The Manitoba Ukrainian community is a vibrant and active group dedicated to sharing its rich heritage with family, friends and other Manitobans.
Recently I had the pleasure of attending the annual Osvita Foundation Testimonial Banquet, where members of the Ukrainian-Manitoban community celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. The Osvita Foundation plays an important role in supporting the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program (EUBP) in our schools here in River East-Transcona and throughout the province.
Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education (MPUE) is another amazingly active group. These parents have dedicated their efforts to keeping the Ukrainian connection flourishing in Manitoba. I was very impressed with the MPUE’s project to commemorate Shevchenko’s birth.
English-Ukrainian bilingual students, with the help of artist Marika Sokulski, created beautiful fabric representations of Taras Shevchenko’s significant contributions to Ukrainian culture and dreams of independence. Students from the English-Ukrainian programs at Rossmere’s Springfield Heights School, Bernie Wolfe Community School and Chief Peguis Junior High helped create this amazing quilt.
These beautiful pieces of art were unveiled at the Osvita Foundation dinner, and have since travelled to the Manitoba Legislative Building, to Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin and to the Ukrainian-Kyiv Folkorama pavilion.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ukrainian bilingual programs, or any other Ukrainian programs offered in Manitoba, feel free to contact my office at 204-667-7244 or by email at Erna.Braun@yourmanitoba.ca. You can also get in touch with MPUE directly at 204-942-5405.
I wish everyone a happy back-to-school season, and best of luck as you start the new school year.