History

Presidents of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress

 

  First Name Last Name Years Served
Rev. Dr. Wasyl Kushnir 1940-1953; 1959-1971
Mr. Antony Yaremovich 1953-1957
Very Rev. Dr. Samuel W. Sawchuk 1957-1959
Dr. Peter Kondra 1971-1974
Dr. Serge Radchuk 1974-1980
Mr. John Nowosad 1980-1986
C.M., M.D. Dmytro Cipywnyk 1986-1992
Q.C. Oleh Romaniw 1992-1998
Q.C. Eugene Czolij 1998-2004
Ms. Orysia Sushko 2004-2007
Mr. Paul Grod 2007-present

 

Congresses of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress


I (First) Congress, June 22-24, 1943 in Winnipeg, MB

Slogan “Victory and Freedom”  Over 600 delegates

President – Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir

II (Second) Congress, 1946 was held in Toronto, ON

President Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir

Appointed Executive Director – Mr. M. W. Kochan

III (Third) Congress, 1950 in Winnipeg, MB

President Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir

IV (Fourth) Congress, July 8-10, 1953 in Winnipeg, MB

President 1953-1957 – A. I. Yaremovich

V (Fifth) Congress, July 5-7, 1956 in Winnipeg, MB

President A. I. Yaremovich

VI (Sixth) Congress, July 9-12, 1959 in Winnipeg, MB

Opened by the Rev. W. Kushnir, who returned to his post as President UCC.

VII (Seventh) Congress, July 5-7, 1962 in Winnipeg, MB

President Rev. W. Kushnir

VIII (Eight) Congress, October 9-11, 1965 in Winnipeg, MB

President Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir

Executive Director, W. Kochan

(Purchase of a building at 456 Main Street in Winnipeg)

IX (Ninth) Congress, October 11-14, 1968 in Winnipeg, MB

President Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir

Executive Director Dr. S. J. Kalba (he had replaced W. Kochan who had passed away in 1966)

The First World Congress of Free Ukrainians initiated by the UCC, took place in November 1967 in New York.

X (The Tenth) Congress, October 8-11, 1971 in Winnipeg, MB

President Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir

ED Dr. S. J. Kalba

XI (Eleventh) Congress, October 11-14, 1974 in Winnipeg, MB

Dr. P. A. Kondra the first UCC President under the rotational system which had been approved at the previous Congress.

ED Dr. S. J. Kalba

XII (Twelfth) Congress, October 7-10, 1977 in Winnipeg, MB

President Dr. S. Radchuk

XIII (Thirteenth) Congress, October 10-13, 1980 in Winnipeg, MB

President Dr. Serge Radchuk (elected president for the second term)

XIV (Fourteenth) Congress, October 7-10, 1983 in Winnipeg, MB

President John Nowosad

XV (Fifteenth) Congress, October 7-10, 1986 in Winnipeg, MB

President John Nowosad (elected president for the second term)

As recommended by the 14th Congress, the UCC Ottawa Branch temporarily assumed responsibility as the Ottawa Bureau of the UCC, and was headed by B. Sirsky.

XVI (Sixteenth) Congress, October 6-9, 1989 in Winnipeg, MB

President Dr. D. Cipywnyk

Executive Director Wasyl Werbeniuk

UCC Information Bureau in Ottawa, headed by A. Hluchowecky, was opened October 1987.

The Congress approved change of name from the Ukrainian Canadian Committee to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

The central office of the UCC experienced important staff changes.  Mr. A. Yaremovich resigned as ED in 1984.  Mr. G. Weretelnyk was appointed to this post in August 1985, however, he resigned in June 1986, Anne Wach, initially long time Executive Secretary, subsequently Assistant Executive Director, resigned June 1986.  Lydia Hawryshkiw was appointed Executive Secretary in August 1986.

The office staff has been stabilized with the appointment of Mr. Wasyl Werbeniuk as Executive director in 1987 and the promotion of Lydia Hawryshkiw to Assistant Executive Director.

XVII (Seventeenth) Congress, October 8-11, 1992 in Winnipeg, MB

President Dr. D. Cipywnyk (elected president for the second term)

XVIII (Eighteenth) Congress, October 6-9, 1995 in Winnipeg, MB

President Oleh Romaniw

ED Lydia Hawryshkiw

XIX (Nineteenth) Congress, October 9-12, 1998 in Winnipeg, MB

President Oleh Romaniw (elected president for the second term)

ED Lydia Hawryshkiw

XX (Twenties) Congress, October 5-7, 2001 in Winnipeg, MB

President Eugene Czolij

ED Lydia Hawryshkiw

Acting ED Lesia Szwaluk (1999-2000)

XXI (Twenty First) Congress, October 1-3, 2004 in Winnipeg, MB

President Eugene Czolij (elected president for the second term)

Acting ED Rick Mantey

ED Ostap Skrypnyk

In 2005 changed location of head office from 456 Main St. to: Grain Exchange Building

167 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg, MB

XXII (Twenty Second) Congress, October 19-21, 2007 in Winnipeg, MB

President Orysia Sushko

ED Ostap Skrypnyk

XXIII (Twenty Third) Congress, November 5-7, 2010 in Edmonton, AB

President Pavlo Grod

Executive Director Taras Zalusky