Ukrainian Canadian Congress Hamilton Конгрес Українців Канади відділ Гамільтон
Ukrainian Canadian Congress HamiltonКонгрес Українців Канади відділ Гамільтон

UCC Hamilton & HPIC Donate $165,000 to Medical Aid for Ukraine

Left to Right: Mary Holadyk, VP UCC Hamilton; Natalie Nebesny, Treasurer, UCC Hamilton; Elena Lazar, President, UCC Hamilton; Dayana Gomez, Director, Philanthropy & Communications, HPIC 

The Fundraiser for Ukraine sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Hamilton in conjunction with the Cotton Factory was held on May 30, 2024, at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton.

Approximately 150 people supported the event, featuring Ukrainian dancing by the Chaika Intermediate Dancers, a performance by Victor Mishalow's Bandura group, traditional Ukrainian folk music played by Zenon Holadyk, live painting by three artists, a silent auction and a raffle. Of special delight were the delicious pyrohy and chocolate truffles in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag made by Stephanie Strychowsky. 

The Fundraiser raised a total of $15,000 for medical aid for Ukraine which was donated to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC) a non-profit organization that sends medical aid to vulnerable countries. For every dollar raised HPIC receives an additional $10 in medical assistance. The UCC Hamilton donation of $15,000 will equal $150,000 in medicine going to medical facilities in Ukraine. 

In addition to the funds raised by UCC Hamilton, GSK Canada, one of HPIC's partners will match our $15,000 donation to make the final amount going to Ukraine in medical aid $165,000.

The Fundraiser for Ukraine would not be the success that it was if it were not for the UCC Member organizations who donated prizes for the raffle, and for the volunteers who gave up their afternoon and evening to set up and help at the event:

UCC Member organizations:  

  • Brotherhood of Ukrainian Canadians (TYC)
  • Knights of Columbus 7464 Father Markian Shashkevych Council
  • League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUK)
  • Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association (UCPBA)
  • Ukrainian Canadian Seniors Club
  • Ukrainian Canadian Social Services
  • Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada (UCWLC)
  • Ukrainian National Federation (UNF)
  • Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM)
  • Ukrainian Women's Organization (UWAC) - Lesia Ukrainka Branch
  • Ukrainian Women's Organization (UWO) - Olha Basarab Branch


Fundraiser for Ukraine Volunteers:

  • Natalie Nebesny
  • Gloria Marusiak
  • Larysa Baran
  • Christine Clarke
  • Alexandra Lazar
  • Lesia Kicak
  • Mary Holadyk
  • Christine Baraniak,
  • Irene Hornich,
  • Lida Narozniak,
  • Elena Lazar
  • Stephanie Strychowsky
  • Oles Kolacz
  • Zenon Holadyk
  • Marichka Duncan
  • Myron Lazar



  • Aram Salyi
  • Tetiana Federenko
  • Maryna Kolvakh


Thank you to all who attended and donated to this fundraiser, our partner organizations, and our volunteers. Thank you as well to the Cotton Factory for hosting this event.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Community Calendar

For upcoming events throughtout 2023, view the UCC Community Calendar and join in the celebrations, memorials and local events in your area.

UCC Community Calendar - English
ENGLISH_UCC Community Calendar.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.5 MB]
Calendrier communautaire UCC - FRANCAIS
FR_UCC Community Calendar.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.5 MB]


With the war in Ukraine, it is anticipated tens of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing war will make their way to Canada.

The City of Hamilton is facilitating a local community response to support Ukrainian arrivals.

Proactive coordination between the local Ukrainian community, the City, immigration/resettlement agencies, public health, and health care agencies, social services (housing and income supports), child care, and education is needed to safely support and warmly welcome the arrival of Ukrainian newcomers.

Information & support for Ukrainian newcomers & host families

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