UWC welcomes project of the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University
“Quotes about the meaning and work of the WCFU and UWC”
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomes the project “Quotes about the meaning and work of the WCFU and UWC” launched in the framework of the 50th anniversary of the UWC by the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations (IIECDR) of Lviv Polytechnic National University under the leadership of Director Dr. Iryna Kluchkovska.
The social media campaign will compile and present quotes about the UWC,and its predecessor, World Congress of Free Ukrainians (WCFU), from a broad spectrum of individuals including Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian church, community and political leaders from around the world. The campaign designed for social media sites will raise awareness of the past and present achievements of the UWC, and its relevance throughout its 50-year history.
The project is one of several that will be produced by the IIECDR throughout 2017, including a travelling exhibit about the UWC that will primarily engage students at Ukrainian educational institutions and include a digital media component.
The IIECDR will also be hosting Ukrainians from around the world on 27-29 August 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine, for three days of commemorative events.
“The Ukrainian World Congress is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations in celebrating 50 years of the UWC with awareness raising initiatives that will serve to further unite the Ukrainian people at a critical juncture in history,” stated Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Iryna Mycak.
The UWC encourages everyone to participate in the social media campaign by sharing the quotes that will appear daily on the Facebook pages of both the IIECDR https://www.facebook.com/MIOK.LVIV.UA and the UWC https://www.facebook.com/UWCongress/ .
UWC launches 50th anniversary celebrations in Toronto
On 26 February 2017, in Toronto, Canada, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) officially launched celebrations of its 50th anniversary of uniting Ukrainian communities around the world in furthering the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people under the motto Ukrainians together – the future is ours!
Paying tribute to the founders, presidents and dedicated UWC leadership throughout history, the program offered the audience a glimpse into the past of the UWC, its many achievements and the strength of this coordinating body today as supported by its network of Ukrainian communities in 53 countries.
A brief history of the UWC was presented with the screening of a documentary film titled 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress produced by Iryna Korpan.
UWC President Eugene Czolij delivered an address during which he recognized the important role of the UWC as the voice of the Ukrainian people among the international community, and the increasing significance of this role in light of the unrelenting hybrid war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Eugene Czolij called for even greater mobilization of the Ukrainian community into a united effort focused on supporting Ukraine during this crisis of international proportion. The UWC President expressed gratitude to the past and present leadership of the UWC for their dedicated work, and to all donors to the UWC for their ongoing support which enables the UWC to independently fulfill its mandate.
The Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Iryna Mycak presented the plans for 2017 which are designed to raise awareness of the UWC and to include, with a varied program of events, Ukrainian communities throughout the 53-country network, Ukrainians in Ukraine, and every Ukrainian and friend of Ukraine around the world. Among the highlights will be a series of conferences designed to develop a road map for the future of the UWC scheduled for the cities of Buenos Aires, Brussels, Lviv, New York and Toronto. Signature events will be held in Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine, in August, and Toronto, Canada in November.
The program also included greetings from Bishop Andriy of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto Andrii Veselovskyi, Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod, and video greetings from Director of the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic Dr. Iryna Kluchkovska and Ukrainian communities around the world.
“The UWC calls upon its global network of Ukrainian communities, organizations in Ukraine and the international community to mark the 50thanniversary of the UWC, and thereby demonstrate solidarity and support for its activities,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
“Imagine harnessing into one powerful force the energy and dedication of every Ukrainian worldwide who believes in Ukraine’s limitless potential. That force is the Ukrainian World Congress,” stated UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Iryna Mycak. “We invite the world to join us in celebrating this joint milestone.”
UWC prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017
In 2017 the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is preparing to celebrate 50 years of success in uniting Ukrainian communities worldwide to further the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, and promote a common vision for the future.
The UWC aims to engage with its commemorative program communities in all of the 53 countries in which the UWC has direct ties, every Ukrainian and friend of Ukraine around the world, and the broader international community.
To spearhead the celebrations, the UWC Board of Directors has appointed a UWC 50th Anniversary Committee chaired by Irene Mycak (Canada) and including the following members: Eugene Czolij (Canada), Jaroszlava Hartyanyi (Hungary), Orysia Sushko (Canada), Stefan Romaniw (Australia), Zenon Potichny (Canada), Anna Kisil (Canada), Walter Zaryckyj (USA), Yuri Chopyk (Spain) and Iryna Kluchkovska (Ukraine).
“I encourage our organizations to join our common celebration of UWC’s 50th anniversary by spearheading initiatives in your communities and sharing our joint successes and goals with the world,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.