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Endowment at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, a United World College

In 1994 the Society initiated a national fundraising campaign to establish an endowment at Pearson College of the Pacific. The endowment provides qualified students from Ukraine the opportunity to complete a two year baccalaureate program at the college. The goal of $150,000 was successfully reached in 2000. To date 18 students have completed this program, and the majority subsequently have obtained scholarships to continue their undergraduate and graduate level degrees. The Society provides the students monthly stipends to meet personal expenses and Society members have served as host families for the students, when required.

The Society has initiated another fundraising campaign to raise an additional $150,000 for the Ukrainian studies endowment fund. In 2023 two students from Ukraine, that are receiving support from our Society, are attending the College. Additionally a recent Ukrainian immigrant to Canada, displaced by the war in Ukraine, has also received a full scholarship from the College.

Please help us make it possible to continue providing Ukrainian students access to an excellent education at this outstanding United World College.

Endowment at the University of Victoria

In 2005 the Society, in partnership with the Victoria branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association (UCPBA), initiated fundraising for an accredited Ukrainian studies course at the University of Victoria. The initial goal was $100,000. Although the UCPBA ceased operations in 2011 the Society was able to reached this goal in 2012. Through the Society’s influence the endowment is named “The Ukrainian Studies Legacy Endowment Fund”. Subsequently, the Society committed to continue fundraising to an increased target of $150,000, which was reached in 2017. Annual courses on modern Ukraine are provided in the recently renamed Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies previously known as the Department of Germanic and Russian Studies.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Since inception the Society has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships and bursaries to qualified students involved in post-secondary Ukrainian studies; participating in Ukrainian cultural activities such as Ukrainian dance; attending national conferences of the Ukrainian Canadian Student Union and the triennial Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Ukrainian Library Project

A project to update the catalogue system, facilities and utility of the Ukrainian Library located within the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria was initiated in 2020. The revitalised library was officially reopened October 2022. Over $33,000 was raised for the project through grants & individual donations. With these funds the library has been refurbished, a part-time librarian hired and more than 2,500 books and materials cataloged using the online Librarika system. This has enabled the offering of programs, activities and group meetings for children, students and adults.

Community and Cultural Support

The Society promotes and supports Ukrainian culture through a number of events and activities:
▪ Ongoing biennial “Ukrainian Christmas Traditions” event for the general public, functioning as a fundraiser, to celebrate and inform the community regarding Ukrainian traditions. The event features a 12 course Ukrainian Christmas dinner, carolling and a nativity pageant. This remains one of the Society’s most popular events for the general public.
▪ Co-sponsor and participant in the annual Taras Shevchenko concert and national Holodomor Awareness Day commemorations.
▪ In 2017 the Society participated in the highly successful 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada event at the Royal BC Museum.
▪ Organizing and supporting several public presentations on Ukrainian embroidery and folk costumes.
▪ Organiser, sponsor, co-sponsor of a number of other events including, Millennium of Christianity gala concert at the University of Victoria, Ukrainian Heritage Day, Forum on Eastern Christianity, carol singing festival, interdenominational concert of Eastern Christian music concert, music recitals – most notably by bandurist Julian Kytasty of international fame.
▪ Coordinated and sponsored several new and informative film viewings – Bitter Harvest and the documentary about the Canadian doctors’ missions to Ukraine providing medical aid to victims of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.

OUR WORK

In 1994 the Society initiated a national fundraising campaign to establish an endowment at Pearson College of the Pacific. The endowment provides qualified students from Ukraine the opportunity to complete a two year baccalaureate program at the college. The goal of $150,000 was successfully reached in 2000. To date 18 students have completed this program, and the majority subsequently have obtained scholarships to continue their undergraduate and graduate level degrees. The Society provides the students monthly stipends to meet personal expenses and Society members have served as host families for the students, when required.

The Society has initiated another fundraising campaign to raise an additional $150,000 for the Ukrainian studies endowment fund. In 2023 two students from Ukraine, that are receiving support from our Society, are attending the College. Additionally a recent Ukrainian immigrant to Canada, displaced by the war in Ukraine, has also received a full scholarship from the College.

Please help us make it possible to continue providing Ukrainian students access to an excellent education at this outstanding United World College.

In 2005 the Society, in partnership with the Victoria branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association (UCPBA), initiated fundraising for an accredited Ukrainian studies course at the University of Victoria. The initial goal was $100,000. Although the UCPBA ceased operations in 2011 the Society was able to reached this goal in 2012. Through the Society’s influence the endowment is named “The Ukrainian Studies Legacy Endowment Fund”. Subsequently, the Society committed to continue fundraising to an increased target of $150,000, which was reached in 2017. Annual courses on modern Ukraine are provided in the recently renamed Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies previously known as the Department of Germanic and Russian Studies.

