Friday, November 29, 2013


No, it's not the newest political movement on the horizon, its the newest art show by renowned Toronto artist Pavlo Lopata! Details are on the poster.

RRSP Season is Here!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Zahrava Theatre Ticket Giveaway!

Visit our Facebook page and like the Zahrava contest image before December 2nd for a chance to win a pair of tickets! Click HERE to visit our Facebook page.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Unforgotten Shadows: A film to see

This film is a Hollywood-esque, bi budget (by Ukrainian standards) feature film out of Ukraine, Looks pretty spooky, like a cross between a Scream and some of the darker slasher films out there. Anyway, rather than write a bunch about it, we are going to post some graphics that tell you a bit of what you need to know. Click on the images to get a larger view.

Pre Christmas Retreat at St. Demetrius Church

St. Demetrius Church at 135 La Rose Ave in Toronto has asked us to share information about their pre-Christmas retreat with you.

In the Embrace of Christ


Pre-Christmas retreat in Ukrainian  with prayers before the Icon (embedded with his relics) of Blessed Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky.

Прийдіте поклонімось, 
народженому предвічно 
від Отця Божому Слову, 
що тіло прийняв від діви Марії…
(Стихири на вечірні гл. 2)

Come, let us bow down to the Word of God,
One who was born from eternity from the Father
and who took on flesh from the Virgin Mary...
(Verses from the Vesper Service)

Реколекції голосить: ієромонах Михайло Іваняк, редемпторист
(Префект Студентату, Львівська Провінція ЧНІ, Львів, Україна)
The retreat will be lead by the hieromonk Mykhaylo Ivanyak, Redemptorist
(Prefect of Students of the Lviv Redemptorist Province, Ukraine)

Розклад богослужень та реколеційних наук /

Networking evening update

Stin Hrycajkiw (right) of Ukrainian Credit Union gives advice to a student
We just got an update from Dr. George Foty, one of the key organizers of the Networking event held last Thursday. turns out that a good number of students who showed up might already be benefiting from potential jobs. Dr. George's words are below:

"Thanks again for your support. As a result of your commitment in helping our youth, the evening was not only engaging, but constructive. Hey it was fun too.

Although not the primary objective of the event, the evening has already resulted in one firm full time position, interviews in progress for 2 more, one summer job offer and 2-3 part time offers, interviews in progress....


George Foty"

That's an amazing result, we congratulate everyone who participated and look forward to meeting new people who will participate next time!

For more about the event click here.

For pictures visit the Networking Evening album on our Facebook page.

Hallowing the memory of victims of the Holodomor

UCCLA Media Release: Ottawa (22 November 2013) – For Immediate Release  

In 1953, Raphael Lemkin, the “father” of the United Nations Convention on Genocide, described the 1932-1933 famine in Soviet Ukraine as a “classic example of Soviet genocide.”  

In 2006, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada , affirmed that the Great Famine of 1932-1933 was an act of genocide. In May 2008 Canada’s parliament did likewise, establishing a national Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day. This year Saturday, 23 November 2013, marks the 80th anniversary of this man-made catastrophe.  

As Canadians of Ukrainian heritage, we call upon our fellow citizens of all faiths and nationalities to join us in hallowing the memory of the many millions of victims murdered by the Stalinist regime during the Holodomor, one of the greatest acts of genocide to befoul 20th century European history.  

- 30 –

For more information, please contact UCCLA at 

For information about UCU's food drive in commemoration of the Holodomor, please see this blog post.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Networking evening a success

Students and recent graduates gather in the hallway at St. Vladimir Institute
before the networking event got under way
On Thursday November 22, SUSK the Ukrainian Student organization and UCPBA-Toronto co-hosted a very successful networking event at St. Vladimir Institute in downtown Toronto. The event was a way to bring students and recent graduates together with people who have many years of experience in various fields. The students had an opportunity to pick whom they wanted to speak with and then had three 20-minute "speed date" session where they could ask all about their desired field of employment, make connections and learn something from other people's experience.

