On the solemn occasion of the International Holodomor Commemoration Day, November 25, 2023, the Ukrainian community of Calgary congregated at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor to pay homage to the victims of the Holodomor, a Genocide-Famine orchestrated by Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union against the Ukrainian people. The event, marked by a sense of remembrance and reflection, brought together individuals of all ages to remember and commemorate these atrocities.
We were honoured to present an award from the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium to retired Calgary Board of Education teach, Mrs Pamela Clark, for her thoughtful and creative lesson plan about the Holodomor. Mayor Gondek and UCC Calgary President, Danylo Moussienko, awarded Mrs Clark with the HREC Educator Award for Holodomor Lesson Plan Development. We would like to once again congratulate Mrs Clark on her award! You can read more here, regarding the award and the award recipient.
We would like to thank the following individuals who spoke during the Commemoration:
- Member of Parliament, Mr Pat Kelly
- Member of Legislative Assemble, Hon. Mr Ric McIver
- Member of Legislative Assemble, Ms Janet Eremenko
- Mayor of Calgary. Jyotti Gondek
- Mrs Pamela Clark, recipient of the 2023 HREC Educator Award
Finally, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in this gathering. Our sincere appreciation goes to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor for graciously hosting this event, clergy from each Ukrainian parish in Calgary for leading the Prayer service, and CYM Calgary for providing decoration and informative placards, and League of Ukrainian Canadian Women for preparing the Hungry Lunch and an informational table about the Holodomor. We trust that this event has been both meaningful and valuable to each attendee.
We remind everyone that 90 years since the Holodomor, russia is once again weaponizing food against Ukraine in effort to exterminate the Ukrainian language, culture, and people. Please continue to support Ukraine.