Ukrainian Canadian Congress
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The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) describes itself as being the representative of the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and Government of Canada, promotes linkages with Ukraine and identifies and addresses the needs of the Ukrainian community in Canada to ensure its continued existence and development for the enhancement of Canada’s socio-cultural fabric. Originally known as the Ukrainian Canadian Committee, it was established as a result of the efforts of the Ukrainian Canadian community in November 1940 by the Government of Canada.
According to the 2011 Census, there are over 1.25 million Canadians of Ukrainian background living in Canada. The Ukrainians first settled in Canada in 1891 and have developed strong communities in every region of Canada.
UCC represents the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and Government of Canada, promotes linkages with Ukraine and identifies and addresses the needs of the Ukrainian community in Canada to ensure its continued existence and development for the enhancement of Canada’s socio-cultural fabric.
UCC strives to be a proactive, national, united and self-sustaining body that provides a high standard of leadership in developing the destiny of Ukrainian Canadians.
The current UCC National President is Paul M. Grod (2007–present). Mr. Grod was first elected at the Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians and was subsequently re-elected at the XXIII Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians held in Edmonton in 2010.
UCC past Presidents include:
- Ms. Orysia Sushko
- Mr. Eugene Czolij, Q.C.
- Mr. Oleh Romaniw, Q.C.
- Mr. Dmytro Cipywnyk, C.M., M.D.
- Mr. John Nowosad
- Dr. Serge Radchuk, C.M., Q.C.
- Dr. Peter Kondra
- Very Rev. Dr. Serge Sawchuk
- Mr. Antony Yaremovich
- Rev. Dr. Wasyl Kushnir
- (1940-1953); (1959-1971)
UCC National has two main offices. The Head Office is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the National Office is located in Ottawa, Ontario. The organization has various tiers. UCC is made up of:
- 6 Provincial Councils (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec & Saskatchewan)
- 20 Branches (Brantford, ON., Calgary, AB., Canora, SK., Durham Region, ON., Edmonton, AB., Hamilton, ON., Lethbridge, AB., London, ON., Montreal, QC., Ottawa, ON., Regina, SK., Saskatoon, SK., St. Catherines, ON., Toronto, ON., Vancouver, BC., Vernon, BC., Welland, ON., Windsor, ON., Yorkton, SK.)
- 31 National Members (Ukrainian Organizations)
- 17 Committees
UCC and its President Paul Grod were listed as among the "Top 80 Influencing Canada's Foreign Policy" in March 2012 by Embassy Magazine, Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly.(www.embassymag.ca March 28, 2012, "The Top 80 Influencing Canada's Foreign Policy", pp. 10–11).