Tuesday, September 27, 2011

1st Golf Tourney for St. Vladimir's Institute

Congratulations to the organizers of the 1st annual St. Vladimir's Institute Fall Golf Classic! What was possibly the last "major" Ukrainian golf tourney of the season took place at a picturesque though very challenging golfcourse in Ancaster Ontario. This correspondent doesn't remember every seeing as many ravines at literally every other hole. And at one point, there was major confusion about which green was attached to which fairway. Still, it was a thouroughly enjoyable outing, though we strongly recommend doing what we did - car pool it out there unless you live nearby.

Our "sevensome" John Znaczko, Christine Kuzyk, Lesia Chyczij,
Yuriy Diakunchak, Iryna Revutska, Ihor Saplyvyj and Lesia Saplyvyj

UCU was very pleased to be a key sponsor of this event and looks forward to further cooperation with the Institute. Plus a word to the avid golfer, wild horses will not keep us away from this tournament next year!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Upcoming events worth noting (Sep-Oct-Nov)

All sorts of things are happening in the community this fall. We thought we'd post info about a few of them here for you. If you have an event that UCU is supporting through sponsorship, volunteer assistance or via an ongoing relationship with your organization, please feel free to send us information to post on the blog.

September 24, 2011
St. Elias Classic Golf Tournament
Taking place at the Mayfield Golf Club. for inforation contact Lu Bobyk.

September 25, 2011
St. Vladimir Institute Fall Golf Classic
This is their first ever golf fundraiser. Registration starts at 10am. To learn more about the Institute visit http://www.stvladimir.ca/.

The Blessing of the Chapel at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville
The event starts at 9:30am with both Metropolitan Yurij and Bishop Andrij officiating. The 10am Liturgy will be followed by lunch and a cultural program at 12:30pm. A map of the chapel's location can be found here. Tickets for the lunch can be ordered by calling 416.603.3224.

Lemko Tower. A jubilee concert celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lemko Association. Features a special preformance by Lemko Tower. Starts 3pm at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre at 83-85 Christie St. in Toronto. information available at http://www.lemko-olk.com/, 416-766-8137, 905-586-1456, or by email from info@lemko-olk.com.

September 30
Windsor Ukrainian Heritage Festival
Celebrating 120 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada the festival will take place on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1 at St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre, 2000 Tecumseh Rd. E, in Windsor Ontario. Come visit the Ukrainian Credit Union booth while you are at the festival. The poster to the right contains more information.

October 23
St. Josaphat Catholic School 50th Anniversary
St. Josaphat Cathedral Catholic School will celebrate its 50th Anniversary starting with a Mass to be held October 23 at 10:30AM at St. Josaphat Cathedral on Franklin Avenue. A reception and open house will follow at the school at 55 Pelham Avenue. Look out for a special offer from UCU for all attendees. For additional information please call the school at 416-393-5291. To learn more about this school visit the Toronto Catholic School Board website.

October 26&27
St. Demetrius School 35th Anniversary
On St. Demetrius will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a school liturgy on Wednesday October 26 and Alumni Celebrations on October 27. Look out for a special offer from UCU for all attendees. For additional information on the Alumni Celebrations click here for a flyer.

October 28, 2011
Maskarada for Children
Ukrainian National Federation (Toronto) is sponsoring a children's masquerade party to be held at the UNF-Trident Hall 145 Evans Avenue in Etobicoke. Special guest stars: Baraboyla featuring Ron Cahute. For information email info@unftoronto.com of click on this link to download the Maskarada flyer.

Masquerade Zabava
Ukrainian National Federation (Toronto) is hosting a Masquerade Zabava in support of UNF Camp Sokil, to be held at the UNF-Trident Hall 145 Evans Avenue in Etobicoke. Dance to the sounds of Burya and Zapovid. For information email info@unftoronto.com, call 416.253.6022 x2 or click on this link to download the Masquerade flyer.

November 4
Expressions in Art
23rd Anniversary show and sale will be held at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre 1280 Dundas Street West in Oakville. The three day event opens at 7pm on Nov. 4 and continues through to 3:30pm on Nov. 6. Dozens of artists are taking pat, too many to list here! For a bit more info you can view a flyer here. To read about previous Expressions in Art events, click here.

November 4
Holy See and the Holodomor
On Friday November 18, 7PM Professor Lubomyr Luciuk will hold a public reading from his book on the Holy See's stance and attitudes towards the Holodomor. The reading will take place at the Ukrainian National Federation Resources Centre at 145 Evans Avenue in Etobicoke. For additonal info please call Lydia at 416-245-3703.

