attended with positive feedback

This past weekend on July 16-17th we hosted a two-day Trauma Workshop presented by therapist, Crystal Arber, and her team.   Our Society was very pleased to welcome 17 women with children who recently fled Ukraine.  We provided them a space to meet and snacks and lunches over the two days.  We also presented all participants with a beautiful handmade quilt donated by the Boundary Bay Quilters Guild.  Feedback from the participants was very positive and they were beyond grateful to us for hosting them as they worked on processing their recent traumatic experiences.

Oban Festival A Success!

This past weekend on July 16th, our Society participated in the Steveston Buddhist Temple Oban Festival.  We were able to set up a Ukrainian-themed display table that was beautifully arranged by Fran Zukewich and some of our volunteers.  In addition, a craft table for children was organized by Tasha Zukewich.  We were honoured to be a part of the festivities and a community partner with the Steveston Buddhist Temple.

Raffle Fundraiser A Success

A big thank you to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser raffle.  We raised $1800 which will be very helpful towards assisting Displaced Ukrainians in our community.  We are very grateful to the following businesses that donated gift cards, coffee, and flower planters: Save-On-Foods, Freshco, Safeway, White Spot, Newmans Fine Foods, Seafair Gourmet Meats, St. Germain Bakery, Paradise Mountain Organic Coffee, Prickly Pear Garden Center, Chans Nursery, Polonia Andouille Sausage, Home Depot, Penguin Meat 4, and Bespoke Bags Steveston.

Ukrainian Migration Resources

The Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. have organized support for those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Government of Canada’s response includes special programs to help Ukrainian nationals and their family members find safety in Canada. For curated information and resources to support organizations and individuals who wish to help Ukrainian citizens arriving to B.C. and helpful information for Displaced Ukrainians, check out AMSSA – Strengthening Diversity in B.C.  ‘Ukrainian Migration Resources’ webpage. 

NewToBC Website To Support Newcomers Settling In BC

The NewToBC website provides ready access to information on programs, resources, and services meant to support newcomers as they settle in British Columbia. Visitors can translate the content of the NewToBC website into a number of different languages (including Ukrainian) using the Google Translate feature. Key website features include: (click “more” to continue)


Our Fundraiser Dinner In Support Of Ukraine was a huge success!

The Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko would like to extend A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to support our April 8th fundraiser. The community came out in full support and we are beyond grateful. Our wonderful kitchen staff and volunteers prepared well over 500 dinners. Our apologies to those that were turned away once we ran out of food.  

Due to the amazing support of our community, we are donating $14,000 to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Canada Ukraine Foundation Humanitarian Appeal.   We are incredibly proud to be making this donation in Support Of Ukraine on behalf of our Society.