Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program celebrates 30 years of operation in Canada’s Parliament Part 10

    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.


    Riana Teifukova

    Riana Teifukova is one of 36 Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program Candidates for CUPP’s 30th Anniversary program, in 2020.
    Riana Teifukova is a PhD student in International Relations with particular interests in international security, geopolitics, and strategic studies at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. Before enrolling at Gazi University, she earned degrees in international economics at CEI of Kyiv National Economic University and studied the International Business Program at Warsaw University. Riana served internships at the Department of External Relations of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, UNDP and Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey. Most recently, Riana worked in the Presidency for Turks and related communities as a consultant.


    Roman Tymotsko

    Roman Tymotsko is one of 36 Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program Candidates for CUPP’s 30th Anniversary program, in 2020.
    He is a Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the United Nations. Roman earned a degree in digital political journalism at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Now he studies management of nonprofit organizations at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Since 2008, a member of Ukrainian National Scout Organization Plast — the largest and oldest youth organization in Ukraine. For the last three years, Roman is working as National Communications Manager at Plast Central Office. He is a part of the TEDxKyiv team and often consults NGOs and small businesses on digital marketing and communications. His favorite author is Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, favourite composition is The Wombats’ Turn, favourite famous Ukrainian is Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, economist and thinker.


    Yuliia Vavryshchuk

    Yuliia Vavryshchuk is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
    She has earned BA and MA degrees in law at the National University, Odesa Law Academy (Odesa, Ukraine) in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
    During her studies, Yuliia was involved in various moot court competitions and as a result, in 2017 her team advanced to the International Rounds of Price Media Law Moot Court Programme held in Oxford, England. For her academic performance, she received an Academic Scholarship of the President of Ukraine in 2017.
    Throughout her university years, Yuliia was always active and worked at the international non-governmental organization supporting community development projects across five southern oblasts of Ukraine. Currently, she is pursuing a career in law.
    Yuliia enjoys swimming and Ukrainian embroidery.
    Her favourite composition is Schubert’s Serenade, favourite famous Ukrainian author and film director is Oleksandr Dovzhenko.


    Vsevolod Vereshchahin

    Vsevolod Vereshchahin is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
    He earned a BA degree in International Relations at the Matej Bel University (Slovakia) in 2018 and currently pursues an MA degree in Security Studies. During his studies, Vsevolod received Erasmus+ scholarship to study for one semester at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
    Currently, he is working on the EU project “Building Europe in Ukraine”, which aims to accelerate the European integration of Ukraine and expand the EU’s presence in the regions. His experience there includes producing regional analyses, event management, holding massive meetings as the main speaker and negotiating.
    Previously, Vsevolod completed an internship at the Institute for Politics and Society (Czech Republic), where he enforced his competencies in the field of international relations. In 2018, as a volunteer of Moovit startup he mapped local public transport infrastructure and launched this app in two cities in Slovakia. Since 2019, Vsevolod is also an active member of the “Ukrainian Students for Freedom” NGO, which aims to achieve full-fledged political and economic freedom in Ukraine.
    Vsevolod likes playing ping-pong, traveling and reading books on policies.
    His favourite author is Zbigniew Brzezinski, favourite composition is Danse Macabre, op. 40 by Saint-Saëns.

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