Ukrainian World Congress presents donation to Kyiv-Mohyla Academy for a program related to the Ukrainian diaspora
On 22 November 2018, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij, while in Kyiv, Ukraine, presented a donation in the amount of $25,000 to National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NAUKMA) from the estate it received from the late Dmytro Shelegon.
Born in Zastavna in the Bukovyna region of Ukraine, Dmytro Shelegon immigrated to Canada post World War II, settling first in Thunder Bay and then in Oshawa, where he dedicated his life to the prosperity of the Ukrainian community, and particularly St. John’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church where he and his wife Julia were active parishioners. Julia Shelegon, a Holodomor survivor, was a teacher, author and poetess, publishing two books under pen name Vera Vorsklo. The issue of education was close to the hearts of the couple and they shared in their high regard for the work of NAUKMA.
The donation, accepted by NAUKMA President Andriy Meleshevych,will serve to establish the Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of Canada, and together with the newly-established Foundation, NAUKMA will develop a program related to the Ukrainian diaspora.
The UWC President was accompanied to the presentation by Director of the UWC Mission to Ukraine Serhiy Kasyanchuk and Director of the UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels Maryna Iaroshevych.
“It is an honour for the Ukrainian World Congress to present this donation in memory of its late supporters Dmytro and Julia Shelegon to the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with which it has a long history of cooperation, and we look forward to the development of a program related to the Ukrainian diaspora,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
Read more about the presentation on the NAUKMA website.