June 29, 2021. Ottawa, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Charitable & Education Trust is pleased to announce that following an extensive national search process, Elizabeth Franceschini has been selected as the new UCC Parliamentary Intern for Fall 2021.
“Elizabeth is exceptionally talented and passionate about politics and government. We are proud to select her as our Parliamentary Intern for the coming year. Thank you to our many generous donors and supporters for making this program possible” said Roman Waschuk, member of the internship selection committee and former Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine.
Elizabeth will be starting her work placement in September 2021, working remotely from home until such time as health regulations allow for safe return to work in Ottawa.
“I’m very pleased to have been selected as the next UCC Parliamentary Intern. I look forward to starting my placement this fall and thank all those who continue to support the program,” said Elizabeth. “I feel that this will be an excellent way for me to gain a deeper understanding of Canada’s political system and am thankful for the space UCC provides to Ukrainian-Canadians. With increased Russian aggression against Ukraine haven taken place in the past few months, I see my work with the UCC as more important than ever.”
The Parliamentary Internship Program is a program of UCC Charitable & Educational Trust and is made possible through the generous support of individual and organizational donors, including the Roman Waschuk & Oksana Smerechuk Fund, Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund (through the Shevchenko Foundation, Ukrainian National Federation, and Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd. To see a full list of our donors and learn how you can make a donation to support this program please click here.
“The UCC Parliamentary Internship program provides the future leaders of the Ukrainian Canadian community with insights and experience in working in the Canadian Parliamentary and political process, to better serve the Ukrainian Canadian community in the future” said Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC National CEO
To learn more about the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program please visit our website.
About Elizabeth Franceschini
Born in Ternopil Ukraine, she grew up in Montreal, Quebec and speaks four languages. This past year Elizabeth graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Russian Studies. She was active in the McGill Ukrainian Students’ Association as Communications Director.
Elizabeth contributed to the McGill International Review about Ukraine and Russia’s war against Ukraine and ongoing occupation of Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. She was also a presenter at the Quebec Undergraduate Security Conference in 2021. Elizabeth has also worked as a volunteer with the Montreal Ukrainian Festival and with McGill-based NGO Junior Peacemakers.