On August 20th, Camp Zaporihzia in Sudbury welcomed everyone to its official reopening. The flag risen at the day’s ceremony are hoped to fly above the camp for many years to come. The grounds are named in reference to a strong and powerful history. Let’s continue to do it proud!
A special thank you to UCC Youth Engaging Youth and Canada 150 was expressed at the picnic for their generous sponsorship. Alex at the European Deli for his gracious discount were thanked as well, as well as all of the people who helped in the past couple of weeks to clean the grounds in preparation for the special day.
The picnic was organized to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. The first Ukrainian immigrants came to this country 126 years ago and we made it our home. Today we make up 3.7% of the Canadian population.
We are actors and entertainers – Fred Ewanuick who plays Hank on Corner Gas, Luba Goy, Tatiana Maslany, William Shatner, Alex Trabek and Katheryn Winnick of the Vikings.
We are artists – Edward Butynski photographer, John Kricfalust cartoonist and creator of Ren and Stimpy, William Kurelek, Oleg Lipchenko.
Athletes – Dave Andrychuk, Mike Bossy, Tyler Bozak, Wayne Gretzky, Dale Harechuck, Joffery Lupal, JD Micheals wrestler, Orest Meleshuck curler, Bronko Nagurski NFL, Eugene Melnek owner of the Ottawa Senators.
We are in government – John Sopinka Supreme Court, Chrystia Freeland MP, Roman Hnytyshyn Governor General.
We have served valiantly in the Canadian Military Filip Konowal Victoria Cross Recipient
We are Musicians – Randy Buchman The Guess Who, Paul Brant, Ron Cahute, Ivan and Steve Doroschuck Men Without Hats,
We are scientists – Albert Bandura psychologist, Roberta Bodnar astronaut, Isidore Hlynka biochemist.
Superman was co created by Joe Shuster – a Ukrainian Canadian
Today we say happy birthday Canada – our home. Let’s raise the Canadian flag and sing O Canada.
The picnic also commemorated Ukrainian Independence Day as it was declared on August 24 1991. It has been 26 years since independence was declared but as we know our history is far older dating to Kievan Rus in 882 AD. We are well aware that “Freedom isn’t free” and that anything worth having is worth fighting for. We remember multiple generations of Ukrainians who fought and died for the Ukrainian national identity and state independence. We hope and pray that a new age of peace will come soon.
The UNF continues to support Ukraine in a future of democracy liberty and human dignity. We as Ukrainian Canadians rejoice as Ukraine continues to make political and business connections outside her borders and become stronger in her own right daily.
Slava Ukraini! Heroyim Slava!
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