On the solemn occasion of National Internment Commemoration Day, October 28, 2023, the Ukrainian community of Calgary congregated at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church to pay homage to the victims of the WWI Internment Operations in Canada. The event, marked by a sense of remembrance and reflection, brought together individuals of all ages to remember and commemorate the atrocities experienced by Ukrainians during a challenging and dark period in Canada's past.
A notable aspect of this year's event was the resounding attendance of youth. It was heartening to witness the commitment to remembering and honoring the victims of the WWI Internment Operations. The presence of the younger generation underscored the community's dedication to preserving its history and ensuring that the stories of the past are not forgotten.
We would like to thank the following individuals who spoke during the Commemoration:
- Member of Parliament, Mr Tom Kmiec,
- Former Minister of Health, and Justice, Mr Tyler Shandro,
- UCC Calgary President, Dr. Danylo Moussienko.
We would also like to thank Ms Anna-Maria Zagirska, Ms Olya Glamazda, and Ms Ruslana Glamazda for coordinating and organizing this year's commemoration, with guidance from Mr. Borys Sydoruk, UCC National Internment Centenary Committee Chair.
Finally, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in this gathering, dedicating their time to delve into the history of the internment of Ukrainians in Canada. Our sincere appreciation goes to St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church for graciously hosting this event, Father Planchak and Father Hnativ for leading the Prayer service, and Dr. Linda Dudar for her coordination of the choir. Most significantly, we express deep gratitude to the youth and members of the Calgary community who graced this occasion, including the members of the CYM Calgary and Plast Calgary. We trust that this event has been both meaningful and valuable to each attendee.
Ukrainian Day in the Park 2023 - A Resounding Success!
On August 26, 2023, Calgary's vibrant Ukrainian Community came together to continue the Independence Day celebrations with a spectacular 'Ukrainian Day in the Park.' Held under the clear skies of Ukrainian Pioneer's Park, this event was a celebration of culture, community, and unity.
🎉 Highlights of the Day:
🏞️ City of Calgary: A big shoutout to the City of Calgary for providing the beautiful greenspace and ensuring our safety by closing adjacent roadways.
🌟 Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Thank you to everyone who made this day so memorable. We look forward to seeing you again next year! 🇺🇦🎉
З Днем Незалежності, Україно! We were honoured to see so many attendees at the Flag-Raising Ceremony held today at Municipal Plaza in honour of Ukraine's Independence Day! Thank you to everyone who attended including dignitaries such as our honoured speaker Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Councillor Terry Wong - Ward 7 City Councillor for your ongoing solidarity!
Speakers for the event included UCC-Ukrainian Canadian Congress - UCC Calgary Branch President Dr. Danylo Moussienko and Iryna Moroz, who also spearheaded the "Rushnyk Peremohy" initiative. A "Cloth of Victory," hand-sewn in Ukraine and by members of Calgary's Ukrainian community and blessed by Fr. Roman Planchak, was presented to Mayor Gondek and the City of Calgary as a symbol of the Ukrainian community's gratitude for their ongoing and unwavering solidarity!
Guest performances featured anthem singer Lyudmyla Rukavitsyna-Heath and a performance by Pereveslo Choir led by Kateryna Saxon and accompanied by pianist Ivan Kharlamov. Thank you to the talented Anastasiia Haiduchenko for serving as emcee as well as to UCC-Calgary's new Official Correspondent Anhelina Taran for sharing community updates. Please visit her YouTube channel for more information and weekly UCC community updates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G0Y04vzKHc
Sincere thanks to Halya Wilson for organizing the event as well as to Alexander Iwasyk for audio support, Oleksandr Zagirskyy and Echoes of Ukraine YYC for photo/video coverage, and Olya Glamazda and Ruslana Glamazda and all additional helping hands!
КУК Калґарi дякує всім за участь у марші до Дня вишиванки 18 травня 2023 року. Це був справді особливий день для нас, щоб відзначити нашу прекрасну українську культуру, вшанувати нашу історію та предків, а також визнати звірства, які відбуваються в Україні сьогодні, і ті, яких зазнали кримські татари 79 років тому. Були присутні близько 500 осіб
Ми також дуже раді успішному груповому фото Живого Тризуба. Дякую нашому пілоту дрону Данилу Роману. Ми також дякуємо членам UCC Калгарі, які організували та провели захід. Слава Україні!
UCC Calgary would like to thank everyone for participating in the May 18, 2023 Vyshyvanka Day march. It was a truly special day for us to celebrate our beautiful Ukrainian culture, to honor our history and forebears, and to recognize the atrocities taking place in Ukraine today and those endured by the Crimean Tatars 79 years ago. We are also very excited about the successful group photo of the Living Trident. Close to 500 people attended!
