Friday, June 28, 2013

Canada Day Long Weekend

Mnohaya Lita Canada!

A note to all of our members; our branches will be closed Monday July 1st 2013 as we'll be celebrating Canada's birthday. We hope everyone has a happy and safe long weekend!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Banking System Conversion


which gives you all the details you need to guide you through the conversion process.

 Dear Members,

Happy Canada Day! 

This long weekend we are going to take the opportunity to finalize the merger between Ukrainian Credit Union Limited and United Ukrainian Credit Union by converting our members in Hamilton to our banking system.

This will mean some brief disruption of service. Between Saturday, June 29, 2013 and Monday, July 1, 2013, as we convert the former United Ukrainian Credit Union (UUCU) members to Acumen™, the state-of-the art banking system used by Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. Internet and telephone banking systems will also be unavailable during this time.

Our banking system is the engine of your credit union. During the Conversion Period, we will be integrating all your financial vehicles: internet banking, ATM, and telephone banking channels to ensure that the transition is seamless.

During this Conversion Period if at any point in time you have a question we would strongly encourage you to either contact the Call Centre where a qualified specialist will assist you with a quick resolution or simply email the Call Centre at, if this is more convenient. There will also be updated information posted on our website –

Please note that the Bloor West Village and Mississauga branches which are usaully open till 2pm on Saturdays will close one hour early on June 29 at 1pm in order to accommodate the conversion schedule.

We thank you for your patience.

Additional details on how services will be affected during the conversion


Branches Closed
Call Centre Open for Extended Hours

The consolidation of member data from one system to another is a huge undertaking and it will be necessary to limit services for two consecutive days to complete all required testing.

The last day that you will be able to get in-branch counter service in Hamilton will be: Friday June 28, 2013.  Please plan ahead. If you foresee any difficulties with bill payments, EFT’s, etc., please contact your Branch so that the appropriate plan of action can be put into place.  This should be done prior to Friday June 28, 2013.

The Branch will be closed on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1 to allow for the conversion.   We refer to these two days as our Conversion Period.

The Branch will re-open at its regular time on Tuesday July 2, 2013.

Despite the branch being closed, you still will be able to access your funds through an ATM or by Interac™ Direct Payment (Point-Of-Sale).  You can also write cheques using your existing stock, use your UUCU MasterCard®, and for most of the Conversion Period, obtain updates from credit union websites on the state of the conversion.

The Call Centre exists to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your account.


416.922.4407 or 1.800.461.0777

During the Conversion Period, they will be extending their hours:


Saturday, June 29 – 9 am to 3 pm
Sunday, June 30 – 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday, July 1 – 12 pm to 5 pm
July 2, 3 and 4 – 9 am to 7 pm

During the Conversion Period itself, since U-Touch Automated Telephone Banking will not be operational, only live operator service will be available.

Call Centre staff will be able to answer your questions and assist you with urgent requests (e.g. debit card issues and in some cases, limited emergency cash).  However, they will not be able to perform transactions on your accounts.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hutsuls by Youry Bilak at Toronto Ukrainian Festival

French-Ukrainian photographer Youry Bilak is coming to the Toronto Ukrainian Festival this year! The upcoming photographic exhibition by Youry Bilak portrays the life of Hutsuls in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. The exhibition will take place during the festival in Bloor West Village in September. The project consists of around 40 large format (60x90 cm) pictures exhibited in a pavilion which will be located on Bloor Street between Kennedy and Glendowynne Road. Inside the pavilion the curators will recreate a true museum atmosphere with black fabric background, lights and ethnic Hutsul music helping the visitor to dive into the world of Hutsuls from the Carpathians. Visit to learn more about the photographer.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Login to Win - ucumobile contest winner #2

The Log in to Win winner for the month of May was Oleh Joukov a member at our Etobicoke branch.

Oleh Joukov accepts his iPhone prize from Olena Bat at
Ukrainian Credit Union Limited's Etobicoke Branch

There are still 13 days left (till the end of June 30) for you to try out our ucumobile service and by doing so, get a chance to win the last iPhone that will be awarded for June.

Learn more about ucumobile here:

Learn more about the contest here:

Want to See Lemon Bucket Orkestra?

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited is proud to help Lemon Bucket Orkestra realize the dream of touring Ukraine this summer to exchange creative music ideas between Ukraine and Canada and to learn new songs that are being sung in Ukraine. As part of their fundraising efforts, Lemon Bucket Orkestra are holding a concert in July.


We have some tickets to see this concert: Lemon Bucket Orkestra welcomes... Fanfare Ciocarlia at the Opera House - 735 Queen Street East Friday July 5th 2013!

