Doors Open Richmond  – June 3rd and 4th

We are very proud to be one of the 39 participants in Doors Open Richmond 2023, an event that provides the public with free opportunities to explore Richmond’s unique cultural, civic, and heritage sites. Richmond Museum in partnership with the City of Richmond is pleased to present a free weekend-long celebration that brings together residents and visitors to explore our city’s diverse and unique heritage.

Our doors will be open to the public on Saturday, June 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Visitors will be introduced to Ukrainian history and culture. They will have the opportunity to make a traditional Ukrainian craft and learn how to write their name in the Cyrillic alphabet. Also, visit our library to peruse our vast collection of books and view our cultural displays. We are located at 5311 Francis Road in Richmond.

Ми дуже пишаємося тим, що є одним із 39 учасників Doors Open Richmond 2023. Подія, яка надає громадськості безкоштовні можливості дослідити унікальні культурні та громадські об’єкти Річмонда. Музей Річмонда у партнерстві з міською владою Річмонда з радістю представляє безкоштовне святкування у вихідні дні, яке об’єднає жителів і відвідувачів, щоб дослідити різноманітну та унікальну спадщину нашого міста.

У суботу, 3 червня, з 13:00 до 16:00 наші двері в Товаристві української громади імені Івана Франка будуть відкриті для всіх. Відвідувачів ознайомлять з українською історією та культурою. Вони матимуть можливість виготовити традиційний український виріб та навчитися писати своє ім’я кирилицею. Також відвідайте нашу бібліотеку, щоб переглянути нашу величезну колекцію книг і переглянути наші культурні виставки.


Youth Scholarships – applications due May 26th

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 $1,000.00.
  • Type II – Cultural Scholarship: For the study of Ukrainian culture and/or language in an approved program to a maximum of $500.00.  

We invite worthy candidates to review the application package that can be found on the Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko website at A letter of reference is required from a school representative which 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 26, 2023, for both types of scholarships.  Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tanya Zukewich at 604 241-2300.

Help For CUAET Visa Holders Announcement 

Prescription Costs – On Sep 23, the Ministry of Health announced that Ukrainians arriving in B.C. with a Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) can receive 100% coverage of eligible prescription costs for one year under PharmaCare’s Plan C. News Release

Medical Diagnostic Testing Costs for Displaced Ukrainians – On Oct 3, the Ministry of Health announced that as of October 1, the Ministry of Health will be managing payment for the medical diagnostic test for CUAET visa holders. This means that CUAET holders will not have to pay out of pocket for the test costs. Those who have already paid for the testing can be reimbursed. News Release

Hosting Immigrants From Ukraine

Many displaced Ukrainians are now arriving and are needing temporary accommodation until they find something more permanent.  At this moment, we do not have enough community offers to accommodate all the new arrivals. 

  • You can identify yourself with S.U.C.C.E.S.S who provide settlement services to new immigrants and refugees.  Please contact Peggy Lau, Director of Settlement and Families Services at:  if you are interested in helping Displaced Ukrainian individuals or families needing a temporary place to stay.
  • Another option is to go to the BC Government Welcome Ukraine website.  Scroll down and you will see I want to help people from Ukraine.  There you will see a list of options for how you can help.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the process or we can also help connect you to our contacts who are working on placing new immigrants with host families.

Conversational Ukrainian Language Classes

Are you interested in learning how to speak Ukrainian?  Or, maybe you are a bit rusty and you would like to brush up on your speaking ability.  Our Society is offering conversational Ukrainian classes for adults. If you are interested in joining, please email us at: and indicate if your Ukrainian language proficiency is:

  • No proficiency to speak or understand the language
  • Beginning level of proficiency – some limited understanding of the Ukrainian language and limiited speaking ability
  • Intermediate proficiency –  a reasonable ability to comprehend when others are speaking Ukrainian and speaking ability is workable but rusty 
  • Advanced proficiency –  very good understanding and speaking ability

We are keeping track of interest and will add classes based on demand. If we proceed with more classes, we’ll provide details regarding day/evening of the week, time, and cost. Classes will be located at our Centre in Richmond.

Request For Help From The Richmond Food Bank

The Food Bank is having an influx of Displaced Ukrainians signing up for their services during their Saturday distributions (10:40 am to 2:00 pm) and there is a significant language barrier.

The Food Bank is looking for two translators that are fluent in Ukrainian to assist with newly arrived Ukrainians accessing services.  Please click on the following link if you are interested in volunteering: