Thursday, July 25, 2013

28th Lemko Vatra

Here's another event that Ukrainian Credit Union Limited is proud to sponsor!

Lemko Vatra organizer Marhareta Michniewicz accepts a
donation for the 28th Lemko Vatra from Svitlana Mazepa,
manager of UCU's Etobicoke branch.

Oakville Ukrainian Festival - advance notice

The Oakville Ukrainian community is holding a festival in late September. Looks like it will be a great time and a perfect opportunity to come and check out their new digs at Trafalgar and River Oaks Blvd. Hard not to be impressed by what the community has built there.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Job Opportunity at our Ottawa Service Point!


 Ottawa Service Point
Job Title:        Financial Services Representative
Date Posted;   July 23, 2013
Closing Date:  July 30, 2013

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited has positions available for full and/or part time Financial  Service Representatives  in our Ottawa Service Point.  Under the direction of the Operations Manager the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a full range of services in Ukrainian and English to our members.  You will support our superior sales and service environment, cross selling and upselling our line of products and services.  This service point is a situated in the Ottawa Womens’ Credit Union.

Key Skills and Abilities
  • Fluency in Ukrainian and English is mandatory
  • Aptitude for processing, transactional and administrative functions
  • Outgoing personality, with excellent communication skills  and a positive attitude
  • Initiative and ability to identify opportunities for referrals to product (e.g. credit/investment) specialists
  • Ability to contribute to achieving both the branches’ budgeted growth and their own individual assigned sales/referral targets
  • Willing to work flexible hours
Please submit your application and resume by July 30, 2013 to: 
Alison Conroy, Manager, Operations
Ukrainian Credit Union Limited
145 Evans Avenue, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8Z 5X8

Monday, July 22, 2013

St. Joe's Tournament raises money for Oakville Hospital

An article on the tournament in North Oakville Today.
Click on the image to enlarge
The 7th Annual St.Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church Golf Tournament was a great success. This year, for the first time, the tournament held its dinner and award ceremony at the church's new banquet hall at the corner of Trafalgar and River Oaks Blvd.

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited was proud to be the main sponsor of this event that not only helps the church fund its ambitious plans for a new Ukrainian cultural hub in Oakville, but also provides funding for a family quiet room at the new Oakville hospital currently under construction.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Kozak System featuring Taras Chubay

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited is Sponsoring Kozak System Featuring Taras Chubay to headline the Toronto Ukrainian Festival. We'll have a few contests coming up for tickets to the before and after parties and other goodies such as CDs. So keep your eye on our Facebook page and our blog Building Community.

Those of you who have been going to the festival since its early days will remember Taras Chubay performing on the stage in the No Frills Parking about a dozen or so years ago. My how the festival has grown!

Of course don't forget that we will be having an autograph signing session with Kozak System and Taras Chubay at our Wealth Strategies Group office at 2265 Bloor Street West after the festival parade on Saturday September 14. We'll see you there.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hutsuls: $3,750 raised, $6.250 to go!

If you donate a minimum of $50 you could win a copy of catalogue
of all the photos in Youry Bilak's Hutsul exhibit.
Donations to get the Hutsul photo exhibit to the Toronto Ukrainian Festival have been pouring in over the weekend!

Don;t wait, help the organizers reach their goal of $10,000. Ukrainian Credit Union Limited has done it's part by starting off the donations with a generous grant. But everyone has to pitch in to make this happen!

Below is a recent email from the organizers:

Dear friend.

As the time of the exhibition (and Festival, Sep 13th) is approaching it is critical for us to have your support and show your name as the donor on the site.

Any amount is appreciated. We ask for 50$ as it gives you additional benefits:
  • photo print of your choice
  • inclusion in the draw for beautiful 30x24.5 cm hard-cover album, which includes 127 photographs from the heart of Hutsuls country with illustrated hardcover, in three languages English, Ukrainian and French and personal autograph from the photographer

In the last few days we managed to raise almost 1,000$ of additional funds, but we are still short of our goal.

Since the Festival is themed around Hutsul culture this year Youry Bilak's photo exhibition will be the center piece of the Festival showcasing major Hutsul life events. All visitor's of the Festival will be able to see the richness and beauty of our culture and over 60% of Festival visitors are of non-Ukrainian background.

We know that many people will be making a donation in the last minute and simply haven't decided on the picture yet.

Be example to others and show your support TODAY!
Sponsor Your favourite Hutsul!

Thank you.
Adrian Kos

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Building Community across Ontario

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited is dedicated to supporting charitable organizations across Ontario in all of the communities that we operate in. Including:

In Ottawa:
Vicki Karpiak and Lesia Maruschak of the cure: blood cancer organization
accept a donation from Kateryna Vyatkina, Ukrainian Credit Union Limited's
 new representative in Ottawa and Alison Conroy, UCU's Operations Manager,
who was visiting the Ottawa service point this week. 

In Hamilton:
Yuriy Nesvit, acting manager of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited's
Hamilton Branch presents a donation to John Mykytyshyn from
St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Hamilton. Pictured in the
background are Yaroslava (Slava) Kamenetska, Halyna Cap and Irene Saly.
In St. Catharines:
Nestor Siolkowsky presents a donation on behalf of Ukrainian Credit Union
Limited for the Myrhorod Seniors Club in honour of the club's 40th anniversary.
Marcella Peshko accepted the donation on behalf of the seniors. The money will
help replenish the club's funds since they very generously bought a new freezer
for Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church.

In Brampton:
UCU Chief Operating Officer Roman Litwinchuk (second from left)
presents a donation to Lubomyr Bobyk, Walter Nahirniak and
Yaroslaw Nazarowicz, representatives of St. Elias  Ukrainian Catholic
Church in Brampton.

and in many other places. You can see a lot more photos on our Facebook page in the album titled: Donations, Sponsorships and Community Support.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hutsuls: $3,000 raised, $7,000 to go

Discover & Donate

A Hutsul wedding party
The Hutsul photo exhibit we've been telling you about has raised $3,000 in donations so far. However, to bring the exhibit to the Toronto Ukrainian Festival in September, the project needs to raise a total of $10,000.

Can you help the organizers bring this project to Toronto? If so,please visit their website and donate!!!


In the meantime, we leave you with a few more excepts from what you can expect to see.

Epiphany in Hutsulshchyna

This project is proudly supported by Ukrainian Credit Union Limited.

cure: blood cancer - NEW! to ChangeIt program

cure: blood cancer is the newest charity to sign on to our ChangeIt program. cure: blood cancer is a non-profit organization raising awareness on blood cancer and supporting blood cancer research projects at leading North American Institutions.

Over 100,000 Canadians are living with blood cancer and every 28 minutes someone else is diagnosed. Leukemia's make-up almost 50% of childhood cancer. The good news is that research is making a difference.

We encourage our members to find out more about cure: blood cancer at the organization's Facebook page or its website.

You can learn more about how you can give through the ChangeIt program on Ukrainian Credit Union's website.

Friday, July 5, 2013

In the Shadows of the Carpathians

As we reported earlier on the blog, French-Ukrainian photographer Youry Bilak is coming to the Toronto Ukrainian Festival this year! The upcoming photographic exhibition "In the Shadows of the Hutsuls" 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 website for the project is now up and running and you can visit it at this address:

In the meantime here are a couple more photos for you to enjoy.

You can see more photos on our FB page in the album titled Hutsuls by Youry Bilak.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Lemon Bucket Orkestra update

Sonya Szubelak, right, picks up her tickets from
Zoriana Bikusov at UCU's Mississauga branch
Just a few days to go before the Lemon Bucket Orkestra show on Friday! The first few winners of free tickets have already come by to claim them.

Looks like all the tickets are now claimed, but stay tuned, if any of the winners fail to pickup their tickets, then we might have a couple more to give away at the last minute.

We'll post other winners' pictures as they become available.

Here's a bit more about the show:

Iryna Mykytiuk, right, picks up her
tickets from Oksana Iwanusiw
at UCU's St. Demetrius branch
Toronto's beloved Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk Super Band, the LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA - hot off their second sold-out show at Lee's Palace in as many months - will once again host the Romanian sensations FANFARE CIOCARLIA in an electrifying double bill that will bring the red-hot phenomenon of Balkan music to the next level in Toronto. Hailing from the remote Romanian village of Zece Prajini, FANFARE CIOCARLIA have been dubbed one of the world's greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learnt their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers Fanfare's members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive. Friday July 5, at The Opera House 735 Queen St. East.

The full list of winners from our first five questions:

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

Also the following three people won for providing tips on saving money (they were randomly drawn from everyone who answered the question:

Taras Pater who said "Make your own varenyky instead of buying them. Or better yet, get babcha to make them as they will inevitably be better."

Cait R. Power who said "Buy one good thermos and never have to buy a monring coffee/tea ever again! The savings each month really add up."

Peter Hrycajkiw who said "It might be a pain to lug a cart of pasta from the grocery store, but buying in bulk saves me money. Getting non-perishable foods in bulk is always worth it in the long run."