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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Celebrating Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month

 

The Board of Trustees has proclaimed September as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month, with September 7th as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day at the TCDSB.

 

For teacher/parent resources to teach and learn more about Ukrainian Canadian Heritage, use the links on the right-hand side of the page. 

 

Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month Celebration

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, staff, students and parents came together at St. Demetrius Catholic School to celebrate Ukrainian Heritage Month with a Mass and Cultural Exposé.
 
Once Mass was over, Trustee, Ann Andrachuk kicked off the event with opening remarks on the importance of Ukrainian Heritage Month and the contributions Ukrainians have made within school communities and Canadian society. The audience was then taken back through time with a presentation about the history of Ukrainians, and their journey to Canada. Attendees also enjoyed Ukrainian entertainment from students which included traditional songs, dances and instrument performances.
 
Director of Education, Rory McGuckin closed off the ceremony with remarks thanking everyone involved for their hard work and reminded the school community that we all belong to the TCDSB family. Students and guests were then offered traditional Ukrainian food and refreshments after the event. Thank you to everyone who made this celebration a success!
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Ukrainian Canadian Heritage flyer 

 

 

Proclamation

 

WHEREAS: September is significant for Ukrainian Canadians as it closely follows annual traditional celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence (August 24th), Ontario’s Ukrainian Heritage Day (September 7th) and the City of Toronto’s Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival;

 

AND WHEREAS: more than 25 percent of Canada’s 1.4 million Ukrainian Canadians live in the Greater Toronto Area representing the largest Ukrainian community outside of the Ukraine and Russia;


AND WHEREAS: Ukrainians have had a central role in building Canada for over 125 years, playing an important role in the development of Ontario, and the City of Toronto into one of the most desirable places in the world in which to live through its community leaders who have contributed significantly to the nation’s multicultural mosaic in the areas of politics, business, education, sports, music and the arts;


AND WHEREAS: the Ukrainian Canadian community and the Eastern Rite Ukrainian Catholic Church have had a strong 50-plus year relationship with the Toronto Catholic District School Board resulting in a vibrant, synergistic partnership that created Eastern Rite Ukrainian Schools which pioneered full- day kindergarten in Ontario, while also establishing academic excellence based on a rich, faith-based learning environment for all generations of Ukrainian Canadians in the Toronto area;


AND WHEREAS: the religious, cultural and academic traditions embodied by our Eastern Rite Ukrainian Schools of Josyf Cardinal Slipyj, St. Demetrius and St. Josaphat are supported by a nourishing and engaged community that has created learning environments that augment the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum with spiritually rich and diverse cultural programming;


THEREFORE, the Toronto Catholic District School Board hereby proclaims September 7 as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day and September as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month annually throughout the Board.


NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT 
The Toronto Catholic District School Board, hereby proclaims
SEPTEMBER as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month and SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day.

 

Rory McGuckin, Director of Education | Barbara Poplawski, Chair of the Board  

 

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