Sonia Holiad named executive director of St. Vladimir Institute

Sonia Holiad

St. Vladimir Institute.

The board of directors of St. Vladimir Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Sonia Holiad as executive director of the downtown Toronto Ukrainian-Canadian community centre and student residence.

“As St. Vladimir’s looks to the future and the planned redevelopment of our facility on Spadina Avenue, Sonia brings a remarkable set of skills that will help move us in the right direction,” said Gregory Hamara, president of the organization.

“Her energy, professional qualifications and wide connections in the local Ukrainian community make her the ideal candidate to fill this important position.”

Holiad previously held the position of executive director of the three-day Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival, an annual event that attracts over 700,000 visitors, between 2013 and 2015.

An experienced writer, editor and campaign organizer, Holiad served as director of events and communications with The Advocates Society between 2002 and 2011, and manager of continuing legal education for the Canadian Bar Association-Ontario (now the Ontario Bar Association) between 1996 and 2002.

Her duties at St. Vladimir’s will include managing a staff of seven, membership and volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and fostering relations with the GTA community and with all levels of government. She officially begins her duties with the Institute on September 3.

St. Vladimir Institute was founded in 1963 as a post-secondary student residence and a Ukrainian cultural centre. It serves as a home to several community organizations, and offers an annual program of classes, workshops and lectures open to the public. The building’s rental facilities include a theatre, boardrooms, event space and catering services.