Thursday, May 12, 2022

Join Our Team

 

UCU is seeking a self-motivated and creative Marketing Assistant to support the Head of Marketing in the execution and monitoring of marketing plans and projects. The successful candidate will be dedicated, reliable, highly organized, outgoing and have excellent communication skills. We are looking for a ‘go-getter’ who is ambitious and eager to learn. There is potential for growth and gaining experience in all areas of marketing.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support as necessary, including scheduling group meetings, maintaining calendars, doing research, tracking marketing spend and creating reports

·         Maintain publication schedules of advertisements in all media channels: newspapers, TV, magazines, radio, etc.

·         Work with designer and writer to develop ads and various communication materials

·         Assist in event planning, execution, and on-site presence when necessary

·         Track and distribute donations

·         Develop and maintain relationships with branches, vendors, and community organizations

·         Organize and manage marketing collateral and promotional products inventory

·         Assist with other marketing projects such as maintaining social media and website content

·         Collaborate with branches and other departments

·         Participate in ideation of ways to grow and strengthen membership through online advertising, contests, promotions, etc.

·         This position is not constricted to 9-5 hours - Evenings and weekends will be required

·         Local travel is necessary – valid drivers license is preferred

  

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Post Secondary Education in Marketing, Communications, PR or equivalent is preferred
  • 1-2 years previous experience in a related job preferred but not necessary
  • English and Ukrainian fluency - written and oral
  • Proficient in MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams

 

Skills Requirements

·         Must be a team player, flexible and possess a lot of initiative and creativity

·         Excellent attention to detail and time management skills with the ability to prioritize

·         Maturity and confidence to take ownership of one's work

·         Ability to work on multiple projects and adhere to strict deadlines

·         Strong administration and organizational skills with the ability to work with minimum supervision 

·         Effective project management skills

·         Ability to work outside regular business hours as required

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a customer-centric mindset

·         Interacts effectively with all levels of management, employees, and external partners

·         Active participation in community groups or other similar extra-curricular activity is an asset


For consideration, please submit your resume by email to Orysia Boytchuk, Head of Marketing, careers@ukrainiancu.com no later than June 3, 2022.

 

UCU is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please let us know.

Vaccination Condition

COVID-19 vaccinations are the most effective way to safeguard the health of our employees and our overall workplace. As such, offer of employment is also conditional upon UCU receiving written confirmation of your receipt of a full series of a COVID-19 vaccination approved by Health Canada. UCU’s requirement that you be vaccinated is subject to any accommodation obligations it may have under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

 

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

 

Monday, May 9, 2022

UCU Helps Ukraine Presents: Julia Blue


 UCU Helps Ukraine presents an exclusive Canadian film screening of Julia Blue – a story of how one person was inspired by the protests of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv. Featuring breathtaking cinematography from metropolitan Kyiv to the sweeping landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains - Julia Blue captures the true heart and soul of Ukraine.

The film’s writer and director, Roxy Toporowych will host a Q&A after the screening and all proceeds will go to UCU Helps Ukraine.

Join us on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 7:00 at the Revue Cinema in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now and you can buy them here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Supporting Ukrainians arriving in Canada from war-torn Ukraine

 

We are offering no-fee bank accounts, debit cards and credit cards to Ukrainians arriving in Canada under the Authorization for Emergency Travel to help them establish a financial base in Canada.

UCU Welcome Ukraine Package

To help the newly arriving Ukrainians resettle in Canada we put together a Welcome Ukraine Package and waived the fees for key financial products and services. Our trained Ukrainian speaking staff will be on hand – in our branches and on the phone from our Contact Centre - to help with the set-up process.

