UCC eNewsletter – March 2017

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OPERATION UNIFIER: CANADA’S MISSION TO UKRAINE RENEWED.
On March 6th, the Government of Canada announced that Canada’s military mission to Ukraine – Operation UNIFIER – is being extended until the end of March, 2019. The announcement was made by the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Since the announcement, Minister Sajjan has visited communities in Regina and Winnipeg. Learn More

UCC GIVES TESTIMONY
To Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development
On Thursday March 23, 2017 representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) gave testimony to Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, as they continued their study into the situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 years after the end of the Cold War.
Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC’s CEO, and Orest Zakydalsky, UCC’s Senior Policy Analyst, spoke to the committee about the key security and foreign policy challenges facing Ukraine and Eastern Europe.  To see video of the committee meeting click here and look for Meeting 53.

Full testimony (text) available here.

UCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF
Meet our new National Fund Development Manager Jane
Janine received her post-graduate diploma in Fundraising Management from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. She also has a BA degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies and Russian Language, and Literature from University of Toronto. She speaks English, Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian. Learn more about Jane here.

UCC BRITISH COLUMBIA UPDATE
Report from the CEO

Recently, Ambassador Shevchenko and UCC Executive Director Ihor Michalchyshyn visited community leaders and government officials in British Columbia. Learn more here.

RUSSIA’S ILLEGITIMATE CRIMEA REFERENDEUM
A Statement from the UCC
Three years ago, on March 16, 2014, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and occupation of Crimea, Russian “authorities” staged an illegal and illegitimate “referendum.” See our statement here.

CANADA150
Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial
Our Canada 150 project: ‘Youth Engagement Youth’, is underway.
Young people and their organizations from our community are reaching out to other communities and groups to host events celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.  Through provincial community animators UCC will be reaching out, with financial and other support, to groups from BC to Ontario to organize these events.  These can be anything from friendly inter-community soccer games, through public performances and parades to citizenship ceremonies.  You are limited only by your imagination.

Do you want to participate?  Do you have an idea for an activity? Contact our project manager.

INVICTUS: TEAM UKRAINE
An Update from our Committee
The Ukrainian Canadian community, through the UCC Invictus Games Organizing Committee (IGOC), is supporting the participation of Ukraine’s soldier-athletes in the Games in partnership with the Government of Ukraine. Learn more here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS & CORPORATE SPONSORS
The UCC kindly thanks all sponsors for their generous donations
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