UNF of Canada Concludes Its 39th Tri-Annual National Convention

UNF President Renata Roman (centre) with some of the new UNF Board members

Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, Regina, Sask.

The Ukrainian National Federation of Canada and its Affiliate Organizations concluded their 39th Tri-Annual National Convention in the city of Regina on October 14th 2018.
60 Delegates gathered from across the organization’s 13th UNF Branches in Canada to discuss important organizational issues, elect a new Board of Directors & National Executive and to chart a course for the organization’s future.

The weekend began with the conventions’ administrative reports and committee working sessions. The working committees of the convention were tasked with developing the organization’s resolutions, selecting a new board of directors, and working through changes to the organization’s bylaws, operating policies and procedures.

The city’s Ukrainian Community was invited to join the delegates of the Convention at the Banquet on Saturday evening. The Honourable Thomas Molloy, Lt. Governor of the province of Saskatchewan conveyed greetings on behalf of the province and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Consul of Ukraine to Canada Nadiia Kostenko, conveyed greetings to delegates and guests, highlighting her readiness to work on issues of particular relevance to the newly opened Ukrainian Consulate in Edmonton. Terry Zwarych, President of UCC Regina Branch conveyed greetings on behalf of the Regina Branch and the UCC Saskatchewan Provincial Council. Guest Speaker Mr. Ken Kravetz, former Deputy Premier and current Chief of Staff of the Provincial government of Saskatchewan addressed the delegates and guests using his own life story to highlight the Convention’s motto “Believe, Inspire, Lead”. Mr. Kravetz spoke about the deep emotional impact the story of the Holodomor had on him when he visited Ukraine and how this inspired him to work with the local Ukrainian Canadian community and the Provincial government to find a suitable location for a memorial to the Holodomor. Liuba Krupina, an accomplished cellist provided lovely background dinner music and the Lastiwka Ukrainian Orthodox Choir and Orchestra of Saskatoon under the direction of Larry Klopouschak and the children of the UNF Ridna Shkola, conducted by Katerina Nakutny entertained the guests.

The weekend included plenaries, workshops and information sessions designed to assist branches with implementing the organization’s work plan. The weekend concluded with remarks from the newly elected UNF President Renata Roman inviting all to be of service to Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian community and the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada. SERVUS!

The Ukrainian National Federation of Canada is pleased to announce the election of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada’s new Board of Directors: PRESIDENT Renata Roman, Toronto; VICE PRESIDENT East Ewhen Osidacz, Montreal; VICE PRESIDENT West Olena Shyian, Regina; NATIONAL SECRETARY; Chrystyna Cahute, Toronto; NATIONAL TREASURER Fred Petruk, Toronto; DIRECTOR Andre Sochaniwsky, UWVA, Toronto; DIRECTOR Patti Latyshko, UWOC, Toronto; DIRECTOR Stefan Luczkiw, UNYF, West Toronto; DIRECTOR Ihor Bardyn, CUPP, Toronto; DIRECTOR Paul Migus, PYI, Ottawa-Gatineau; DIRECTOR Danylo Bilak, CUPP, Kyiv; DIRECTOR Slawko Borys, PYI, Toronto; DIRECTOR Oksana Levytska, Ridna Shkola, West Toronto; DIRECTOR Olena Andrusiak, Ridna Shkola, Regina; DIRECTOR Nadja Komar, Ridna Shkola, Windsor; DIRECTOR Roman Litwinczuk, Rep to CUF, Toronto; DIRECTOR Yurko Serhijczuk, External Relations UWVA / West Toronto; DIRECTOR Mykola Vorotilenko, Edmonton; DIRECTOR Bev Stepaniuk, Winnipeg; DIRECTOR Nataliya Shulha, Montreal; DIRECTOR Dianna Fedun, Toronto; DIRECTOR Katrusia Smolynec, Montreal; DIRECTOR Anatoliy Shatkovskyy, Ottawa-Gatineau.

AUDIT COMMITTEE: Taras Jackiw, Chair, Hamilton; Yarko Makohon, Secretary, Hamilton; Jurij Klufas West Toronto; Darlene Iwaszko, Oshawa; Andrew Hojsan, Toronto.

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