President’s Message

 

 

Since 1940, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress has provided outstanding leadership, coordination and advocacy for Ukrainian Canadians. We have empowered and united our community and by building consensus, remaining committed to our grassroots and providing invaluable services.

We have recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of the UCC and the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.  We recognize our community’s contributions to the essential fabric of Canadian life and culture in building a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Canada. These milestones have enjoyed recognition nationwide with many provinces and communities dedicating special celebrations of the Ukrainian Canadian community.  In 2017 we were pleased to honour the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, paying tribute to the leadership role of youth.

This year we are also celebrating the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. As the Ukrainian people bravely defend themselves against Russia’s aggression, we must advocate for Ukraine with determination, resolve and unity of purpose. We will continue to tirelessly support the Ukrainian people until peace and prosperity returns to Ukraine.

I would like to recognize our organizations for their hard work in providing valuable services to the communities they serve. A heartfelt thanks to our donors as you fuel the work we do. Thank you to the thousands of volunteers across Canada that contribute countless hours to ensure we continue to build a conscientious community that cares for others.

The UCC is served by a dedicated Board of Directors, Committees that do the heavy lifting and an Executive Committee that has demonstrated unwavering energy, patience, and commitment – for which I am profoundly grateful. Sincere thanks to UCC’s Advisory Council, chaired by James Temerty, C.M. and UCC’s Ukraine Advisory Council, chaired by Bohdan Kupych who have provided a wealth of knowledge and support especially during very challenging times.  Significant recognition must be given to our hard working staff team, led by Chief Executive Officer Ihor Michalchyshyn, for their 24/7 work ethic and commitment to our community.

I am very privileged and proud to serve our community, Canada and the Ukrainian people. A very special thank you to my wife Adrianna, my children and my business partner for the support they provide on a daily basis for the benefit of our community.

Thank you and may God Bless all of you!

Paul Grod, UCC National President