Vyshyvanka Day – May 18 at noon – The Vancouver Art Gallery

Wear your embroided shirt with pride and honour at the International Vyshyvanka Day (Embroidered Shirt Day) celebration on Saturday, May 18th at noon at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Vyshyvanka Day celebrated every third Thursday of May, falling on May 16th this year (however, the celebration event takes place on May 18th).

The embroidered shirt holds deep significance as it symbolizes Ukrainian heritage, dignity, and represents the resilience of the Ukrainian people in the face of adversity.

On Vyshyvanka Day, Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine around the world wear a Ukrainian embroidered shirt to show their support for the Ukrainian people and as a symbol of unity and solidarity.

Wear your embroidered shirt with pride and honour on May 16th to let your Canadian colleagues, neighbours, and friends know that Vyshyvanka unites Ukrainians wherever we live and whatever the challenges we face.

Weekly Saturday Food Sales

Our Saturday Sales regularly offer perogies (varenyky), cabbage rolls (holubtsi), borscht and Ukrainian sausage. Saturday Sales are open every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 5311 Francis Road in Richmond.

Products available are:

  • Perogies (varenyky):
    • Potato & Cheddar Cheese – $7/dozen
    • Sauerkraut – $9/dozen
    • Cottage cheese, potato with dill – $9/dozen
  • Cabbage Rolls (holubtsi)
    • Rice and Bacon – $10.00 per dozen
    • Ground Beef and Rice – $20.00 per dozen, $10.00 per half dozen
    • Vegetarian – $10.00 per dozen
  • Ukrainian Sausage (delicious on the barbecue) – $11/ring
  • Borscht – $6 per 500ml
  • Beet Relish (horseradish & beets)- $6
  • Honey cake (Medivnyk) – $15

NEW ITEM! – We are now selling honey cake (medivnyk) every Saturday.

** Please bring your own carry bag for your order. **

Our Next Friday Night Supper is May 17th

Please join us for our May Friday Night Supper from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm for dine-in or take-out service. Enjoy a delicious traditional Ukrainian meal of varenyky (perogies), holubsti (cabbage rolls), kolbassa, borscht and our monthly chef special. This month it is Beef Meatballs with Gravy.

Movie: Those Who Stayed

A Ukrainian 6-episode mini-series based on true stories about people in Kyiv at the very beginning of the full-scale invasion in February 2022. To view the trailer of Those Who Stayed, click HERE. To access the movie, click on the following link: https://gem.cbc.ca/those-who-stayed or it can be seen on Netflix.

2024 Youth Scholarships – applications due May 24th

The Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko is pleased to offer two types of scholarships for students between the ages of 16 and 20.

  • Type I – Post-Secondary Scholarship: For post-secondary study at an approved college or university in the amount of $750.
  • Type II – Cultural Scholarship: For the study of Ukrainian culture and/or language in an approved program to a maximum of $500.  

We invite worthy candidates to review the application package at ivanfranko.ca/about-us/youth-scholarships/. A letter of reference is required from a school representative who could be a teacher, counsellor, or administrator.  The application form for Type I or Type II must also be completed by the candidate. 
The deadline for the application is Friday, May 24th, 2024, for both types of scholarships.  For questions and more information, please email us at info@ivanfranko.ca.

Online Beginner Ukrainian Language Classes for Teens (13 to 17 year olds)

We are very pleased to offer a weekly online Zoom conversational Ukrainian class for teens.

  • When: On a weekday evening (the night of the week will be determined by the instructor and students enrolled); each class will be one hour.
  • Cost: Approximately $12 to $15 per class per student.
  • Instructor: Alla Dudka has extensive experience and expertise.

For more information, email us at info@ivanfranko.ca. Please indicate in your email that you are inquiring about the teen class.

Adult Ukrainian Language Classes

Option 1: Beginner Ukrainian classes for adults via Zoom.  This class is for those with very limited or no understanding of the Ukrainian language.  The class will be an hour per week.  The evening of the week (day and time) to be determined based on instructor and student schedules.  

Option 2: This class will now be at an Advanced Beginner level. A great level for those who have some understanding of Ukrainian but are feeling rusty with their speaking skills. This class meets on Thursday evenings via Zoom from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

There is a fee for both classes. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity to learn conversational Ukrainian, email us at info@ivanfranko.ca. Please indicate the option you are interested in.