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Dr. Petro Potichnyj – Featured Ukrainian Canadian

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On Sunday November 23, 2014 – members of the Ukrainian community in Hamilton had the opportunity to meet with local authors, listen to their ideas and buy their works. This initiative was organized by the President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Hamilton Branch Nadia Dusanowska and author Marsha Forchuk-Skrypuch. A tribute to Dr. Petro Potichnyj in recognition of his life’s work, creativity and accomplishments. The commemoration took place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Hamilton.

Dr. Petro Potichnyj
L-R: Nadia Dusanowska, Dr. Petro Potichnyj, Marta Forchuk-Skrypuch
Ms. Skrypuch, an author of over 18 books for which she has received multiple awards and praises, spoke about her beginnings, career path and the varying themes the encompass Ukrainian life both in the diaspora and in Ukraine; from the Holodomor to the struggle for freedom for the Ukrainian people, focusing her attention to young readers. Her most recent work, The Underground Soldier is dedicated to Dr. Potichnyj with whom she had had extensive conversations about the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) during World War II.
Ms. Dusanowska had the honour of presenting Dr. Petro Potichnyj, Professor Emeritus from McMaster University in Hamilton, author and Editor of the Annals of UPA.
Ms. Dusanowska had the honour of presenting Dr. Petro Potichnyj, Professor Emeritus from McMaster University in Hamilton, author and Editor of the Annals of UPA. Dr. Potichnyj completed his higher education with a B.A. from Temple University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His teaching career, in the area of Political Science, includes positions at Uppsala College, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, the Ukrainian Free University and McMaster University. He served as Dean of Law and Social Sciences at the Ukrainian Free University, as President and Secretary General of the Canadian Association of Slavists, and as Secretary of the International Committee of Soviet and East European Studies. He is a senior fellow of CERES at the University of Toronto; member of the Scholarly Council of the Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography in Kyiv; and honorary professor of East China University and the Lviv Polytechnic National University. He has written, co-written and edited 35 books and more than 100 scientific articles. He is also the Editor in Chief of the Litopys UPA series of documents and memoirs on the Ukrainian liberation struggle in the twentieth century (80 volumes published to date). In 2008 he was decorated by President Yushchenko of Ukraine with the Order of Merit III Class.
His most recent work, My Journey (available in both English and Ukrainian), depicts his various paths in life, from his youth in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army to his years as a university professor.
Dr. Potichnyj’s immediate family was in attendance, including his brothers, children, grandchildren as well as his beloved wife of 57 years Tamara, with whom the crowd honoured with the singing of Mnohaya Lita (Many Happy Returns) in recognition of their 57th anniversary. A sincere thank you to all who participated in this momentous and meaningful occasion in the history of community.

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Stelmach Honoured as UCBC Ambassador

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Editior’s Comments: Article reprint from “Ukrainian News” February 26 to March 11, 2013, by permission of Marco Levytsky, Editor and Publisher.
(UkrNews) – Former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach was inducted into the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada (UCBC) and named as an Honourary Ambassador for the Eparchy of Edmonton at a special ceremony at St. Josaphat’s Cathedral February 21, 2015.
As Ambassador, he will defend the faith, demonstrate an honourable and just Christian heritage and faithfully respect the integrity and truth of the brotherhood, noted Bishop David at the ceremony, which followed a Divine Liturgy and memorial Service for the victims of Canada’s first national internment operations which took place during World War I from 1914 to 1920.
In introducing Stelmach at the banquet which followed in the Parish Hall, Bro. Joseph Synyshyn explained that Stelmach’s duties will also include maintenance of faith and Ukrainian culture, evangelization and a commitment to social justice and youth development.
In his address, Stelmach noted that a person cannot achieve anything of significance in his or her life without the support of family and faith and spoke about the work of the Ed Stelmach Foundation whose purpose is to help children in need.
Hon. Bro. Ed Stelmach SashedThe Foundation currently has over $1 million in principle and will continue in perpetuity to help children in need through interest gained.
It has representation from Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Vegreville and has recently added scholarships to its programs.
Another topic he discussed was his grandfather’s original home which has been moved to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village as an historic building.
He noted that Alberta has grown so considerably in recent years that many people are not familiar with its history and it is necessary for the younger generation to learn about the sacrifices made by the original pioneers.

“The reason that house is special to our family and I think it would be a good thing to inform and educate the thousands of students that come to the Ukrainian Village every year is to ensure that we tell our story. Because if we don’t tell our story we will lose it within the next generation,” he said.

