July 6, 2022 Ottawa. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program the UCC was able to hire four summer students once again. The Canada Summer Jobs program allows many community organizations to hire students, giving them relevant work experience and a great summer employment opportunity.
“We look forward to working with this year’s talented and motivated students, who will assist with the day-to-day operations of the UCC, including communications, research and planning for this fall’s Triennial Congress, among other tasks. This program is an excellent opportunity for youth to gain valuable experience and support our Ukrainian organizations across the country” says UCC Executive Director Ihor Michalchyshyn.
Below are profiles on our summer students – Andriy, Anna, Tetyana, and Zoya:
Andriy Shwec is entering his third year of studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, majoring in History. At York University, he is the Vice-President of the Ukrainian Students Club at York and on the executive of the History Club at York. Andriy has been involved with Plast for most of his youth and especially enjoys attending summer camp. When Russia escalated its military action in Ukraine on February 24th of this year, Andriy helped organize many demonstrations in support of Ukraine in Toronto. He enjoys playing golf, tennis, guitar, reading, and playing board games. Andriy is excited to spend the next weeks working for the UCC and help both Ukraine and the Ukrainian Canadian community.
Anna Waschuk is entering her fourth year of the Arts & Science program with a minor in History at McMaster University. At McMaster University she served as part of the McMaster Ukrainian Student Association (MUSA). She has spent many years being involved with Plast in Ottawa and Kyiv and had the opportunity to live in Kyiv from 2015-2019. During this period, she saw Ukraine rebuild and reinvent itself after the Maidan Revolution, gaining a stronger insight and appreciation of Ukrainian culture. In her spare time Anna enjoys drawing and museum hopping. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the community and build connections!
Tetyana Dyachyshyn is studying at the University of Manitoba in the Arts program, majoring in Anthropology. She has already obtained her first undergraduate degree from the same university and program, majoring in Ukrainian. Tetyana is deeply involved in her community and worked at the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre as an Archival Assistant and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada Manitoba Branch as a Collections Assistant in the past two years. She is currently serving as the President for the University of Manitoba Ukrainian Students’ Association. Tetyana has participated in the National SUSK Congress in 2019 and 2022 as a registered delegate for the University of Manitoba Ukrainian Students’ Association. Tetyana is excited to work for the UCC this summer and to contribute to the Ukrainian-Canadian community and promote Ukrainian culture
Zoya Shwec has recently completed her Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.) and will be pursuing her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the Université de Montréal this fall. She has been involved in the Ukrainian Montreal community from a very young age and has had the opportunity to take on several leadership roles. These include being president of the Association étudiante ukrainienne de l’Université de Montréal (AEUUM) since 2020, an active member and youth counsellor at CYM throughout the years, an integration aide and translator for new arrivals from Ukraine, and a volunteer at numerous community events. In her spare time, Zoya enjoys running, rollerblading, skiing, sailing, and especially cooking and baking with her grandmother from whom she learns Ukrainian traditional recipes.