The new Welcome Ukraine Package is for adults, 18+, and includes:

Bank Account

  • No-fee Chequing Account – including free cheques *
  • No-fee Savings Account – earn interest on your savings *  
  • $150 deposited on your behalf to the UCU Shares account *
Debit Card

  • No-fee Debit Card - for ATM cash withdrawals and in-store purchases *
  • $500 daily ATM debit card withdrawal limit
  • $750 daily in-store debit card withdrawal limit

Credit card

  • Credit Card – up to $1,500 credit limit and no annual fee ***

International Wire and Money Transfers

  • Fees waived when sending money to family or friends in Ukraine and neighbouring countries

How to Open an Account with UCU

If you are in Canada

Option 1

If you have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a permanent address in Canada you may open your account online here

Option 2

If you are waiting for your SIN or prefer to open an account in person, please visit the nearest UCU branch. We have 13 Branches throughout Ontario.

To find the nearest branch use our branch/ATM locator: Find a UCU Branch

To open an account, you will need two pieces of government-issued identification (one of which must include your photo) such as a Passport, Canadian Visa or Work Permit. We encourage you to call in advance to book an appointment a with Ukrainian-speaking member services representative.

If you are outside of Canada

To open an account from outside of Canada, fill out the Membership Application Form

If you have any questions and want to speak to one of our representatives please call our Contact Centre:

From Ukraine:  +380 89 324 0486

From Poland: +48 22 397 16 11 

 UCU – A Canadian Financial Institution

UCU is a Canadian financial institution established in 1944. UCU conducts all business and holds all its assets in Canada and has connections to the international banking network. Deposits in all savings and chequing accounts are protected and insured up to $250,000 by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA).

About UCU

For over 75 years, UCU has served its broader community both in Canada and Ukraine. We support the maintenance and growth of Ukrainian cultural, educational, religious and community life in Canada as well as provide support to the organizations and people who fight to preserve the freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine. If you share these values you are welcome to join our community.


* No charge for all basic everyday personal banking for 3 years from opening the account. For all other applicable fees, please see our Fee Schedule for more information

**When you close the account within 3 years of opening, a closing fee will be charged. Please, see our Fee Schedule for more information

***Conditions apply and are subject to change



UCU 2021 Annual Report Highlights


UCU Board of Directors Chair, Yaroslaw Borys and UCU CEO, Pidzamecky presented the 2021 Annual Report which showed strong financial results despite the many unprecedented disruptions of last year. Record asset growth, net profit, and increased donations marked a year in which UCU stood strong for our Members, for our community, and for Ukraine.

Thank You to Our Employees

On behalf of UCU members and the Board of Directors, a heartfelt appreciation was extended to our management team and back-office staff that continued to work in a seamless hybrid fashion to advance the UCU strategic growth plan. A special thank you was extended to our member-facing staff that kept branches open and provided uninterrupted service to our Members.

2021 Financial Highlights

In 2021, UCU continued to grow despite the pandemic’s disruptive effects on the economy, exceeding $1.0 billion in total assets and demonstrating solid financial performance with a record net income of $4.516 million.

Assets increased by $129.284 million (13.05%) to $1.119 billion, deposits grew $121.159 million (15.03%) to $927.130 million, while net loans to members increased $149.677 million (17.35%) to $1.013 billion.

Credit Report

In 2021, provisions for doubtful loans increased by $0.258 million (vs. $2.008 million in 2020) reflecting a decrease in default risk in our recovering post-pandemic economy.

Our management team will continue to closely monitor for economic risk factors inspired by the international supply chain disruption and higher interest that may require more aggressive loan loss provisioning even if our actual loan losses remain traditionally low.

COVID-19 Response

Our branches remained open with reduced hours and member service by appointment with our staff adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Health. An ever-increasing number of members took advantage of our online banking, mobile app, and call centre platforms to conduct their business.

Sharing Our Co-Operative Success

In 2021, we stood strong in our commitment to support the many volunteer organizations that make up the fabric of the Ukrainian community and we strove to do our part to stand strong for Canada’s First Nations donating to 11 eleven organizations for indigenous child and youth-focused programs.

Through the UCU Helps Ukraine program led by staff volunteers since 2015, we collected donations to provide financial aid to Ukrainian soldiers injured due to Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

2021 Annual Report

The full 2021 Annual Report, including the Audit Committee report, report of the Independent Auditor and summary consolidated statement of financial position can be found on the UCU website.