Bro. Synyshyn also spoke on the internment operation whose 100th anniversary commemoration began last summer with the unveiling of over 100 memorial plagues across Canada. During the internment over 8,000 were imprisoned as “enemy aliens” in 24 labour camps across Canada – five of which were in Alberta – not foe what they had done, but where they came from.
Over 5,000 of these were Ukrainians who had come to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he noted.
Father Michael Kowalchyk noted how the brotherhood was first formed over 80 years ago to defend the interest of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada and praised Stelmach as an example of what can be achieved.
During the banquet Brothers Orest Boychuk (Eparchial President) and John Boyko presented certificates to bros. Dr. Peter Kule, John Kowalchuk and Steve Ferenc, recognizing them as Knights of St. Volodymyr.

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Interment Memorial Stamp

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Stamps Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Canada’s First Internment Operations

Internment-Memorial-stamp16 December 2014 – Ottawa – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce that a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Canada’s First National Internment Operations is available for purchase.
During the First World War, thousands of Canadians, many of them of Ukrainian heritage, were designated “enemy aliens” and incarcerated under the War Measures Act in 24 internment camps across Canada, not for what they had done but for who they were or where they had come from. The Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF), undertook to design a Canada Post Picture Postage Permanent Stamp as part of their efforts to ensure that the story of Canada’s First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920 receive proper recognition among Canadians. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has organized these stamps to be made available to the general public through a grant by the Endowment Council of the CFWWIRF.
The stamp was officially unveiled on 31 March, 2014 at the Senate of Canada. The ceremony was hosted by the Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Senator, and attended by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Minister for Multiculturalism. Minister Kenney stated at the ceremony, “Although the internees are no longer with us, acts of recognition such as this commemorative stamp honour their memory, their sacrifice, and their devotion to Canada. I was honoured to work with the affected communities to establish the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund in 2008, and I am pleased to support this wonderful initiative.”
The CFWWIRF official logo, designed by international muralist and internee descendant Michelle Loughery was used as the image for this stamp. The colours of the logo deliberately lack vibrancy to reflect the sombre nature of the internment operations. The image of the blue maple leaf and the snowflakes conveys the coldness of the internment camps that were located behind the barbed wire fence.
“The Ukrainian Canadian community and the CFWWIRF have done enormous work to ensure that the story of Canada’s first national internment operations receive due attention in Canadian society,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “I congratulate everyone involved in the efforts to release a Canada Post stamp to honour the memory those whose basic rights were violated.”
The stamps are available for purchase in books of 12 at a cost of $15.00 per booklet at the following locations:

Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund
Andrea Malysh
Program Manager
202-952 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3P4
Phone: 204-589-4282
Toll Free: 1-866-288-7931
Email: malysh@internmentcanada.ca
UCC Head Office
203-952 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2W 3P4
Tel: 204-942-4627
Email: ucc@ucc.ca
UCC National Office
130 Albert Street, Suite 806
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5G4
Telephone: 613-232-8822

About CFWWIRF:  The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) was established to support projects that commemorate and recognize the experiences of all of the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920. For more information please visit: http://www.internmentcanada.ca/

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Internment Memorial Card to Commemorate 100th Anniversary WWI Internment Camp

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For the 2014 Brotherhood Recognition Day, the Eparchial Brotherhood developed an Icon Card to commemorate the beginning of the 100th Anniversary of Canada’s First World War Internment Camp Operations which will be commemorated for a 5 year period which already began in 2014 and will continue on until 2020.

Internment-Memorial-Card
The icon cards are designed by Bro. Joseph Synyshyn and normally depict the yearly proclamation for a specific yearly celebration as declared by the annual “Synod of Bishops” of the “Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church”.
The purpose if this Icon Card is to:

  • Make people aware of this atrocity.
  • That this really happened.
  • To remember all those that were interned.
  • To perhaps make some descendants aware of some ancestors that may have been interned.
  • To educate people about the “Canada War Measures Act”.
  • To inform that there were other ethnic peoples also interned, not only Ukrainians, although they were the majority.
  • The Brotherhood also prepared a Slide Show and presentation about the Internment which is being presented to:
  • Students enrolled in English/Ukrainian Bilingual Schools
  • Interested Clubs and Organizations
  • Ukrainian Catholic Parishes
  • Any other persons, clubs, organizations that express an interest in this atrocity.

The Icon Cards and presentation was developed by Bro. Joseph Synyshyn, KSV Director – Communications & Programs. Translation into Ukrainian was done by Bro. Radomir Bilash, President of the Brotherhood of St. George Ukrainian Catholic parish.
Brotherhood Recognition Day Icon Cards are prepared yearly for distribution to all Ukrainian Catholic Parishes in the Edmonton Eparchy on a Sunday that is designated as “Brotherhood Recognition Day” normally in November of each year.