TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - We are one week away from the 24th
Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians, which for the first time in
70 years will take place in Toronto. Organizers are preparing the
Marriott Airport Hotel venue on Dixon Road for an engaging weekend of
ideas, dialogue and decision-making.
We are pleased to announce the participation of Canada's Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
the Hon. Jason Kenney, Leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon.
Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, MP Leader of the Federal Liberal
Party. All have confirmed their attendance at our official opening
ceremony Friday, November 8th at 7PM.
This gathering is taking place as celebrations intersect with concerns
for Ukrainian Canadians. This year is the 100th birthday of a Ukrainian son who became Canada's acknowledged father of
multiculturalism- the late Senator Paul Yuzyk. Last Friday, a postage
stamp was issued to honour his accomplishments. We will also be
gathering in solemn remembrance for the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor genocide and to discuss its rightful and
permanent placement among the prominent exhibits at the Canadian Museum
of Human Rights.
Other congress participants include Canadian Ambassador of Religious
Freedom Andrew Bennett, Ukraine's Ambassador to Canada- Vadym Prystaiko
and the Rector of Kyiv Mohyla Academy- Serhiy Kvit. Topics for
discussion will include: Ukrainian arts and culture, the conservation
of our language and the building of understanding among Canadians of
all backgrounds. We will also examine the situation inside and the
outlook for Ukraine- one year after its parliamentary elections, as it
teeters on the doorstep of European union.
"We are excited to have an excellent lineup of speakers, delegates from
across our country and to be part of this Toronto welcome," stated UCC
national president, Paul Grod. "Ukrainians in Canada will be adding to
an already thriving vision, giving our leadership a mandate for the
future of our community."
The XXIV UCC Congress information and registration package is available
online www.ucc.ca. Accredited media should register no later than November 8th by contacting the event's media relations director- Steve Andrusiak.
SOURCE: Ukrainian Canadian Congress
For further information:
UCC Media Contact:
Mr. Steve Andrusiak