UNF Montreal Branch.
Featured at UNF-Montreal’s visitors tent during the 20th annual Montreal Ukrainian Festival was author Dr. Maryna Hrymych, founder and editor in chief of the publishing house “Duliby” which specializes in modern Ukrainian literature and scientific works of ethnological nature. Since 2004, Dr. Maryna Hrymych, who holds a PhD in history, has been member of the Writer’s Union of Ukraine and is a member of the Canadian Union of Ethnology. Her participation during the Festival gave an opportunity for visitors to meet with the author and familiarize themselves with her work. Hrymych’s visit was organized by UNF-Montreal’s Literary Studio committee, chaired by Rostyslav Nyemtsev. President of UNF-Montreal branch is Katrusia Smolynec.
Montreal’s annual Ukrainian Festival was founded in 1999 with approx. 600 attendees and has grown to over 24,000 attendees in 2019 with visitors from all over Quebec and rest of Canada. Held at Parc Beaubien in the Rosemount area of Montreal, the festival, held on September 6-7, showcased the best of Ukrainian culture to its Quebec community. The 20th Montreal Ukrainian Festival was organized by the St. Volodymyr Cultural Association chaired by Gregory Bedik, who is a recipient of the UCC National Leadership Award. The Festival, which receives significant mainstream media coverage, relies on its sponsors and countless dedicated volunteers for its continuous success.
Participating at the Festival was the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Montreal branch with its Information Table shared by UCC National from Ottawa, as well as information tables organized by volunteers representing many Ukrainian organizations, including Ukrainian Social Services, Montreal Ukrainian Saturday Schools, Plast, CYM, LUC, Montreal Ukrainian Credit Union and others.
Congratulations on the occasion of the 20th Festival were sent by Premier of Quebec François Legault; Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko; Prime Minister of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau; Mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante; and UCC-Montreal President Mykhailo Shwec.
Donated to the Montreal Festival for special VIP guests were copies the documentary film “Ukrainians in Quebec 1891-1945”, based on rare archival footage and interviews depicting the history of the first two waves of immigration to Montreal and Quebec. An educational resource (in English and French), it is available at www.yluhovy.com.