February 9, 2022. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce the establishment of its branch on Prince Edward Island. The branch has united the growing Ukrainian community in the province.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Ukrainian community of Prince Edward Island into the UCC family. It is inspiring to see energetic and dedicated Ukrainians coming together and working towards common goals,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “Our Ukrainian Canadian community keeps growing and the UCC looks forward to supporting and assisting in the important work being done in PEI. Вітаємо!”
Over the last year, community leaders in Prince Edward Island focused on supporting displaced Ukrainians, growing the community, and celebrating the Ukrainian Canadian identity. Some of their accomplishments include:
- Fundraisers in support of the humanitarian needs of Ukrainians
- Celebration of the 31st Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence
- Becoming the main PEI support hub for Ukraine and Ukrainians coming to the province in partnership with IRSA
- Commemoration of the 89th anniversary of Holodomor for the first time in PEI
- Participation in the DiverseCity festival to celebrate multiculturalism
- Advocacy for the scholarship at PEI University and Holland College for Ukrainian students
“Joining the UCC is a great milestone for our new and vibrant community,” said Elina Lialiuk, President of the newly-established branch. “I am proud of the work we have done so far, and I look forward to fruitful engagement with the UCC in the year ahead!”
The UCC continues to work with representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Ontario to establish new branches in those provinces. We thank our dedicated Executive, who mentors, supports and shares best practices with the new communities to help them grow. You can find the list of the UCC branches here.