They came to Canada between 1926 and 1929 from Western Ukraine, the second wave of immigrants – among them veterans of the liberation struggle for Ukraine’s independence during 1917-1921. One of their first acts to unite old friends-in-arms and all Ukrainian patriots in Canada was the founding in 1928 of the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada (UWVA).
Keeping in step were nationally-conscious Ukrainian immigrant girls who became actively involved and formed auxiliary groups in UWVA branches across Canada. In March of 1932 an auxiliary group was formed in Toronto, and in 1934 the Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada (UWOC) officially became an affiliate organization within the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada.
Since inception, UWOC has been committed to maintaining Ukrainian culture, heritage, language and traditions. Over the years, the charitable work of UWOC Toronto Branch has continued uninterrupted with generous donations to charities and agencies supporting women, children, the elderly, sick and homeless, both in Canada and in Ukraine.
To mark its 85th Anniversary, Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada Toronto Branch will celebrate with a banquet on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Trident Banquet Hall, UNF Community Centre, 145 Evans Ave., Etobicoke.