UCC Launches Canada 150 Project Celebrating Canada’s Diversity

Canada 150
Paul Grod, UCC President, with Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage responsible for Multiculturalism, and Alexandra Chyczij, UCC First Vice President

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ottawa.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce the launch of its project, Celebrating the Strength of Canada’s Diversity: Youth Engaging Youth. The project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada’s Department of Heritage Canada 150 Fund.

With the Celebrating the Strength of Canada’s Diversity: Youth Engaging Youth Project, the UCC will work with its member organizations across the country to organize youth-led and driven Canada 150 celebratory events in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Ukrainian Canadian youth will organize ten events in each province (ranging from sport to celebratory to cultural activities) working in partnership with youth from other ethnocultural, linguistic, and Indigenous communities.

The end goal is to focus on youth working together in the spirit of diversity and inclusion to share experiences and create actively engaging celebratory events for Canadians for Canada’s 150th anniversary. The project will result in 50 events, engaging 1250 – 2500 youth in actively designing and administering the events, and attracting up to 50,000 Canadians.

“As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage responsible for Multiculturalism, I’m very pleased to congratulate the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on the launch of its Canada 150 program, Youth Engaging Youth. Youth, along with the environment, diversity and reconciliation with Indigenous persons, is one the key themes of our sesquicentennial year,” stated Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism). “By engaging youth across Canada we can celebrate our diversity, share our culture, engage our volunteers, and promote our shared heritage. This fantastic initiative is part of the Canada 150 celebrations being funded by the Government of Canada.”

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our great country, the UCC is proud to be working with our community’s youth and the youth of many other communities, in marking this important milestone in our shared history,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “This project is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Canada’s diversity; to increase youth engagement across the country; to remember where we came from and look forward to the future. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting this important initiative.”