Over the next few days we will be posting questions (a total of 5 questions) on our Facebook page. The first person to answer each question correctly in the comments below the Facebook post will win a pair of tickets! Click HERE to get to our Facebook page now!

Please note that employees of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited a well as Board members are not eligible to win these tickets.

WINNERS (will be listed as they are announced):

Winner #1: Sonia Justyna Szubelak who wins 2 tickets

Winner #2: Adrian Woloszanskyj who wins two tickets

Winner #3: Iryna Mykytiuk who wins two tickets

Winner #4: Leda Hewka Lada who wins two tickets

Winner #5: Mark Moroz who wins two tickets

Friday, June 14, 2013

Зустріч з Грицем Драпаком

Українська Кредитова Спілка Лимитед спонсорує концерт-забаву з Грицем Драпаком під музику гурту Збруч в честь Дня Батька!

Концерт відбудеться 15 червня в залі при церкві Пресвятої Богородиці 3625 Cawthra Road у Місісаґа.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hamiton's BBQ is Right Around the Corner!

Building Community - It's what we are all about

Angela Andlar, manager of UCU's
Sudbury branch presents a
donation to Mary Stefura
of the Sudbury Ukrainian
Seniors' Home
You may have noticed in the last couple of weeks we have been posting a lot of photos on our Facebook page with staff and board members presenting donations to various groups in our community.

Lesya Babiy, manager of UCU's
Mississauga Branch presents a
donation to Dorota Cziupel
of Carassauga's Ukraine Pavilion
Providing financial support to community groups is a big part of who we are and is very important to Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. Credit unions have historically been one of the largest supporters of the community. Why? Well, as financial institutions we obviously have some money. But more importantly, as community members support us, so we in turn are able to support the community. It is very encouraging to us when in the course of making donations we meet tons of people who really get this simple concept - the more business we as a community do with the credit unions, the more credit unions such as Ukrainian Credit Union Limited are able to support the community.

Mark Marzyk of Lemon Bucket Orkestra
accepts a sponsorship cheque from
UCU Marketing Director Yuriy Diakunchak
Over the course of the year we donate money, resources and volunteer hours to hundreds of different groups and projects from schools and dance groups, to churches and hospitals, to sports groups and service clubs, and much much more. Check out our annual reports to see all of the groups that we support.

Taras Jackiw (right) presents
a donation to Rev. Walnyckyj
of Burlington's Holy
Protection  Church
But it doesn't just stop there. We also support the community with various other means such as our scholarship program. You can read about it in this article published by New Pathway newspaper UCU 2013 Scholarship Awards Gala. And you can see a bunch of photos from the event on our FB page. We also support younger students through our Matura Video contest which we jointly operate with Western Union. You can see a bunch of photos about that event on our FB page as well in the Matura Ball 2013 album. You can see some of the videos submitted to this contest over the years on our YouTube channel.

UCU Board members Jerry Pryshlak
and Greg Adamowich present a donation
to members of Ottawa's Pokrova Arts
Network. Photo courtesy of Chrystia Chudczak
For many organizations, we are the only financial institution making contributions. Speak with your local church or dance group, sadochok or Saturday school, SUM, SUMK or Plast branch, about how much they receive from the big banks in financial support. Zero? That's our guess too. So come help us close the circle, bring your business to us and help us continue providing financial support to the community organizations that are important to YOU.

To see many more recent donation presentations, visit the Donation Presentation photo album on our FB page.

Learn more about Ukrainian Credit Union Limited on our website:

Michael Zienchuk, of UCU's Wealth Strategies Group visits Windsor
to present a donation to the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Login to Win - ucumobile contest winner #1

Our first monthly winner in the Login to Win ucumobile contest (for the month of April) is Joanne Talarico of our Thunder Bay Branch!

Oksana Harapyuk, Branch Manager in Thunder Bay presents Joanne Talarico

We apologize for the delay in announcing this winner, but we only just received the photo of her claiming her prize. We will be drawing the winner for the month of May later today and hope to have a picture of the winner up soon. 

Less than a month to go if you want to win an iphone. The only way that'll happen is if you start using your smart phone to access your UCU accounts through ucumobile.

Monday, June 3, 2013


Ukrainian Credit Union has a few free tickets for our members to this Friday's Crazy Voda show at On Cue Billiards. If you want a pair, please call Yuriy at 416-763-5575 x208 or email Hurry though. they are going quickly.

Eastern Eparchy UOCC invites you to a Summer Celebration

On June 16th the Eartern Eparchy UOCC is holding a big celebratory event fullof fun foo and fellowship for the whole family at the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville. Click on the posters below for more information!