On October 11th, 2017 the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) has launched its National Campaign Fundraising Appeal.
During the next month, volunteers of UCC branches and provincial councils across Canada will be contacting individuals and organizations to seek their financial support to fund local UCC priority programs and projects as well as national educational and charitable campaigns.
In the past year the UCC had many successful programs and projects take place across Canada, including our Celebrating Canada’s Diversity – Youth Engaging Youth project in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, during which we held more than 50 events across the country.
In September, we re-started the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program, aimed at providing Ukrainian Canadian youth with meaningful political experience.
We continued our work on Project Link, a Canada-wide project to engage our community in a more formal fashion with their local Member of Parliament so that we have an active information network across the country. This network ensures that our federal elected representatives are kept up to date on issues of concern to our community.
For the first time, Ukraine participated in the Invictus Games. Held in Toronto this year, the UCC supported the participation of Team Ukraine in the Games and we were honoured to host Prime Minister Trudeau and President Poroshenko at our Gala honouring Ukraine’s Invictus Team.
These are just a few of the projects in which our community was engaged last year. For more information please see UCC Highlights in English and Ukrainian. There are many local initiatives to build engagement in the Ukrainian Canadian arts community, increasing awareness of Canada’s First National Internment operations, and education about the lasting impacts of the Holodomor Famine Genocide.
UCC works very actively across Canada through six provincial councils and 18 local branches, which are comprised of community representatives as well as numerous provincial or local organizations. UCC provincial councils and branches take an active part in serving their communities. They provide services, organize celebrations, concerts, community meetings and provide a unified focal point for local and provincial matters of concern to our community. Most importantly they support the work of community member organizations and showcase the achievements of community volunteers.
In the year ahead UCC will be working on a number of priorities including providing services to our community, concentrating particularly on new immigrants and smaller Ukrainian Canadian centres.
Recognizing the value of Ukrainian education programs, we want to develop innovative ways to provide Ukrainian education across Canada, in particular in underserviced areas.
Finally, we want to ensure that the Holodomor is included in curricula across Canada and support completion of a Memorial to the Victims of Communism in our Nation’s Capital.
Donations can be made in three ways:
- Online at http://www.ucc.ca/nationalcampaign designated for the UCC National Campaign
- Mailed to the UCC Head Office in Winnipeg (203-953 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R2W 3P4)
- In person to UCC National Campaign volunteers in your local community.
Proceeds from the UCC National Campaign will be shared 50/50 between UCC National and the designated local branches or Provincial Council.