Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Program celebrates 30 years of operation in Canada’s Parliament (Part 1)

    Ihor Bardyn, Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Program.

    On July 16, 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR adopted the Declaration of Sovereignty, which declared that Parliament recognized the need to build the Ukrainian state based on the Rule of Law.

    On August 24, 1991, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Declaration of Independence, which the citizens of Ukraine endorsed in the referendum of December 1, 1991. Also in 1991 Canadians celebrated the Centennial of Ukrainian group immigration to Canada. To mark the Centennial, Canadian organizations planned programs and projects to celebrate this milestone in Canada’s history.

    The Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation of Toronto marked the Centennial by establishing the CANADA-UKRAINE PARLIAMENTARY PROGRAM (CUPP), an internship program for Ukrainian and Canadian university students.

    CUPP gives Ukrainian and Canadian students an opportunity to observe parliamentary democracy and gain experience from which generations of Canadian, American and West European students have benefited.

    Since 1991, over 1,000 Ukrainian and Canadian students have participated in the CUPP Internship Program, and the CUPP Model Ukraine Conferences held at Wycliffe College of the University of Toronto, George Washington University in Washington D.C., USA, University of Ottawa, Oxford University in the U.K., Kyiv-Mohyla University in Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Trinity College of the University of Toronto and the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa.

    The biographical sketches published in the NP-UN will introduce the 34 university students who will serve an internship in the offices of 34 Members of Parliament during the Fall Sitting of the Canadian Parliament in 2020.

    Please support the CUPP Internship Program by sending a donation to CUPP (cheque payable to Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation), 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON M5S 2H4 or call 416-234-9111 Ext. 241. Your donation is tax deductible.


    Vladyslava Aleksenko

    Vladyslava Aleksenko is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
    She earned MA degree with honours in International Economic Relations at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.
    Vladyslava has developed strong analytical, communication and leadership skills as well as learned best industry practices throughout a career in both Ukrainian and International leading companies. As a Member of the European Youth Parliament Ukraine, she realised the significance of communication in global economies and the importance of a commitment to issues of human rights and democracy. This last point became an essential value she would like to promote. Vladyslava has been involved and coordinated Ukrainian delegations at the EYP International sessions. She is experienced in organising educational projects in collaboration with international organizations (German Federal Foreign Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa, European Commission).
    At leisure, Vladyslava likes learning foreign languages, reading poetry books and attending classes of visual arts.
    Her favourite landscape is Lake Synevyr in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. Favourite composition is the Piano Sonata No. 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven.


    Diana Babii

    Diana Babii is a candidate for CUPP 2020 internship program.
    She is in her last year of earning BA degree of a technical translator at Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. Diana is an Alumna of FLEX exchange program and studied for a year in CHS, Arizona. She undertook an internship at the City Council of Ivano-Frankivsk in the department of international relations. During her internship she organized first translators forum in Ivano-Frankivsk with 200 participants and worldwide speakers. Besides, she is a City Representative of Alumni Community of the region, therefore organizes various events dedicated to learning English and establishing higher level of tolerance among young adults.
    Diana’s favorite book of all time is Little Prince, because it teaches to stay true to inner kindness; her favorite composition is “Morning from Peer Grynt” by Greig. Her favourite painter is Ukrainian Ilya Repin.


    Artem Barabash

    Artem Barabash is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
    He earned BA and MA degrees in law at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) in 2017 and 2019 respectively. During his BA studies, Artem received a scholarship to study for one academic year at the Faculty of Law and Administration of Jagiellonian University.
    Currently, he pursues his legal career as a banking & finance lawyer in the Kyiv office of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, which is a top-tier law firm in Ukraine. His experience includes advising international financial institutions and international commercial banks on cross-border finance, banking and investment projects.
    Artem gained broad experience in law. He completed a one-year internship at the legal clinic of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. In 2015, Artem was a volunteer at the NGO “Legal Hundred” advising Ukrainian military personnel on the law of social protection. In 2019, he acted as a national coordinator of the research team contributing the chapter on Ukraine to Europe-wide legal research of the European Law Students Association.
    Artem likes learning languages and reading books about history and politics.
    His favourite author is Theodor Mommsen. Favourite composition is Night Mist by Adrian von Ziegler.

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