 

UCU Scholarship Recipients

We support students in our community by continuing to invest in their education. During this year’s AGM, UCU awarded the Community Leadership Scholarship to six post-secondary students who have been UCU Members for at least two years.

The Scholarship Committee reviewed many applications from accomplished candidates and based their decisions on four criteria - academic performance, leadership and community involvement, commitment to volunteerism and fit to the scholarship criteria.

UCU congratulates the following scholarship recipients:

UCU Community Leadership Scholarship – awarded to students showing community involvement and studying in various programs in a post-secondary educational institution.


Sofia Holowatsky

Western University

Bachelor of Arts - Information & Media Studies

 

Alexandra Holyk

Ryerson University

Bachelor of Journalism

 

Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak

Western University

Bachelor of Arts - Social Science

 

Laura Pudlo

Wilfred Laurier University

Master of Business Administration

 

Larysa Stech

Brock University

Master of Public Health

 

Nicholas Witowych

University of Toronto

Bachelor of Arts - Humanities

 

UCU congratulates the scholarship recipients and wishes all of our student Members a meaningful and successful upcoming academic year.

 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Supporting Ukrainians arriving in Canada from war-torn Ukraine


We are offering no-fee bank accounts, debit cards and credit cards* to Ukrainians arriving in Canada under the Authorization for Emergency Travel to help them establish a financial base in Canada.

UCU Welcome Ukraine Package

To help the newly arriving Ukrainians resettle in Canada we put together a Welcome Ukraine Package and waived the fees for key financial products and services. Our trained Ukrainian-speaking staff will be on hand – in our branches and on the phone from our Control Centre - to help with the set-up process.

The new Welcome Ukraine Package is for adults, 18+, and includes:

Bank Account

  • No-fee Chequing Account – including free cheques
  • No-fee Savings Account – earn interest on your savings   
  • $150 cash gift – deposited on your behalf to the UCU Shares account

Debit Card

  • No-fee Debit Card - for ATM cash withdrawals and in-store purchases
  • $500 daily ATM debit card withdrawal limit
  • $750 daily in-store debit card withdrawal limit   

Credit card

  • Pre-approved Credit Card*$1,500 credit limit and no annual fee

           *Conditions apply and are subject to change

International Wire and Money Transfers

Fees waived when sending money to family or friends in Ukraine

Full List of UCU Products and Services

Accounts and Cards

  • Chequing Accounts
  • Savings Accounts
  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Deposit Insurance

Virtual Services

  • Virtual Accounts
  • Internet Banking
  • Mobile Banking
  • Contact Centre Support

Transfers

  • eTransfers
  • Wire-Transfers
  • Western Union

Payments

  • Mobile Phone
  • Online
  • In Branch

Loans

  • Personal Loans
  • Car Loans
  • Mortgages

Other services

  • ATM Network
  • Safety Deposit boxes
  • Currency Exchange
  • Investments

UCU – A Canadian Financial Institution

UCU is a Canadian financial institution established in 1944. UCU conducts all business and holds all its assets in Canada and has connections to the international banking network. Deposits in all savings and chequing accounts are protected and insured up to $250,000 by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA).

About UCU

For over 75 years, UCU has provided competitive financial products and services to Canadians. Our UCU Online and Mobile Banking platforms are safe and secure with up-to-date security features designed to protect your financial information.

We also serve our broader community both in Canada and Ukraine. We continue to support the maintenance and growth of Ukrainian cultural and community life in Canada as we continue to support all organizations and people who fight to preserve the freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine.

Visit our website to open an account.

               

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

UCU Annual General Meeting


 The UCU 78th Annual General Meeting will take place via video conference on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 6:00 PM EST.

To participate, all eligible UCU Members must register in advance by visiting the AGM page on the UCU website. https://www.ukrainiancu.com/about-us/agm