The Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada’s Annual Leadership Seminar took place in Etobicoke on February 28 – March 1, parallel to CYM Canada’s AGM. 28 members of starshe ‘yuntatsvo’ and young ‘druzhynnyky’ representing the Edmonton, Calgary, Etobicoke, Montreal, Mississauga and St. Catherines branches attended. The seminar led by Lida Jendzjowsky and Natalie Kardasz welcomed a host of guest speakers: Father Andrij Figol, Tamara Tataryn, Bohdanka Hontar and Nestor Sanajko. Furthermore, via weblink, short presentations were made by Stefan Romaniw and Stefan Duma (Australia), Svyatoslav Lypovetsky (Ukraine) and Andrij Ivanochko (Portugal). This year’s Leadership Seminar program was based on two modules: Leadership and ‘CYMoznavstvo’.
The first day’s program included participation in the opening CYM Canada AGM session to get a better understanding of the reporting, scrutinizing and adopting of reports presented by the elected National Executive. More memorable, undoubtedly was the opportunity to listen and submit questions to the general chaplain of CYM, newly appointed Bishop Stepan Sus, who was the distinguished guest of honour that evening.
The focus of most of Saturday was based on learning the various forms, characteristics and features of good leadership in addition to diving deeper into the history and ideology of CYM, its program, organizational structure and role in the broader Ukrainian community.
On Sunday morning, after Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mississauga, the final Leadership Seminar session entailed the presentation of projects by participants of the prior year’s Seminar, as part of their overall assessment.
The last session was dedicated to the presentation of awards to those young members who successfully finished all three leadership program modules: Jasmin Shwec and Zoya Shwec from Montreal, and Khrystyna Zagirska from Calgary.
The National Executive of CYM in Canada thanks and congratulates all Leadership Seminar participants and wishes them all the best in their future endeavors in particular within our organization. A sincere thank you to the organizers of the Seminar and all the guests and guest speakers who generously gave of their time and effort for the benefit of our future leaders.
More photographs can be found under the following link: Seminar 2020.