June 28, 2023. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program the UCC was able to hire four summer students, giving them relevant work experience and a great summer employment opportunity.
Everyone on the UCC team is looking forward to having these students be apart of the day-to-day operations of our organization, including working on our social media presence, daily communications, and assisting in planning UCCs programming within the coming months. We hope that you will welcome them within our UCC community!
Below are profiles on our summer students – Alexander A, Maxim, Maria, and Alexander Z:
Alexander Antonyuk is entering his fourth year of Business Management at Toronto Metropolitan University majoring in Law and Business. At TMU, he works beside executives at the Ukrainian Students Club to help promote local cultural figures and help involve student youth in Ukrainian Culture. Alexander has also actively helped out the Ukrainian community through his experience in the esports environment to arrange gaming charity streams in which all donations were used to help with humanitarian aid for Ukrainian citizens, with one singular gaming stream amounting close to $1000. As an aspiring lawyer, he is focusing his studies to help advance Ukrainian peoples’ interests and protecting their rights. Alex is extremely excited to work with the UCC this summer to help the Ukrainian-Canadian community as well as many Ukrainians back home.
Max has recently completed his studies at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, focusing on International Development studies. He has been a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Winnipeg his entire life and has always been active in parish life as an altar boy and member of the Cathedral Choir. Max has been involved with CYMK – Ukrainian Orthodox Youth for 19 years and has held positions at all levels, Junior, Senior, Regional and National Executive. Max’s love of travel has inspired him to work within the Humanitarian Aid sector. Max wants to eventually work within the International NGOs and had the opportunity to work with an NGO in Ukraine during the summer of 2022 called Community Self-Help. Max hopes that he will be able to travel to Ukraine again to assist in any capacity in the future.
Maria-Halya Waleed is entering her second year of Bachelor of Arts Honours, majoring in Anthropology at Carleton University. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began, she has volunteered at various organizations, including the Maidan Market. There, she has been actively packing and sorting supplies for Ukrainians coming to Canada and those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Poland. During her time there, she has been a great help to many Ukrainian newcomers by assisting them in finding essential items and housing. Maria deeply loves her Ukrainian heritage; she is thrilled to be working for the UCC this summer and having the opportunity to positively impact the Ukrainian-Canadian community by sharing and celebrating Ukrainian culture. During her free time, Maria enjoys drawing and taking night drives.
Alexander Zamer is entering his third year of studies at the University of Toronto, enrolled in the History, European Affairs and Ukrainian Studies programs. He is the vice-president of the Ukrainian student’s club at his university and plays a very active role in the Ukrainian student life there. Along with years dedicated to PLAST and making music on the piano and accordion, Alexander has taken a keen interest in Ukrainian-Canadian relations as well as helping newcomers from Ukraine find a home in Canada. Alexander is looking forward to helping strengthen Canadian-Ukrainian relations through dedicated work at the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress.