MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
A wee bit of history regarding the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services (“UCSS”) Vancouver Branch.
UCSS was founded in the 1960’s by:
- Valentina Kastryk
- Valentina Revutsky
- Steve Petelyeky
In the early years approximately 380 immigrant families were helped by UCSS.
Immigrants that arrived in Canada were helped with housing; food; medical; clothing and schooling.
With immigration laws changing dramatically over the years, we have devoted our time in assisting seniors and orphans in the Ukraine.
There are 240 children that are in the Sadgora Sanatorium in Chernivetska, 85% of the children in this hospital are orphans.
Our goal this year is to completely remodel a room in the sanatorium and have the room equipped with dental equipment so these children with tuberculosis have access to dental care. The equipment necessary to provide dental care to these children is badly needed.
There are 4 orphanages; a senior home and a village school which we are doing our best to provide assistance to. We have sent a total of 17 parcels that were distributed amongst these places. Also, two parcels of English books were sent to a village school in the Ukraine.
In addition, we have provided a six year old boy who has spinal bifida with a wheelchair.
Any and all donations are gratefully appreciated, an income tax receipt will be provided and mailed to all that donate.
Donations can be sent to Ukrainian Canadian Social Services at the following address:
Unit 4 – 22308 – 124th Avenue
Maple Ridge, B.C.
Phone: (604) 477-0171
President, UCSS Vancouver Branch