Thanks to our drone pilot Danylo Roman, and for getting the necessary permits to fly a drone in downtown Calgary. We also thank the members of UCC Calgary who organized and hosted the event.
Watch the video highlight here
UCC Calgary hosted the Annual Shevchenko Concert at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday March 12, 2023. The hall was completely full, and featured several performances by Calgary Ukrainian organizations, choirs, instrumentalists, and soloist. Thank you to all the performers, attendees, and volunteers. A special thank you to our lead organizer Christya Moussienko, the talented Anhelina Taran for emceeing the concert, and ABVM for providing the space.
We would also like to thank Oleksandr Zagirskyy and Echoes of Ukraine YYC for filming the event, and Danylo and Mikhajlo Moussienko for providing audio and lighting technical support. Stay tuned for the concert video!
Thank you to our amazing performers for your sincere and beautiful performances. Thank you our incredible team of rally volunteers and all helping hands for helping before, throughout, and after the event, including taking interviews, ushering in folks from the cold indoors after the location change, helping distribute candles, setting up flags, and more. Thank you for volunteering your time and willingness to help at every turn!
A special thank you to the City of Calgary for accommodating this event indoors on such a cold night.
Our event received significant media coverage, including:
Global News https://globalnews.ca/.../calgarians-stand-in-solidarity...
Once again, we express our sincere thanks to all who attended, participated in, and made this event such a strong show of strength, resilience, and resistance. Together we are unbreakable, and together Ukraine will achieve victory!
Слава Україні! Героям Слава!.
Благодійний Концерт до Дня БатькаUkrainians Welcome Fair and Father's Day Charitable Concert, June 19
Due to thunderstorm, we could not hold the event as planned in the park. We are particularly grateful to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Calgary AB for hosting the
Ukrainians Welcome Fair and Father's Day Charity Concert, June 19
Special thank you to Fr. Roman Planchak, Chrystia Moussienko and Oksana Dawid!
A huge shout-out to Katya Urrutia Currie for choosing UCC Calgary and support for Ukraine and Ukrainians fleeing the war as part of 100 Kids Who Care Calgary! There was not a dry eye in the audience! Thank you for your compassion and generosity!
We kindly thank from the bottom of our heart to all organizations who joined and made the Ukrainians Welcome Fair happen (in alphabetical order)
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association
Calgary Public Library
Centre for Newcomers
FHL Football Hockey Link Society
Immigrant Services Calgary
League of Ukrainian Canadian Women
Parachutes for Pets
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - SAIT
St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor
The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Society
Ukrainians of Calgary Association
Vykrutas School of Ukrainian Dance
We kindly thank from the bottom of our heart Tim Hortons for their generous serving of coffee, hot chocolate and timbits!
We kindly thank to Kathy Bohdan from the bottom of our heart for organizing the free food for the event and to Superstore, Canadian Wholesale and Kathy Bohdan for their sponsorship to feed hundreds of people!
We thank Merited Artist of Ukraine Ihor Bohdan for envisioning and organizing this special event to welcome Ukrainians fleeing war in Calgary and mark the Father's Day amidst the ongoing full scale barbaric attack of Russia against Ukraine. Thank you to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Calgary AB for hosting the event.
Thank you to amazing talents in our community and who recently arrived from Ukraine!
Merited Artist of Ukraine Ihor Bohdan
Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble Calgary, Calgary Bandurysty - Ukrainian Youth Association - CYM Calgary
Iryna Kalinovich, Tetyana Onyshchenko, Beata Pasieka, Slava Sles & Todd Scott
Khrystyna Lyalyuk, Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Society, Vykrutas School of Ukrainian Dance
Thank you to Khrystyna Zagirska for hosting children's table and to Kathy Bohdan for donating face painting supplies and to Olena Hrytseva for supporting CYM Bandurysty costumes.
We are grateful to Echoes of Ukraine: Oleksandr Zagirskyy and Mykhailo Moussienko for video and sound support!
Thank you to Vasyl Sawchuk for his support and management of the sound side of the concert!
We thank many volunteers who supported the effort: moving many chairs and tables, translating at the pavilion, helping with children's activities and food station!
Since the full scale war broke on February 24, 2022, UCC Calgary organized the following rallies, including a large event at the City Hall:
February 24 - Peace Bridge;
February 27 - Holodomor Monument;
March 6 - Calgary City Hall, Municipal Plaza;
April 9 - Memorial Drive
June 4 - St. Vladimir's - Olympic Plaza - Stephen Ave
with thousands in attendance, strong political support across all government levels, comprehensive media coverage. Our youth leaders contributed greatly into planning and delivery of the events. We thank Her Worship Dr Jyoti Gondek and Members of City Council, MP Kmiec, MP Rempel Garner, and other MPs and MLAs who joined, Bohdan Romaniuk, Stephania Romaniuk, Ihor Bohdan, Slava Sles, Representatives of other Ethnic Communities, including from Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and other. Special thank you to ColossoVision for their generosity and support at March 6 event.
