UCC announces Canada 150 Community Animators


The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is excited to announce the selection of five Community Animators as part of the UCC’s Canada 150 project “Youth Engaging Youth”.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress will work with our member organizations and community across the country to organize youth-led and driven Canada 150 celebratory events.

Community animators will organize events (cultural, entertainment, sport, etc.) and work in partnership with youth from Indigenous communities, and youth from other ethnocultural and linguistic backgrounds in OntarioManitobaSaskatchewanAlberta and British Columbia.

  • Galyna Paliychuk, British Columbia
  • Christina Kushka, Alberta
  • Nykole King, Saskatchewan
  • Orycia Karpa, Manitoba
  • Sofiya Yusypovych, Ontario

“These young people have a passion for our community and are excited about sharing our culture,” said Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC Chief Executive Officer.  “ They will work with volunteers, and youth across the country to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our great country.”

Borys Gengalo (Borys@ucc.ca) has already begun work as UCC’s Canada 150 National Project Manager.  A new UCC Canada 150 website will be launched in early May, and will feature event and program information.  This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada’s Department of Heritage Canada 150 Fund.

Do you want to participate?  Do you have an idea for an activity? Contact our team at Canada150@ucc.ca to learn how you can take part!


See below for backgrounder on UCC Canada 150 Community Animators


 GP BRITISH COLUMBIA: Galyna Paliychuk       Galyna@ucc.ca Galyna comes to us with experience building student organizations in Ukraine and Sweden.  In Canada she has been active in a number of Ukrainian Canadian and wider community groups.  Having completed a legal education in Ukraine, she has taught courses on ethics to business students in Canada.


 CK ALBERTA:  Christina Kushka      Christina@ucc.ca Studying at the University of Alberta  to become a teacher, Christina has been a leader with Plast for a number of years.  She has volunteered with the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and has been active in both her school and wider community


 NK SASKATCHEWAN:  Nykole King      Nykole@ucc.ca Currently doing a BA in International Studies at the U of Saskatchewan, Nykole writes for university students’ paper and for the Ukrainian Student Union of Canada’s  Student.  As volunteer with a wide range of community and student organizations she has developed skills in management, community relations and public relations.
 OC MANITOBA: Orycia Karpa      Orycia@ucc.ca A student at University of Winnipeg, Orycia has worked in a number of marketing positions with commercial firms.  Her extensive experience in our community has focused on similar duties at the University of Winnipeg Ukrainian Students’ Association, Member Liaison for the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Youth Ambassador for the Kyiv Pavilion at Folklorama.
 SK ONTARIO: Sofiya Yusypovych      Sofiya@ucc.ca


Sofiya is currently in the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University. As a student leader in her faculty, as well as a long-time member of Plast Ukrainian Youth Association, she has a strong background in community activism. Her experience is rounded out by work as the Vice President of Events (also, the newly elected President) on her program’s Course Union, a volunteer translator during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine and a youth camp councillor in Canada.







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