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9 March 2021 • 9 березня 2021 р. • 18.10 (397)
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UCC Saskatchewan Hosts Successful 2021 AGM Online
New Board Elected for 2021-2023

On Saturday, March 6, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan held its first-ever virtual 2021 Annual General Meeting and Board Elections. Over 50 delegates and guests from Canora, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Warman, Wilcox and Yorkton joined the online event via Zoom.

Following a brief welcome and explanation of the meeting rules by Executive Director Danylo Puderak, the proceedings began with the singing of the national anthems – O Canada by Spivohrai Ukrainian Children’s Choir (Saskatoon) and Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy by the Regina Catholic Schools Ukrainian Program students. The anthems were followed by greetings from the National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the CEO of SaskCulture.

Nykola Dovgyy, President of the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students Association, was elected AGM Chair and Rev. Father Patrick Powalinsky was elected Recording Secretary.

The business of the meeting, which featured the President’s, Executive Director’s and Financial reports, provided attendees an opportunity to learn about the activities of UCC Saskatchewan from 2020.

UCC Saskatchewan President John Denysek and Executive Director Danylo Puderak spoke to: the challenges that arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UCC Saskatchewan’s response to these challenges, and some of the ways current and new programs and services were adapted and/or enhanced; the continued relevance of the 5 Priorities in UCC Saskatchewan’s 5-year Strategic Plan; changes to UCC Saskatchewan’s complement of staff; the special pandemic funding component of the Hromada Legacy Fund that provided member organizations a measure of relief from financial pressures; and, UCC Saskatchewan’s continuing healthy financial position, thanks to the diversification of revenue sources and sound fiscal management.

On behalf of the Fundraising Committee, Kevin Kardynal announced the launch of UCC Saskatchewan’s Spring Online 50/50 Lottery, the proceeds of which go to the Hromada Legacy Fund in support our province’s Ukrainian cultural community.

Congratulations to the new Board of Directors elected for the 2021-2023 term. They are:

President – John Denysek, Yorkton
Vice-President – Elena Krueger, Wilcox/Regina
Treasurer – Maria Campbell, Saskatoon
Secretary – Fr. Patrick Powalinsky, Warman

Kevin Kluk, Yorkton
Katerina Nakutnyy, Regina
Tetiana Polishchuk, North Battleford
Andriy Prokopchuk, Saskatoon

UCC Saskatchewan is grateful to its funders, namely: Saskatchewan Lotteries; Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training; Government of Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Department of Canadian Heritage; and the Worobetz Foundation. UCC Saskatchewan is a proud member of SaskCulture.

More about the 2021 AGM will be presented in the upcoming spring issue of Visnyk.

Our 50/50 is Back!
Support Saskatchewan’s Ukrainian cultural community with a chance to win some cash!

After last year’s cancellation, we are happy to announce that this year the Hromada Legacy Fund of Saskatchewan fundraiser is once again being held with the official launch of our Spring Online 50/50 lottery.

UCC Saskatchewan has partnered with Tap 50:50, an online and electronic raffle solutions company, to make it easy to purchase tickets online. With a few clicks, you have a chance at winning up to $50,000 while supporting Saskatchewan’s vibrant Ukrainian community!

To purchase tickets, click here or on the image above. And good luck!

What’s Your Take?
Від Вас до нас!
The Ukrainian representative at this year’s Eurovision contest is the band Go_A, consisting of Kateryna Pavlenko, Ihor Didenchuk, Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Hryhoriak. They will be performing their song “Shum”, a combination between modern electronic music and ethnic sounds. (Watch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDeMfL8Ib9A&feature=youtu.be.)

The lyrics are a Ukrainian folk song variation sung in the “Shum” folk ritual. The ritual involved a game and was performed in spring. According to some, Shum refers to the god of the forest. But its modern take relates to the pandemic situation with the performers in protective suits, tired of the quarantine restrictions and summoning the forest god to free them so that they can dance, enjoy life and remember that they are part of something bigger. (Learn more.)

What do you think of Ukraine’s 2021 Eurovision Representative?

    1. Ой як крутo! It’s very cool!
    1. Може з часом! It may grow on me!
    1. Фе! Not my cup of tea!
  1. Менi все oднo! I neither like nor dislike it!
Results of Last Week’s Survey
Prior to the pandemic, how did you typically remember Taras Shevchenko in March?

  1. Attended / performed in celebratory concerts — 66%
  2. Attended / participated in commemorative events — 0%
  3. Read / re-read selected works of his — 17%
  4. Watched a movie about his life — 17%
  5. Other — 0%
On the Anniversary of the Birth of Taras Shevchenko
До дня народження
Тараса Шевченка
Думи Мої / Dumy Moi

Kateryna Grace sings “Dumy Moi” by Taras Shevchenko. (Watch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET5aha4eOvU.)

Strive—and you will triumph
For God is on your side!
Truth and glory are with you
And sacred freedom!

–T. Shevchenko, 1845March 9, 2021. OTTAWA, ON. Today, Ukrainians around the world mark the 207th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine’s bard, Taras Shevchenko. His contributions to the development of Ukrainian culture, national identity and national unity cannot be overestimated. For two centuries, Ukraine’s Kobzar has inspired generations of Ukrainians, both in Ukraine and abroad. Continue reading (ucc.ca)
Борітеся – поборете,
Вам Бог помагає!
За вас правда, за вас слава
І воля святая!

–Т. Шевченко, 18459 березня, 2021 р. ОТТАВА, ОН. Сьогодні українці всього світу відзначають 207-у річницю з дня народження Великого Кобзаря, Тараса Шевченка. Неможливо переоцінити внесок Шевченка в розвиток української культури, національної ідентичності, та національної свідомості. Читати далі (ucc.ca)
Virtual Taras Shevchenko Concert
Sunday, March 14, 2021
, UCC Saskatchewan’s YouTube Channel

Song, dance, music, and readings of Shevchenko’s works in Ukrainian/English by Saskatchewan performing groups and individuals

A joint presentation of UCC Regina, UCC Saskatoon, Prince Albert Veselka, North Battleford UCCC, UCC Yorkton, UCC Canora, and Weyburn & District UCCC

For more information email UCC Saskatoon at uccsaskatoonbranch@gmail.com or UCC Regina at uccregina@sasktel.net.

Featured Member Organization
Знайомтесь, наша складова організація
St. Athanasius Seniors Club (Regina)
Established: 1992
In 2019 activities included: meetings, making donations, serving funeral lunches
The club has approx. 45 organizational members
Contact: stathanasius@sasktel.net
Programs, Services, Projects
Програми, послуги та проекти
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Hromada Legacy Fund
Next deadline for Project Funding is May 15
COVID-19 UCC Saskatchewan updates graphic
Invitation to Townhall on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Saskatoon – Wednesday, March 10What: A Virtual Town hall Meeting
Why: To discuss the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans in Saskatoon
Who: Faith, Cultural, and Indigenous community leaders and friends
When: Wednesday, March 10, 4 PM
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Special Announcements
UCC Saskatchewan congratulates Marj Bodnarchuk…For her work bringing joy to members of the community, Marjorie Bodnarchuk of Prince Albert (recipient of UCC Saskatchewan’s Community Recognition Award for Volunteerism in 2017) was named the 2021 inductee into the Prince Albert Women’s Hall of Fame. Read more in the Prince Albert Daily Herald
Applications Open for Fall 2021 UCC National Parliamentary Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2021 Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Parliamentary Internship Program. Applications are due April 30, 2021.

Note: Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in an Information Session on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8 PM Eastern with the Program Director and alumni.

Program details, Parliamentary Internship Application, register for Information Session

Organizations existing within the Parkland Valley District boundaries are eligible to apply for a Parkland Valley SCR Outreach Grant to help their community host an event, e.g., “Learn to Decorate Pysanky.”
Applications for the new fiscal year, starting April 1, 2021, will be available on their website starting March 15.
Community News
Новини громади
Annual General Meeting: Ukrainian Catholic Foundation of Saskatchewan Corporation
Monday, March 22, 2021
, 7:30 PM via Zoom

For more information / to register, email admin@ucfsask.org or phone 306-653-0138, ext. 223. Registration open until 5 PM, Thu., Mar. 18.

Heritage Corner
Про нашу спадщину
Celebrating Exceptional Women in the Parkland Valley SCR District who are Preserving their CultureConnie Watlin of Yorkton has been writing pysanky regularly for 15 years. How she got started, why pysanka-writing is important and more is featured in the Parkland Valley Sport Culture & Recreation District’s March 2021 edition of “Applause!” (Issue #53b) by Erin Sobkow.
How to make your own natural dyes for pysanky
Online Learning Opportunities
Навчання онлайн
Does Ukraine need the IMF?
Friday, March 12, 2021
, 9-10 AM Saskatchewan time via Zoom
Hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center

Ukraine has long sought long-term support from the International Monetary Fund—the body, in turn, has pushed Ukraine to make critical reforms. As the country’s economy appears to stabilize though, does Ukraine need the IMF? Details, register

Pysanky Workshop
Learn to make Ukrainian pysanky. Kits available.

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 2-4:30 PM PST via Zoom (link sent after registration)

The Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Society of Vancouver Island is a non-profit organization established in 1978 to promoting Ukrainian culture in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island. In March, we are hosting a virtual pysanky workshop! This is a great opportunity to learn about this quintessential Ukrainian Easter folk tradition!

This event is a fundraiser for our local Ukrainian Cultural Centre which has been struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.

$15 – Workshop only
$30 – Workshop & Basic Pysanky Kit
Pysanky kit valued at $18

We sincerely appreciate your generosity! Details, register

ACUA Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts
Upcoming workshops, lectures, and roundtables

A year-long celebration of Ukrainian embroidery & textiles. Events offered in English and Ukrainian. Live translations provided.

Details, registration

Webinar on Ukrainian Community Archives: UCC National Archives Committee
Thursday, March 25, 2021
, 6 Eastern time

Webinar will focus on Ukrainian Community Archives, updates on upcoming information sessions, and a question & answer period. Register

Webinar on Holodomor
In Soviet Russia. Impressions from a Journey
Monday, March 15, 2021
, 7 PM EDT
Intro to Grant Writing (Morning Session): South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
, 10 AM via ZoomNew to grant writing? Want a quick refresher? Let’s get you started with some basic examples and useful grant writing tips to make your proposal stand above the rest! Register here
Ukraine • Україна
‘Mavka. The Forest Song’A beautiful Ukrainian wood nymph’s fantastic adventures are at the heart of the upcoming CG-animated feature Mavka. The Forest Song.

Full story, Official Teaser Trailer at animationmagazine.net

Building a strong, culturally vibrant Ukrainian community in Saskatchewan

Будуємо сильну, динамічну українську громаду в Саскачевані

UCC Saskatchewan is funded by
Government of Canada - IRCC
UCC Saskatchewan is a proud member of
Sask Culture
Everyone Wins!

Proceeds from Sask Lotteries fund groups like ours whose activities help us all to grow, learn and play! Learn more about Sask Lotteries and the sport, culture and recreation groups that benefit at sasklotteries.ca.

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