Gala Banquet and Dance – Ukraine’s 25th Anniversary of Independence and 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Pioneers in Canada

On August 27, 2016, the League of Ukrainian Women in Canada – Calgary Branch, in cooperation with a number of Ukrainian organizations in Calgary, organized a fundraiser Gala Banquet & Dance to celebrate these two memorable dates for Canadian Ukrainians. While our primary mission was to commemorate these two significant anniversaries, we also fundraised and donated $5,000 to the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta. In addition, all proceeds from the Silent Auction held during the Gala and other designated donations – $5,000 in total – were gifted to the Guardian Angels Ukraine Project. The event included prominent guest speaker, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko.

The Gala was attended by 250 guests. The feedback from our guests and community members was that the event was a huge success. It brought together all Ukrainian Calgarians, regardless of their affiliations. It showcased our rich traditions – from the food served, to the history of Ukrainian Pioneers in Canada, to our cultural heritage of song and dance. It was pertinent and accessible to Ukrainians of all ages and backgrounds.

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Wheat Weaving Workshop: Keeping Ancient Tradition Alive

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In December 2015, Maria Shysh, an enthusiastic artisan, taught League members the traditional craft of wheat weaving. According to Ukrainian custom, wheat weavings are considered house blessings and make great house warming gifts. That is why we decided not only … Continue reading

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Borscht Brigade – Holodomor Commemoration 2015

In preparing for the Holodomor Commemoration on November 28, 2015, our “Borscht Brigade” began work two days in advance. For many years, our ladies have provided the “Hungry Lunch” at the Commemoration. To change it up from the usual broth and dark bread, we switched over to borscht-in-a cup with dark rye bread. Many thanks to Teresa, Vita, and Marusia!

Funds raised were designated for the Guardian Angels Ukraine Project.

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Commemorative Quilt

In 2012, the Calgary chapter of the League of Ukrainian Women in Canada organized a project for its members to promote the rich and beautiful Ukrainian tradition of embroidery. Members and friends painstakingly hand-stitched 35 squares of their favourite Ukrainian embroidery designs, which were then sewn into a quilt.  The designs also incorporated the “Tryzub”, Ukraine’s national coat of arms, our adopted homeland’s Canadian maple leaf, and a cross signifying our faith in God and a tribute to those women who laid the foundation of our organization. The quilt was donated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in commemoration of the 1025th anniversary of the conversion to Christianity of Kyivan Rus.

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