Since inception the Society has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships and bursaries to qualified students involved in post-secondary Ukrainian studies; participating in Ukrainian cultural activities such as Ukrainian dance; attending national conferences of the Ukrainian Canadian Student Union and the triennial Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

A project to update the catalogue system, facilities and utility of the Ukrainian Library located within the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria was initiated in 2020. The revitalised library was official reopened October 2022. Over $33,000 were raised for the project through grants & individual donations. With these funds the library has been refurbished, a part-time librarian hired and more than 2,500 books and materials cataloged using the online Librarika system. This has allowed enabled the offering of programs, activities and group meetings for children, students and adults.

The Society promotes and supports Ukrainian culture through a number of events and activities:
▪ Ongoing biennial “Ukrainian Christmas Traditions” event for the general public, functioning as a fundraiser, to celebrate and inform the community regarding Ukrainian traditions. The event features a 12 course Ukrainian Christmas dinner, carolling and a nativity pageant. This remains one of the Society’s most popular events for the general public.
▪ Co-sponsor and participant in the annual Taras Shevchenko concert and national Holodomor Awareness Day commemorations.
▪ In 2017 the Society participated in the highly successful 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada event at the Royal BC Museum.
▪ Organizing and supporting several public presentations on Ukrainian embroidery and folk costumes.
▪ Organiser, sponsor, co-sponsor of a number of other events including, Millennium of Christianity gala concert at the University of Victoria, Ukrainian Heritage Day, Forum on Eastern Christianity, carol singing festival, interdenominational concert of Eastern Christian music concert, music recitals – most notably by bandurist Julian Kytasty of international fame.
▪ Coordinated and sponsored several new and informative film viewings – Bitter Harvest and the documentary about the Canadian doctors’ missions to Ukraine providing medical aid to victims of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.

INITIATIVES

Since the inception of the Ukrainian Studies Society in Victoria we have participated and/or provided support to many activities and programs. Some of the major accomplishments include the following:

Ongoing bi-annual “Ukrainian Christmas Traditions” event is one of the Society’s most popular events, functioning as a fundraiser to celebrate and inform the community regarding Ukrainian traditions. The event usually takes place early January and features a 12 course Ukrainian Christmas dinner, carolling and a nativity pageant. The event is open for the general public and with ticket pre-sale.

The Society is a co-organizer and participant of the annual concert named after Taras Shevchenko and the All-Ukrainian Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims.

In 2017 the Society participated in the highly successful 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada event at the Royal BC Museum.

Organizing and supporting several public presentations on Ukrainian embroidery and folk costumes.

Organiser, sponsor, co-sponsor of a number of other events including, Millennium of Christianity gala concert at the University of Victoria, Ukrainian Heritage Day,Forum on Eastern Christianity, carol singing festival, interdenominational concert of Eastern Christian music concert, music recitals – most notably by bandurist Julian Kytasty of international fame.

Coordinated and sponsored several new and informative film viewings – BitterHarvest and the documentary about the Canadian doctors’ missions to Ukraine providing medical aid to victims of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.

INITIATIVES

Since the inception of the Ukrainian Studies Society in Victoria we have participated and/or provided support to many activities and programs. Some of the major accomplishments include the following:

Ongoing bi-annual “Ukrainian Christmas Traditions” event is one of the Society’s most popular events, functioning as a fundraiser to celebrate and inform the community regarding Ukrainian traditions. The event usually takes place early January and features a 12 course Ukrainian Christmas dinner, carolling and a nativity pageant. The event is open for the general public and with ticket pre-sale.

The Society is a co-organizer and participant of the annual concert named after Taras Shevchenko and the All-Ukrainian Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims.

In 2017 the Society participated in the highly successful 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada event at the Royal BC Museum.

Organizing and supporting several public presentations on Ukrainian embroidery and folk costumes.

Organiser, sponsor, co-sponsor of a number of other events including, Millennium of Christianity gala concert at the University of Victoria, Ukrainian Heritage Day,Forum on Eastern Christianity, carol singing festival, interdenominational concert of Eastern Christian music concert, music recitals – most notably by bandurist Julian Kytasty of international fame.

Coordinated and sponsored several new and informative film viewings – BitterHarvest and the documentary about the Canadian doctors’ missions to Ukraine providing medical aid to victims of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.