Michael Zienchuk, Manager of UCU's Wealth Strategies Group
chats with a pair of students
The event was the brain child of Dr. George Foty. Earlier in the year he put together a group of individuals and representatives of various organizations and tasked them with creating an infrastructure to provide networking opportunities for Ukrainian-Canadian youth in Toronto and surrounding areas. The group has worked together over the past few months to make this very successful event happen. Ukrainian Credit Union Limited was proud to be a sponsor of this event along with St. Vladimir Institute which very generously provided the space to hold the event.

The theatre at St. Vladimir Institute was packed with people and abuzz with conversations as students scrambled to ask as many questions as possible during the official round table portion. Each student could select up to 3 individuals to speak with and then had 20 minutes with each person they selected. Afterwards everyone stuck around to mingle and share more stories.

The turnout was fantastic in the words of the organizers. Some 75 people showed up of which more than fifty were students looking to make some important business connections and learn how to network.

The key message delivered both by the key note speaker George Horhota as well as many of the networkers was: "Don't be passive. Meet people. Network, network, network. Join clubs. Be active in your community. Don't be afraid to ask those with experience for advice. Give yourself a leg up on the thousands of other people who want the same job as you by being in touch with many people, who knows, one of them might be able to help you out.

If you missed last night's event, don't worry, there will be more. We are planning to hold two events a year. One in the spring and one in the fall. So keep an eye out on our website and facebook page for further news.

For more pictures please visit our Facebook page.

USOM Fall Exhibit at KUMF

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Baba's Kitchen

Have you ever wondered how your grandparents met? 

When Stephanie Turenko sat down with her grandmother to hear her life story, that was the one part she couldn't stop thinking about. Her grandparents arrived in Canada, both displaced persons, and fell in love under extraordinary circumstances. 

Stephanie decided to make a short animated film about their story. The film will take place in both the past and present as a conversation between a grandmother and her curious granddaughter. 

The film addresses the idea of how culture really connects us, whether it be finding a soul-mate or accepting your grandparents. 

Stephanie's grandmother is 85 and she want her desperately to see this film about a small, truly beautiful moment in her life.

Stephanie needs your help to make this all happen! Support her in creating this film about family history and connections we make through culture, music and food. 

She's using RocketHub, which is a crowdfunding website - it is not an investment or charity. It is an exchange: funds from you FOR rewards from her. You give and get something in return :)

You can learn more about this project here:

Zahrava Theatre turns 60

Zahrava Theatre is celebrating their 60th anniversary. Come celebrate with them.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Year's Eve and Malanka Parties

It is time for the month-long New Year's Eve and Malanka party to start. Already we have information about quite a few parties. The first few are on December 31 and there will be parties all the way through to at least January 25th. How many Malankas do you have the stamina to attend? There are a few posters below, the rest will be in this album on Facebook: New Year's Eve and Malanka.We'll update the album as we get new posters from folks.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A tearful farewell

Marc Sirard, CFO and Tatiana's current manager and Fred Petruk (retired)
who used to head up the department where Tatiana worked pose for a farewell photo.
Last week Tatiana Postolachi, who worked for many years as an accountant in our finance department worked her last day at Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. She is moving back to Europe to pursue some new opportunities. We wish her all the best, but are nevertheless sad to see her go.
Even Fat Cat came by to say good bye. For some reason he still had his
Halloween costume on from the night before.

Holodomor Memorial in Toronto

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sistema Toronto Yorkwoods Concert

Sistema Toronto Yorkwoods VERY FIRST Concert
Monday November 4, 2013 @ 5pm
Sistema Toronto friends and families we cordially invite you to our very first concert at our new centre at Yorkwoods Public School. It will be a moment to remember!

The students and artist faculty are eager to showcase and celebrate all that they have already accomplished this year.
Doors open at 4:45pm
Concert 5pm-6pm
Free Admission

Yorkwoods Public School
25 Yorkwoods Gate
Parking in front of the school

Also, you can help this group win some funding. Some of our members are taking part in this program so let's help them out by voting.

Today is the last day to vote for Sistema Toronto's project to get funding til 12 noon only. EVERY VOTE HELPS, because the competition is fierce!

Vote here: