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) for university students from Ukraine in the House of Commons.
CUPP gives Ukrainian students an opportunity to observe parliamentary democracy and government and gain experience from which generations of Canadian, American and West European students have benefited.
Since 1991, over 1,000 university students have participated in the CUPP internship program, the Model Ukraine Conferences in Ottawa, Washington, Oxford U.K. and Ukraine, and Reunion Meetings with parliamentary governance programs.
In 2018, the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada became a sponsor of the CUPP program.
The following biographical sketches will introduce the 14 university students who will serve an internship in the offices of 14 Members of Parliament, during the Spring Sitting of Parliament in 2019.
Pavlo Bryliak is a recipient of Dr. Taras Fecycz Scholarship and will serve his 2019 Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program internship in the office of Mark Warawa, MP for Langley-Aldergrove, British Columbia. He is a student of Ukrainian Catholic University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in System analysis. Pavlo was born in Lviv and is active in the Student Parliament of Ukrainian Catholic University. He is a member of Investment Lab of Lviv Business School and is keen on running.
Victoria Chumenko is the recipient of the John and Mary Yaremko Scholarship and will serve her internship in the office of Borys J Wrzesnewskyj, MP for Etobicoke Centre, Ontario. She obtained her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations at Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University and completed a Master’s course on Peace Research at the University of Oslo. She was born in Donetsk and currently is involved into activities of the ICITAP’s projects and was a volunteer in a number of sport events.
Victoria is a CUPP 2019 Coordinator and enjoys running.
Khrystyna Myhasiuk is the recipient of the Senator Paul Yuzyk Scholarship and will serve her 2019 Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program internship in the office of Arif Virani, MP for Parkdale — High Park, Ontario. She is a student at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv pursuing a BA in International Relations. Khrystyna was an Erasmus scholarship recipient at the University of Turku, Finland. Born in Sokal she is active in the European Youth Parliament Ukraine and in a number of projects on civil and political education. Currently Khrystyna works in the Lviv Business School of Ukrainian Catholic University.
Bogdan Puchkov is the recipient of the Michael Starchevsky (Starr) Scholarship and will serve his internship in the office of James Bezan, MP from Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman Manitoba. He recently earned an MA degree in Eastern European and Russian Studies from Vilnius University, having previously graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BA in Economics and International Business. He was born in Zaporizhzhya and is a volunteer at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. Bogdan is also an avid reader and tennis player.