Bishop Roborecki Branch UCBC – Citizenship – Then (1933-1980)

3. Canadian Citizenship: Strengthen the spiritual dimensions and moral values of Canadian life.

While their ancestral roots were Ukrainian, the Brother members of Bishop Roborecki Branch UCBC understood and appreciated the fact that Canada and Saskatchewan were their homes. This was important to them and throughout the early period of the organization’s existence, this was never forgotten. Good citizenship was talked about, promoted, and cultivated.

The organization’s leadership stressed important civic anniversaries and milestones. Prominent among these were the 60th Anniversary of the City of Saskatoon (1966), the 60th Anniversary of the Province of Saskatchewan (1965), and Canada’s Centennial (1967). These events were highlighted and promoted, and membership attendance at these events was deemed to be almost obligatory, a duty as a citizen.

Bishop Roborecki Branch UCBC capitalized on opportunities to network and cooperate with various levels of government, particularly the Saskatchewan provincial government. Prominent politicians that met with and/or dealt with the Branch included Paul Mostowy, Roy Romanow, Alan Blakeney, and Ron Fisher. These political leaders were interested in the Brotherhood’s work and afforded the Brotherhood’s leadership opportunities for meetings and discussions. The St. Volodymyr Park (Pike Lake Park) was often the focus of these encounters and were of interest to the politicians. Financial support was of special importance to the Brotherhood.

St. Volodymyr Park at Pike Lake was the major project of Bishop Roborecki Branch UCBC throughout most of its existence. A lot of credit needs to be given to the Brotherhood leadership and membership for the foresight and hard work that was invested in making the Park a reality. Countless hours of voluntary time and labor (especially the May long weekend for many years) were devoted to developing the Park. While the Brotherhood sought financial assistance from the different levels of government, they got to work to make things happen.

The Brotherhood also partnered with the Knights of Columbus, the Ukrainian Catholic parishes in Saskatoon, the Eparchy of Saskatoon, and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Additionally, the Brotherhood supported youth activities (sports, spiritual, cultural), other endeavors such as FolkFest and Vesna Festival, dance groups, and in providing human and financial assistance to St. George’s Cathedral parish.

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