November 13
She Paid with Her Life
Two more events that are coming up in the near future are the premier of Iryna Korpan's new film "Вона заплатила життям" (She paid with her life) a film about Ukrainians who risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbours during the Holocaust. The screening will take place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre at 83 Christie on November 13, 2011 at 2pm. Tickets are $15/person. Coffee and sweets will be served.

November 19
Jazz on the Vine
The second event is "Jazz on the Vine" an evening of music and wine featuring the smooth sounds of the Six Points Jazz Orchestra in support of Erinoak Kids. The band features UCU's own COO Roman Litwinchuk on the drums! Tickets are $25/person. The event will take place on November 19, 2011 at the Trident Banquet Hall at 145 Evans Avenue. For information please call 416-253-6002 or email info@unftoronto.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Summer Photo Contest 2011 - Deadline fast approaching!

We are almost at the end of the Summer Photo Contrest and what a great ride it has been. We've had a few people take the lead back and forth, we had one person bow out due to personal reasons (it's like a political campaign or something!) and we've had a late surge from a couple of contenders battling it out for first place in the People's Choice category!

This is too exciting, and yet, there is still time for more contestants to join so you never know what might happen ove rthe next day and a bit.

In the meantime, here are links to the five candidates that are still standing: Vote by clicking on the photos (this will take you to our facebook page and then click the "like" button on the photo or photos that you like the best - easy peasy).

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Toronto Ukrainian Festival 2011 Recap!

Serhiy "Foma" Fomenko of Mandry
Once more the Toronto Ukrainian Festival ended as a great success! It is sometimes hard to believe how it has grown over the last 15 years from its humble beginnings in a tiny parking lot at the corner of Jane and Bloor. Now it is a leviathan stretching many blocks from the Jane all the way past Runnymede by a couple of blocks.

 Anyway, Ukrainian Credit Union Limited is thirlled to have once again brought you the headline act at the festival - Mandry! Their concert on Saturday night was simply the best. We've got lots of pictures on our facebook page:

Mandry concert
Pictures from the parade and festival
Mandry autograph signing

We will also have videos on our facebook page in a day or two hopefully!

Marta Tryshak, fashion blogger extraordinaire,
joined UCU at our booth.

UCU's parade team marches
through the festival grounds

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Things you didn't know about UCU members...

Spot light on:

Marta Tryshak

Marta has been a member at Ukrainian Credit Union since childhood. "From Fat Cat, through JumpStart and now Campus Classic Ukrainian Credit Union has been with me every step of the way!" says Marta.

She has had a flair for entrepreneurship since an early age when she used to put earnings from her lemonade stand into her Youth Unlimited account at Ukrainian Credit Union. "It's the bank I trust," she says.

Well, Marta did not stop at running a lemonade stand. Now she is a rising force in the fashion blogging world. If you haven't run across her blog withlovegabrielle.com yet, we recommend a visit now.

The Story of withlovegabrielle.com: “Where Fabulous Meets Everyday”

Named after the alluring Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, withlovegabrielle.com was created by Marta Tryshak in June 2008. Marta—a 23 year old, who was born in Ukraine and raised in Toronto—lives by Chanel’s words of wisdom, “women should be two things: fabulous and classy.” A University of Toronto graduate with a specialist in art history and architecture, whose love for aesthetically pleasing things extends beyond the profession. With Love… found its beginning as a creative outlet of a student and grew into a sensation thanks to devoted fans.

When Marta is not looking for the next fabulous idea to share with her beloved readers, she is actively engaged in Canadian social media and fashion community. As a young entrepreneur, she turned her passion into a business that has partnered with the likes of Coty Canada, Calvin Klein, Smirnoff Canada and Kenneth Cole to name a few. As a regular attendee at Toronto Fashion Week as a guest of a designer, Marta is known for her support of local talent. She was also a participating member of the largely popular South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas. Looking to expand her horizons abroad, she is using social media to take her readers on an ever evolving story of fashion, style, food and travel. Withlovegabrielle.com is an ongoing story of a girl in search of fabulous in the simplest things of everyday life!

This Saturday (September 17) at the Ukrainian Festival on Bloor Street, Marta will be helping Ukrainian Credit Union launch a great promotion where one lucky member will get the opportunity to win a $1,000 shopping spree with their own personal shopper—Marta Tryshak—along to offer fashion advice. You can read more by clicking UCU Mastercard® promotion. Come visit our booth on Saturday between 12:30 and 2:30pm if you'd like to meet Marta in person.