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported!
Молимось за Україну! Ще не вмерла Україна!
Calgary commemorated Holodomor victims. Громада в Калґарі вшанувала пам'ять жертв Голодомору 1932-33 років
Calgary commemorated victims of the Famine-Genocide Holodomor of 1932-33. Громада в Калґарі вшанувала пам'ять жертв Голодомору 1932-33 років - геноциду українського народу комуністичним режимом Сталіна з метою знищення української нації, ідентичності і духу.
Щира подяка Отцю Патрику і Церкві Святого Володимира за їх вагому роль в організації вшанування Голодомору. Щиро дякуємо всім учасникам. Special thank you to Fr. Patrick and St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor for hosting the commemoration and to all participants, speakers and organizers:
Master of Ceremonies: Ewa Sudyk
Holodomor Descendants: Nina Chumak & Larysa Faulkner
ПАНАХИДА: Commemorative Service for the Holodomor victims
Fr. Patrick Yamniuk, St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor
Fr. Roman Planchak, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
Fr. Michael Bombak, St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church
Cantor: Greg Syrnick, St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor
Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament
Dr. Jyoti Gondek, Mayor of Calgary
Aleksander Iwasyk, President of the Ukrainian Students Society
National Anthems of Canada and Ukraine: Greg Syrnick, St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor
Photography by Anna-Mariya Zagirska
October 28 is National Internment Commemoration Day in Canada. On that day we commemorate Canada’s First National Internment Operations (1914-1920). Under that policy carried out between 1914 and 1920, 8,579 men, and some women and children, were interned as “enemy aliens” by the Canadian government, acting under the authority of the War Measures Act. That number included 5,954 Austro-Hungarians, most of whom were ethnic Ukrainians. The UCC Calgary Branch hosted an Internment Commemoration at St. Stephen's Protomartyr Catholic Church on Sunday, October 24th at 6:30 PM.
Ми згадуємо національні операції інтернування в Канаді під час Першої світової війни (1914–1920 рр.). Тисячі осіб, більшість яких були українського походження, були ув’язнені в концентраційних, трудових таборах по всій Канаді. Пам'ятаємо.
Панахида і програма пройшла в церкві Св. Стефана, у неділю 24 жовтня о 18:30.
Livestream recording is available at the following link. Пряма трансляція була доступна за цим посиланням в YouTube: https://youtu.be/7gCEloLeDOE
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Calgary Branch is grateful to (alphabetically):
Fr. Michael Bomback,
Dr. Linda Dudar,
Echoes of Ukraine TV Program,
Premier Jason Kenney,
Fr. Roman Planchak,
Minister Tyler Shandro,
Fr. Patrick Yamniuk.
A special thank you to St. Stephen’s Protomartyr Ukrainian
Catholic Church for hosting the annual National Internment Day
Photography by Anna-Mariya Zagirska
In partnership with Echoes of Ukraine, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Calgary Branch organized a Flag Raising Ceremony and Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence at the Municipal Complex Plaza in Calgary on August 24, 2021.
Урочисто відзначили 30-ту річницю Незалежності України в м. Калґгарі. Урочисте підняття Національного Прапора України на території муніципалітету м. Калґарі, розгортання 30-метрового Прапора і концерт, 24 серпня, 2021 року, Калґарі, Альберта, Канада. Щира подяка всім, хто допоміг організувати і провести урочистий захід, за чудові виступи наших талантів і лідерів, і всім хто прийшов! Слава Україні!
Thank you to Echoes of Ukraine for their collaboration: Danylo Moussineko, Andrei Dawid, Oleksandr Zagirskyy, Anna-Mariya Zagirska, Khrystyna Zagirska!
Thank you to our team at UCC Calgary, Echoes of Ukraine and CYM Calgary for helping to set it all up and providing decor.
Special thank you to all performers and speakers who made this anniversary and day so memorable!
Reverend Father Roman Planchak, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Calgary AB
Flag raising: Oleksandr Danylejko, Consul General of Ukraine; Khrystyna Zagirska, CYM Calgary; Yaroslav Khudych, Plast Calgary
Iryna Kalinovich, Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble
Oleksandr Danyleiko, Consul General of Ukraine in Edmonton
Orysia Boychuk, President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council
The Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM), Calgary Branch
Calgary Bandurysty (CYM Calgary)
Shane Gibson, Tryzub
Members of Surma Choir joining Bozhe Velyky Edyny singing
Tremendous photography by Khrystyna Zagirska and Anna-Mariya Zagirska