UCC Board Concludes Successful Strategic Planning Session
December 16, 2016. On the weekend of December 3, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Board of Directors, along with special guests, gathered in Toronto to undertake a strategic planning session. The session focused on developing the resolutions set out by the recent UCC Triennial Congress as well as other key priorities.
Directors from across Canada represented their member organizations and created detailed plans to operationalize these resolutions to address the needs and priorities of our Ukrainian community.
The board determined three strategic pillars for the upcoming term of the Congress. These pillars will be used as a lens which will inform the UCC’s activities for the next three years:
- Developing our Ukrainian Canadian Community;
- Celebrating and Advancing our Ukrainian Canadian Identity;
- Supporting Ukraine;
Dr. Roman Petryshyn, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) delivered an insightful presentation surrounding the history and cultural identity of our Ukrainian Canadian community. The presentation encouraged critical thought concerning the UCC’s role in representing the 1.3 million Ukrainians across Canada.
Committees and Advisory Councils
The UCC is supported by strong and focused committees who work in specialty on short and long term bases. Following each Triennial Congress, these committees are disbanded and the board must restructure the committees to deliver its strategic outcomes for the next cycle.
The committees adopted this weekend for the current term include:
- 125th Anniversary of Immigration
- 2019 Triennial Congress
- Awards & Recognition
- Canada Ukraine
- Civic Engagement
- Community Development
- Invictus Host Committee
- Museums, Archives and Research Institutions
- National Holodomor Awareness
- National Holodomor Education
- Religious Affairs
- School Council
- Ukraine Appeal
- Ukrainian Canadian Arts Council (UCAN)
The UCC is also served by the Advisory Councils, who offer expertise in particular areas of interest from time to time. These councils include:
- Academic Advisory Council
- Council of Ukrainian Canadian Journalists
- Council of Ukrainian Canadian Media
- Legal Advisory Council
- UCC Advisory Council
- Ukraine Advisory Council
- Youth Advisory Council
Outcomes of the Strategic Planning Session
The board members met with community chairs and developed specific plans pertaining to each committee to address each of the resolutions set out by the Triennial Congress. Some notable examples include:
- Project Link, which will enable local community members to inform their Members of Parliament on issues concerning the Ukrainian Canadian community.
- Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program, which will provide opportunities in youth leadership at the federal level in Ottawa.
- Holodomor Awareness, who are embarking on an internationally based plan to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the famine-genocide.
- National School Council, which will standardize curriculums on Ukrainian history and implement best practices into ridni shkoly, bilingual, and heritage schools.
- Religious Affairs Committee, which will strengthen linkages between the UCC and religious groups which serve the Ukrainian community.
To demonstrate the UCC’s commitment to its resolutions, our committees will share terms of reference online at https://www.ucc.ca/programs/committees/. The committees will make deliberate efforts to build committee membership and share information regarding their work plans.
The UCC is now looking for community members to work with us to help deliver these initiatives. You can learn more by calling our office or completing the Committee Volunteer Application form online (click on the link below)